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Nov 30, 2012
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London show sheds light on Handel’s hidden “Messiah” helper


(Part of a portrait of George Frederic Handel by Thomas Hudson, 1749/Hamburger Stadtbibliothek)

Anyone dusting off their copy of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” in the run-up to Christmas this year might spare a thought for the unsung hero of the piece.

Nov 30, 2012

London plan to sell Henry Moore work hits legal snag

LONDON (Reuters) – Plans by a cash-strapped London borough to sell a Henry Moore sculpture worth up to 20 million pounds ($32 million) to help pay the bills has hit a snag after the Art Fund charity launched a legal challenge over who owns “Draped Seated Woman”.

Tower Hamlets in the east of the capital, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, is struggling to make austerity savings of 100 million pounds over the next two years, and proposed the sale of the Moore as a partial solution.

Nov 29, 2012

Show sheds light on Handel’s hidden “Messiah” helper

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Anyone dusting off their copy of
George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” in the run-up to Christmas
this year might spare a thought for the unsung hero of the

Without Charles Jennens, experts argue that the 18th century
oratorio would never have been created, robbing Western choral
music of one of its greatest works.

Nov 28, 2012

Russian region pays $2.4 million for Tarkovsky archive

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s Ivanovo region on Wednesday paid 1.5 million pounds ($2.4 million), or 15 times the estimate, for an archive of thousands of letters, photographs and recordings once belonging to leading film director Andrei Tarkovsky.

Tarkovsky, who was born in the region in 1932, is considered one of Russia’s greatest film makers, directing acclaimed movies including “Andrei Rublyev”, “Solaris” and “The Mirror”.

Nov 28, 2012

Sculptor Gormley wants us to get inside his head

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s foremost living sculptor Antony Gormley wants us to get inside his head with his latest work “Model”, a 100-tonne steel maze of cubes and squares, dark corners and splashes of light on show at the White Cube gallery in London.

The giant grey-black work, based on a human form lying down, is entered via the right “foot”, and combines the fun of an adventure playground with the unnerving quality of a labyrinth often plunged into darkness.

Nov 26, 2012

Robbie Williams aims to seal solo legacy with tour

LONDON (Reuters) – Still famous as the in-again/out-again member of chart-topping boyband Take That, British singer Robbie Williams says it is time to get serious as a solo artist and prove his place at the top of the pop pile.

Williams told reporters on Monday he planned a 15-date European stadium tour kicking off in Manchester on June 19, 2013 and concluding in Tallinn, Estonia on August 20.

Nov 26, 2012

Rolling Stones give satisfaction despite high prices

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones pranced, swaggered and laughed through the first of five concerts, celebrating their golden jubilee with a performance that critics said put paid to questions over ticket costs.

Virtually every reviewer at the first of two shows in London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night mentioned the controversy over high prices, but almost all of them said it was worth it.

Nov 26, 2012

Rolling Stones turn back clock with hit-filled comeback

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones turned back the clock in style on Sunday with their first concert in five years, strutting and swaggering their way through hit after familiar hit to celebrate 50 years in business.

Before a packed crowd of 20,000 at London’s O2 Arena, they banished doubts that age may have slowed down one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands, as lead singer Mick Jagger launched into “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

Nov 25, 2012

Rolling Stones fans pack O2 for return on 50th

LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Rolling Stones fans packed out
London’s O2 stadium on Sunday to see one of rock and roll’s
greatest and most enduring bands take to the stage to celebrate
their golden jubilee.

The sea of fans gathered round a stage in the shape of the
giant red lips logo synonymous with singer Mick Jagger,
guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie
Watts may be mostly silver-haired, but then the Stones are also
in their 60s and early 70s.

Nov 25, 2012

Rolling Stones return to mark 50 years in music

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones take to the stage later on Sunday after a five-year hiatus to celebrate the golden jubilee of one of the most successful and enduring bands in rock and roll history.

Now in their mid-60s to early 70s, lead singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts will perform five concerts – two at the O2 Arena in London on November 25 and 29 and three in the United States next month.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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