The 20 best music biopics – ranked! | Film

20. Great Balls of Fire! (1989) Some inspired casting made this biopic fiercely watchable – and it’s a movie that doesn’t quite conform to either of the genre’s two templates: underdog rise or tragic downfall. Dennis Quaid is the rock’n’roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis, the insurgent 50s star who married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra,… Continue reading The 20 best music biopics – ranked! | Film

One Direction’s 10 best music videos

This week, One Direction fans and the band themselves are celebrating 10 years since the group formed on The X Factor. As part of the celebrations, a brand new website is being launched with interactive playlists, and a video charting 1D’s rapid rise to world domination. Over the course of five years, One Direction scooped… Continue reading One Direction’s 10 best music videos

V Is For Victor – Matariki Music Performance

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:25 pmPress Release: The Incubator Creative Hub Having overcome an event that literally changed his life in 2018 performer Mana has found his feet again or more so risen from the ashes like the Phoenix. He has found his wings again and has relearned to fly -This is the evolution. This evening event… Continue reading V Is For Victor – Matariki Music Performance

Musicians hit hard by festival cancellations in southern Africa | Global development

In a region where live music is everything – both for audiences and for performers heavily reliant on live appearances to make a living – the widespread cancellation of festivals across southern Africa has hit the music business hard. May should have seen the Bushfire festival in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Zakifo and AfrikaBurn… Continue reading Musicians hit hard by festival cancellations in southern Africa | Global development

‘I loved the weirdness’ – can Laura Marling’s crowdless gig rescue live music? | Music

After three months of shuttered concert venues, hearing Laura Marling’s voice eddy around the Union Chapel in north London is like being dosed with a vitamin I had been leaving out of my diet. It’s almost like hearing live music for the first time; a different kind of beauty than you get on a daily… Continue reading ‘I loved the weirdness’ – can Laura Marling’s crowdless gig rescue live music? | Music

‘We could go to the wall in 12 weeks’ – are we just going to let classical music die? | Music

From top to bottom, from big to small, from freelancer to staffer, from humble hall to grand auditorium, the world of classical music is facing its biggest crisis in living memory. Most musicians in the UK work freelance, even members of many big-name orchestras, so for them no gigs means no earnings. Some qualify for… Continue reading ‘We could go to the wall in 12 weeks’ – are we just going to let classical music die? | Music

Level 1 Means The Tour’s Still On! Friends! The Musical Parody

Monday, 8 June 2020, 4:36 pmPress Release: Friends The Musical Parody So, no one told you life was gonna be this way. Who knew Friends would be so prophetic! In a year that has already provided enough drama to fill 236 episodes of a hit television series, today’s announcement that New Zealand is moving to… Continue reading Level 1 Means The Tour’s Still On! Friends! The Musical Parody

Why today’s musicians should follow classical greats … and improvise | Music

Bach, Mozart and Beethoven all thrilled audiences with their spontaneous improvisations. But today’s classical pianists have lost the art, according to a music scholar, who argues that performances suffer because they are so dependent on the printed score. John Mortensen claims that such improvisation skills were all but lost by the 20th century and that… Continue reading Why today’s musicians should follow classical greats … and improvise | Music

Ice Cube: ‘I listen to my own music more than I watch my own films’ | Film

I’m with my wife, my son, Shareef, and my daughter, Karima, so there’s four in the house. We’ve got plenty of room to get away from each other, but enough common areas to hang out. How many TVs do we have? Too many. I’ve been all over the place when it comes to films. I… Continue reading Ice Cube: ‘I listen to my own music more than I watch my own films’ | Film

Poems to get us through: a musical exchange with God | Books

The poet Lachlan Mackinnon lives in Ely, and is also a distinguished critic and former teacher. Music, of all kinds, has always been important to his poetry, alongside a healing journeying towards faith. A psalmist (notably David in the Old Testament) is a composer of sacred lyrics, and sometimes poems can share this territory. The… Continue reading Poems to get us through: a musical exchange with God | Books