Interview: Bette Midler

By Ruth Huntman, November 20, 2014

Setting up an audience with the showbusiness behemoth that is Bette Midler is an unnerving experience… for all the right reasons. Let me explain.

When interviewing the famous - especially those of Midler's calibre - there's often a life-draining ritual that must be negotiated before the golden ticket is granted.


She was the voice of the Jewish blues

By John Nathan, November 20, 2014

Next week, the British Greek-Cypriot folk singer Martha D Lewis releases a CD whose inspiration is one of the great, overlooked solo artists of the last century.


Opera review: Idomeneo

By Stephen Pollard, November 13, 2014

Martin Kusej's cult-cum-dictatorship interpretation of Idomeneo was roundly booed on its opening night. But although much of it is rather silly - Arbace wanders around, inexplicably, with an accordion - much of it is rather good. It's thought-provoking to have the chorus singing not in admiration of Idomeneo but compelled by force to do so.


My musical tribute to the kinder

By John Nathan, November 6, 2014

Some works of art were just meant to be. Five decades ago, way before Carl Davis became known for music compositions that became lodged in the public consciousness - among them the theme to the ultimate documentary series, The World at War and the score for the unforgettable movie, The French Lieutenant's Woman - he decided that Vienna was not for him.


Fiddler on the Roof ticket offer

November 3, 2014

We’ve joined the fiddler to shout from the rooftops: opera superstar Bryn Terfel is coming to Grange Park to play Tevye, the homespun philosopher-cum-milkman in Fiddler
on the Roof next
June and July.


My Fiddler on the Roof was born on Cable Street

By John Nathan, October 30, 2014

It was Bryn Terfel's suggestion. The opera superstar could have insisted his first full scale opera at Grange Park featured a classic role: Puccini's Scarpia perhaps, or Wagner's Wotan, Mozart's Don Giovanni or Verdi's Falstaff. But Bock and Harnick's Tevye?


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.


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.


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.


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."