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Chief Arts Writer — Guardian

Chief culture writer, the Guardian; classicist; amateur violinist. THIS NEW NOISE, a book on the BBC, is published by Guardian-Faber on 18 June.

Has the BBC lost its nerve over political dramas? — Grounded at the weekend by a virus, I didn't, as I might ordinarily have done, go to the theatre: instead I declined on to the sofa and let it come to me, by way of Coalition on Channel 4 by James Graham, one of Britain's most energetic and talented writers for stage and screen.

How Mark Leckey became the artist of the YouTube generation — The first time the New York gallerist Gavin Brown, an abundantly bearded, faintly ursine Briton, saw Mark Leckey, he was captured. "We were in the Chelsea Hotel," Brown recalled. "Mark was wearing a V-neck mohair jumper. His hair was some kind of elaborated form of Rod Stewart's, and he wore tight black trousers.

Burned but unbowed: Battersea Arts Centre is already bouncing back — Battersea Arts Centre suffered an appalling fire last Friday that has devastated its grand hall. The pictures of flames licking over the building's roof were chilling. But the mood at the theatre is resilient, and shows are going on. Next Tuesday, 24 March, sees the start of the new Hourglass festival, with debates, cabaret, shows and events created by young producers.

Pop goes the festival: Fergus Linehan unveils his Edinburgh 2015 surprises — I have been in the director's office at the Edinburgh international festival HQ many times, but no one has ever apologised quite so disarmingly for its almost comical size and pomposity. It contains a boardroom table that seats at least a dozen, plus a sofa and armchairs as well as a desk.

Theatre: the nation’s debating chamber — It is a largely male cast. Raked seating flanks a thrust stage, and from time to time people leap up from the rows of benches to shout out their lines, as if they are audience and actors both. All is loosely controlled, it seems, by a man who sits on a kind of throne.

Working with Simon Rattle has been the best music education of my life — In the course of my 30 years as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra I have worked with three different principal conductors, each of whom made their own unique and indelible impact not only on the orchestra but on the wider music world.

Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs — Sir Simon Rattle's return to Britain is a once-in-a-generation opportunity; not just for the London Symphony Orchestra, whose national significance and international profile his appointment raises exponentially, but for the whole of orchestral and classical music in the country.

Simon Rattle appointed music director of London Symphony Orchestra — Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed as the music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. The news, as big as it gets in the world of classical music, ends months of speculation that Rattle would return to the UK when his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic finished.

Simon Rattle is waving his baton at the wrong cause — What price Sir Simon Rattle? £100m? £200m? The conductor has long been in discussions with the London Symphony Orchestra about the terms of his taking over the music directorship of that orchestra when he leaves the Berlin Philharmonic, and when Valery Gergiev's tenure in London ends.

Death becomes her: how Juliette Binoche and Ivo van Hove remade Antigone — Patrick O'Kane, the actor who is playing Creon in Ivo van Hove's production of Sophocles's Antigone, is waiting for the working day to begin in a London rehearsal room, watching Andy Murray on his phone in the Australian Open. How do you find Van Hove, I ask. "Impish," he returns.
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Apr 24, 2015

“We will protect hunting, shooting and fishing”. Conservative manifesto, page 23. Definitely my favourite bit so far.

Apr 24, 2015

@randallwrites Bless you. I love that cup too. There used to be two, now only one... a bit cracked...

Apr 24, 2015

Not everyone in Berlin will be happy about Chris Dercon's arrival at the @Volksbuehne, it seems...…

Apr 24, 2015

The Berlin rumour mill was right: Chris Dercon to depart Tate Modern to @Volksbuehne in 2017, @WillGompertzBBC has just reported.

Apr 20, 2015

RT @ClareLongrigg: Guardian Long Reads are up for a Webby award, would be great if you could spare a moment to vote for us…

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