Subjects

Articles I have written

ordered by subject

I have written about a lot of different things. In this list I have created a number of subjects under which I have placed links to pieces that are available on this blog.

This list is work in progress – further items will be added soon

Art

Lord of the Flies, Golding, play review

Business

Working with the web-o-sphere

See also ‘Internet and Web’ below

Economics

The economics of ageing

Films

Reviews of films

Brighton Rock

Finding Richard (2014)

The Black Swan

The Martian

Writing a character profile for a filmscript

History and archaeology

Brain size and evolution

Food in the 21st century

History of music in Leicester

Local music:  does it matter?

Housing

A place to live: a place to work

Buy-to-let schemes

Homelessness

Housing policy

Housing: approaches to policy (book)

What is a home?

Internet and web

Digital democracy re-visited

A place to live, a place to work.

Music

American Idiot (Green Day musical) review

An X-Factor for bands?

Band promotion

Bands and singers

Editorial bias in music journalism

Music education

New bands starting up

Thoughts on singing

What makes a good band?

Politics and policy

Referendum on the EU

Work in the 21st Century

Housing policy

Transport

Transport and cars

Urban transport

See also:

Contents listed alphabetically.

Welcome to 2017

A new year gives me the opportunity to reorganise my blog. Now that there are many articles to read I want to provide a different way of finding material.

There is already a listing of articles ordered by title.

What I want to add to that is a classified listing where articles are grouped together by subject matter.

If you want to search by a word of phrase, there is a search bar for this – over there>>

See my list of writings ordered by subjects.

Arts Centres

15th May 2015

Leicester’s arts centres

A look at the buildings that form part of where the arts are presented and exhibited in Leicester and Leicestershire.

I – The City
II – The County (scroll down)

Firstly, the City

Curve

Curve designed by Raphael Vignoly
Curve designed by Raphael Vignoly

Leicester’s internationally renown theatre. Paintings and other art works are often exhibited in the pubic area in the foyer.

See the Curve website

Sixty8 Humberstone Gate

Sixty8 Arts Centre
Sixty8 Arts Centre

Formerly Fabrika Arts Centre the building has been taken over by new owners. The venue is now run as a social enterprise.

68-70 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 3PL

The Leicester Creative Business Depot

The exhibition area and gallery at The LCD Depot
The exhibition area and gallery at The LCD Depot

The LCD Depot has a separate art gallery which is available for exhibitions. Exhibitions and other types of arts events are sometimes mounted in the Depot’s cafe area.

The LCB Depot website

Embrace Arts at The Richard Attenborough Centre

An important centre for the arts, located close to Leicester University. The venue houses exhibitions of arts and has a hall that is used for performances.

Visit the website for Embrace Arts

The Guildhall

Leicester's medieval Guild Hall
Leicester’s medieval Guild Hall

Dating back 600 years, Leicester’s Guildhall is one of the oldest timber-framed buildings in the country. Built in around 1390 for the Guild of Corpus Christi, the building was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1926. Today, the Hall serves as a performance centre for the arts, music and plays.

Visit the website for Leicester Guidhall

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

Leicester’s leading Arts Gallery and Museum houses many important and fascinating collections.

See the website for the New Walk Museum

The Peoples Photographic Gallery

Situated at 2 Wellington Street, the building that now houses the Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery used the serve as the city’s main lending library.

Visit the website for the gallery

Phoenix

Phoenix, cinema and arts centre
Phoenix, cinema and arts centre

Phoenix serves as a cinema and arts centre and is situated in Morledge Street in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture. The centre’s address is given as 4 Midland Street, LE1 1TG

Find out what is on at Phoenix

Botanic Garden

University of Leicester Botanic Garden
University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Leicester University’s Botanic Gardens are home to a collection of Sculptures.

Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2N

Visit website

Secondly – the County

For a listing of art galleries, museums and other places of interest, see Leicestershire County Council’s website

See the website for Charnwood Arts

See the website for Hinckley’s Ten2 gallery

The Atkins Gallery in Hinckley

See also

Our page listing What’s on in Leicester

Read our feature article about the Cultural Quarter

Victorian Arts Gallery reopens

Photographers

Photographers

of Leicester

We highlight the work of photographers from Leicester and Leicestershire

Sunny Hoyle

Photo by Sunny Hoyle
Photo by Sunny Hoyle

Sunny Hoyle The Photographer offers Environmental Portraits, PR and Commercial Photography in the Leicester and Rutland area.

Sunny Hoyle is a Environmental, Portrait, PR and Commercial Photographer based in Rutland, Midlands. He offers photography services in Leicester.

Sunny has nineteen years experience in the industry sandwiched around a ten year immersion in the performing arts where he worked with such luminaries as Jose Carreras and Basil Brush.

Sunny explains; “Film and Theatre are passions of mine. Having dipped my toes into the profession I now love to be part of it from behind the camera. I cover Headshots, live shows and film stills.”

His style is creative and narrative, and he is friendly, dependable and a enjoys working in a team.

When not working behind the lens, he can often be found being dragged around the countryside by his two dogs Rupert and Matilda.

Visit Sunny Hoyle’s website

Scott Choucino

Leicester photographer Scott Choucino has launched a new website. See Scott’s posting: My Week in Pictures (2016)

Scott Choucino (from his page on Facebook)

From his studio in London Road, Scott has been a long-standing photographer, covering subjects such as portraits, architecture, food, weddings and live music.

Some of Scott’s photos have appeared in this magazine as well as in our sister publication Music in Leicester magazine.

Scott said: “Over the last year we have been increasingly enjoying working on some great photographic and video-graphic projects.
Advertising Campaign Shoots with Premier (Drums) International and the forward thinking Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service.
Event Photography & Videography for the increasingly successful DAVE’s Leicester Comedy Festival and also for the very worthy Re-think Your Mind Charity. Photography Workshops are running again in 2015 with a new syllabus and a more practical approach. More information can be found here. We continue to have the privilege of working with a number of talented Artists in different fields. Sarah Millican, Bob Geldof and Kasabian alongside a number of great shoots we’ve delivered for aspiring individuals and bands.”

Follow Scott Choucino on Facebook

See also:

Current news about the arts, culture and heritage in Leicester

Bricks – past, present and future – our feature article on housing

 

TheSoundOfMusic

2nd December 2014

The Sound of Music comes to Curve.

Read our review of The Sound Of Music at Curve – it is up now.

Here are some pictures from the show:

The Sound of Music Pamela Raith Photography
The Sound of Music
Pamela Raith Photography
Laura Pitt Pulford and Michael French. Pamela Raith Photography
Laura Pitt Pulford and Michael French.
Pamela Raith Photography
Emma Harrold and Jack Wilcox. The Sound of Music. Pamela Raith Photography.
Emma Harrold and Jack Wilcox.
The Sound of Music. Pamela Raith Photography.
The Sound of Music at Curve. Pamela Raith Photography.
The Sound of Music at Curve.
Pamela Raith Photography.

See also:

What’s On In Leicester, for details of this and other arts events

 

ArtsAwareness

27th November 2014

Current awareness

Leicester arts, culture and heritage

A selection of topics that are current in Leicester’s arts scene.

Leicester Means Business

An event was held on Wednesday 26th November that brought together musicians and people from the music community, to lay down ideas, concerns, issues and thoughts about music.

Organised by Jed Spittle of Manic Music Productions, the event provided an opportunity for those present to flag up their thoughts and ideas about the contemporary music scene in Leicester.

Jed Spittle secured a contract to organise a networking series of events, the first of which was tonight’s theme of Leicester as a place to make music. Held at Curve theatre, the event attracted a range of people who were currently involved in music in some way or other.

The networking events are linked to the LLEP’s initiative that will provide a consultant to look at the Creative Industries. Result from these events will feed into what the consultant will be doing, when in post.

