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Nick Kimberley


Spitalfields Music Festival: The best concerts to book

Since 1976, the annual Spitalfields Music Festival has captured the area’s reputation for resistance and inclusiveness. Here’s are pick of eight concerts that capture that spirit in the 2022 edition

Jun 23, 2022

What to see at the BBC Proms 2022, from Cynthia Erivo to Yuja Wang

Our critic picks the best of a bumper crop of Proms gigs to book now

Jun 16, 2022

Eugene Onegin, Opera Holland Park: tricky staging undermines intensity

Fine singers were not well-served by the stark design and out-of-focus direction

Jun 1, 2022

LSO/Michael Tilson Thomas at the Barbican an explosive, defiant show

The conductor showed no diminishment in his powers in this show that felt like it nearly blew the roof off the Barbican

May 16, 2022

La Bohème, the King’s Head: opera on a shoestring but affectingly sung

Mark Ravenhill’s first production as artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre moves Puccuni’s opera to contemporary London

May 4, 2022

London Handel Festival opening night review: a rousing, joyful start

A programme of Handel’s greatest hits kicked off the festival in his name at his former local church

Mar 24, 2022

La Bohème by English Touring Opera review - see this for the singing

The music works beautifully in this revival, though the production feels cluttered and messy at times

Feb 28, 2022

The Cunning Little Vixen at ENO: a bright and vivacious show

There’s always something eye-catching going on in Jamie Munton’s lively new production of Janacek’s great tale

Feb 21, 2022

London Sinfonietta/Edwards: rewarding and fuelled by righteous anger

Two new works by emerging composers were head-on confrontations with everyday politics (and no suitcase of wine in sight)

Feb 7, 2022

LPO/Canellakis review: An excellent team in the making

The New York-born conductor showcased a genuine rapport with one of Europe’s finest orchestras

Jan 20, 2022

Sound Voice Installation at Kings Place: Challenging and beautiful

The venue’s celebration of the voice launched with a thoughtful look at what happens when it’s cruelly taken away

Jan 17, 2022

HMS Pinafore at ENO: Schoolboy slapstick is fun but slides over satire

A broad brush approach makes this new production enjoyable but a bit of a missed opportunity

Nov 1, 2021

Colin Currie Group/Synergy Vocals: A birthday card to Steve Reich

The programme featured 85-year-old Reich’s latest work, Traveler’s Prayer, alongside older pieces that have lost none of their redemptive power over the years

Oct 20, 2021

Satyagraha at the London Coliseum review: A magnificent show

Phelim McDermott’s production of Philip Glass’s oblique but compelling 1980 work features an outstanding performance from Sean Panikkar as Gandhi

Oct 15, 2021

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Volkov and BBC SSO Proms review

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and quartet Folktone were filled with vibrant energy, with virtuosic accompaniment from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Aug 31, 2021

Rattle/LSO Proms review: an orchestra at the top of their game

The London Symphony Orchestra performed three works by Stravinsky, marking 50 years since the composer’s death

Aug 23, 2021

Spitalfields Festival: Never to Forget, opening concert review

Our critic’s first live concert since lockdown with work by Howard Goodall and Errollyn Wallen didn’t disappoint

Jul 2, 2021

Interactive digital theatre from home? It’s not just a Dream

The RSC’s new production with the Philharmonia allows digital audiences to interact with the show in real time and real terms

Mar 9, 2021

How the opera world is facing its post-Covid future

The challenges of the pandemic have forced the opera sector to modernise - Nick Kimberley finds out how companies are feeling about the future

Mar 5, 2021