Music

Interview: Nili Hadida

By Paul Lester, October 14, 2014

The biggest band you've never heard of? Try Paris-based Lilly Wood and the Prick. This summer, the remix by German electronic music DJ Robin Schulz of their single, Prayer In C, reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK. Meanwhile, the video on YouTube has garnered upwards of 48 million views. You would imagine Lilly Wood's singer, Israeli-born Nili Hadida, might be ecstatic.

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Interview: David Baddiel

By John Nathan, October 2, 2014

'It's bad for the world, but it's quite good for us," says David Baddiel of his latest project. No, not his acclaimed return to stand-up in Fame - Not the Musical, which arrives at JW3 in December. Nor his first children's book, The Parent Agency, which is about to be published.

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Review: Barbra Streisand Partners

By Paul Lester, September 23, 2014

At the time of writing, Barbra Streisand's latest album - her 34th LP release - is due to hit the top of the American charts. If it does, it will make her the first artist to have had a number one in each of the past six decades. As the title suggests, Partners is a duets album, the sort of thing that all the music legends - notably Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett - have done.

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Jessie Ware: Things are looking up for the queen of UK soul

By Paul Lester, September 18, 2014

Back in the days when Jessie Ware was a young web reporter for the JC, she helped to compile a gig guide. "I used to do the listings for Jewish people appearing at Brixton Academy and now I'm playing there," says the acclaimed soul singer and songwriter, amazed by the transition. "It's fabulous." Has her change in fortunes exceeded her wildest expectations? "Absolutely."

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Opera review: Xerxes

By Stephen Pollard, September 18, 2014

I've seen Nicholas Hytner's production of Handel's comic opera at least a dozen times since it opened in 1985. And still I don't feel sated. This is simply one of the greatest opera productions - and it changed forever the perception of Handel as an opera composer. From box office death, Handel now almost guarantees a sell out.

This latest revival doesn't merely seem as fresh as ever.

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Interview: Patrick Bruel

By Barry Toberman, September 11, 2014

He's sold 14 million discs, has a string of movie credits and is a champion poker player to boot.

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Pianist is going to shul to launch concert series

By Richard J Oliver, September 4, 2014

Tel Aviv-born Inon Barnatan has won acclaim as one of the world's most sought-after young pianists. In his mid-30s, he has conquered America, being recently announced as the New York Philharmonic's first Associate Artist.

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Art conveys a picture of tranquility and travel

By Andrew Threlfall, August 21, 2014

Art Garfunkel is reminiscing about the early 1970s when, needing to escape the suffocation of superstardom, he loved "taking the Northern line up to Golders Green and Hampstead where I would meet many friends from the Jewish community". Or go looking for a bedsitter in Bayswater - "or was it Notting Hill?" - for a month or so to soak up London's vibrant multicultural life.

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Jess Glynne: The chart-topper who lives with her mum

By Paul Lester, July 24, 2014

In her description, Jess Glynne has experienced a "whirlwind" of a year. Twelve months ago, she was still working as part of the brand management team for a company dealing in the importing and exporting of alcohol. Then, last August, she handed in her notice, signed to the prestigious Atlantic label and began releasing records.

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Opera: Maria Stuarda

By Stephen Pollard, July 17, 2014

What is opera? One thing it isn't - or shouldn't be - is a parade of singers warbling for the sake of warbling. There is a long tradition of such productions - to wit, the regular vehicles staged for Dame Joan Sutherland to show off her vocal talents - that are more often than not hack works that would never deserve to be revived in any other context.

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