2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – Longlist Announced

Many congratulations to the authors who have made the longlist The longlisted books are as follows: Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins Shirley Barrett: Rush Oh! Cynthia Bond: Ruby Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Jackie Copleton: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding Rachel Elliott: Whispers Through a Megaphone… Read full story

Royal College Of Music To Celebrate International Women’s Day

The Royal College of Music will celebrate its inaugural Women in Music at the RCM event on Tuesday 8 March 2016. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the RCM’s diverse programme of events will celebrate the finest female exponents from the world of classical music. Exceptional female musicians are firmly rooted in the RCM’s history and today, women comprise… Read full story

Mini VAULT Festival For Families – Dates and Programme Announced

Selected last year for Time Out's Top 10 activities for kids, Mini Works present Mini VAULT Festival, a spectacular family event for under 11s in the tunnels under Waterloo Station in London. The festival will run from 30 January - 5 March 2016. Further information about the programme and tickets can be found here   Read full story

Mahogany Opera Group Announces UK Tour For New Family Pageant Opera The Rattler

Mahogany Opera Group’s new opera, The Rattler, is ‘the true and original story of Rumpelstiltskin’, an interactive retelling of this age-old fairy tale for family audiences. The work is directed by Frederic Wake-Walker with a score by renowned composer and educationalist Stephen Deazley, and libretto by BAFTA-nominated writer Martin Riley.  The production has also been developed in association… Read full story

Nadine Koutcher Crowned BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2015

32 year old Nadine Koutcher from Belarus has won BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015, receiving a £15,000 prize and the Cardiff trophy from the competition’s patron, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa At the final, held on Sunday 21 June at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Nadine performed Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The… Read full story

Review: Puss in Boots – Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

We took our recently-turned 6 year old to Puss in Boots yesterday at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. This one-man production performed by Patrick Lynch (C-Beebies), presented by Lyngo Theatre and written by Marcello Chiarenza is children’s theatre and the Polka at its best. The classic tale was simply but very effectively staged and kept… Read full story

Marin Alsop To Conduct The Last Night Of The Proms 2015

Marin Alsop has been confirmed as the conductor of the Last Night of the Proms 2015, which will take place on 12 September.  Ms Alsop conducted the Last Night of the Proms in 2013. Alsop is joined by tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Danielle de Niese and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the programme will include Last… Read full story

My First Ballet: Swan Lake – Tour Details Announced

[caption id="attachment_3752" align="alignleft" width="150"] Photo: Arnaud Stephenson[/caption] English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are delighted to announce the tour details for My First Ballet: Swan Lake. The First Ballet series makes classical ballet accessible and enjoyable for audiences as young as three years old. Adapted to one hour in length and with a narrator… Read full story