Looking out at Covent Garden Piazza from the Royal Opera House, it’s easy to forget that this site, teeming with tourists, was once home to London’s most famous fruit and vegetable market. By marvellous coincidence, the opera director Barrie Kosky’s grandfather from the East End used to have a stall there.
Looking out at Covent Garden Piazza from the Royal Opera House, it's easy to forget that this site, teeming with tourists, was once home to London's most famous fruit and vegetable market. By marvellous coincidence, the opera director Barrie Kosky's grandfather from the East End used to have a stall there.
There are Bobcats and Dylanologists. Bobcats focus mainly on the concerts, Dylanologists on the lyrics. Bobcats record anorakishly every detail of their idol's life but Dylanologists focus on just one aspect, as they tend to be professors of literature. While Bobcats have enthusiasm, Dylanologists have insight. The latter also breed like rabbits.
A special blend of Russian and Jewish heritage has fed into the pianist Kirill Gerstein's dynamic artistry. He is blessed with a magnificent technique and questing musicianship, plus a nonchalant flair at the keyboard fed by his skill at jazz improvisation. Now 36, he lives in Berlin with his Israeli wife, Noam, a former chef, and their young son.
There are few people in the UK who have done as much to make classical music popular as Debbie Wiseman. As the composer of more than 200 scores for films and television, her music has been enjoyed by millions.
You have to feel a bit sorry for Craig David. At just 19 years old, he burst onto the scene in 2000 with his chart-topping debut Born To Do It, pioneering UK garage. The album went multi-platinum, making him a global star.
Sophie Solomon is relaxed. Despite an eye-wateringly early call to accommodate the time difference in Los Angeles where she's currently promoting her new album, she's on great form, talking enthusiastically about her life and music. It's not the Sophie Solomon I remember from back in the early 2000s, when she was lead performer of the trailblazing British klezmer band Oi Va Voi.
He may be a sensation in Israel - his concert was a sell-out at the Jerusalem Festival of Sacred Music - but Ziv Yehezkel's one and only British performance was private event for a wealthy Dubai family.