Find out more about Manic Music Productions.

Find out more about the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

Affective Digital Histories

A project was launched tonight at the LCB Depot. Affective Digital Histories: recreating De-industrialised Place, from the 1970s to the Present includes Hidden Stories and Sounds of the Cultural Quarter, two new Apps that reveal the fascinating hidden stories of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

These Apps use the latest locative technology to deliver immersive experience for visitors to the Cultural Quarter. Location-specific content – sounds from the past and present, poetry, plays and narrative – is revealed as visitors explore the area, helping to re-imagine urban history.

Those attending this event were also invited to experiment with traditional print processes and cutting edge technology to create their own original art work at the New Incunable Print Shop, which is located at The LCB Depot.

The apps are products of a University of Leicester research project, ‘Affective Digital Histories: Re-creating de-industrial places, 1970s to the present’ which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Following the welcome speeches from Dr Ming Lim from the University of Leicester’s School of Management , John Rance of Phoenix and Professor Andrew Prescott from the University of Glasgow, poet and playwright Carol Leeming read and performed a piece from her Choreopoem.

Find out more about Affective Digital Histories.

Find out more about the Hidden Stories Apps.

More

See the website for Creative Leicestershire

Also  on Arts in Leicester

Curve’s 2015 season

Chicago – the musical – we look back

Water Babies – the musical – we look back

What’s New on Arts in Leicester

Editorial

Comedy at Curve

 

 

 

What’sNew

What’s new on Arts in Leicester?

Updated:  26th January 2016

New articles that have been published recently include:

Abigail’s Party (review)

Arts Awareness

Brighton Rock (archival review)

Car Man – review

City festival 2015 – news

Comedy in 2016

Curve – 2015 shows

Chicago (musical) we look back at our review

Cosmopolitan Carnival 2015

Editorial column (November)

Food in Leicester – a short history of

History of Music in Leicester – Introduction to

History of Music in Leicester – Music of today

History of Music in Leicester – The Noughties

History of Music in Leicester – The 1990s

Laughs at Curve

Music and Technology

News about the arts in 2016

Play-writing competition

Leicester Comedy Festival

Leicester Pride 2015

Leicester writes festival

New cantata 2015

New Films

News just in 2015

Reginald D Hunter 2015

Spoken word 2015

Tetrad Us And Them 2015

Theatre (review of the year 2015)

Water Babies (musical) we look back at our review

Waterside regeneration 2015

What the Romans ate in Leicester 2015

Articles that have been updated recently include:

What’s on in Leicester

News about buildings

 Opera in Leicester

See also:

Our contents page

 

NewFilms

New Films

Page last edited:  17th November 2015

Phoenix:

The Lady in the Van – 12A

Fri 20 Nov – Thu 3 Dec

This wonderful new comedy drama, starring Maggie Smith, tells the tale of a man who forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van parked in his driveway.

See the trailer and book tickets

The Flickering Darkness

Celebrate the launch of The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) by Juan del Gado, a Phoenix offsite exhibition at the LCB Depot’s Lightbox gallery.

The evening will include drinks and a preview of the exhibition, followed by an artist’s talk by Juan about the making of The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) and his time spent researching and filming in Colombia.

The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) is a film installation exploring the journey that food produce takes from its arrival before dawn at the Corabastos market in Bogotà, Colombia to its consumption across the social spectrum.

In this film, artist Juan delGado attempts to create sense out of the market’s chaos and order, while inviting wider reflections on society’s strata and how they interact.

The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) is supported by Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Spirit of 2012. Through this support the work is accompanied by an audio description (available through headsets at any time) and screened with captions at regular intervals.

Juan delGado works across a range of media including video installation and photography. His practice explores themes of trauma, landscape, disability, dislocation and gender. His work has been exhibited internationally including at the Budapest and Istanbul Biennales.

The exhibition runs at the LCB Depot, Rutland St, Leicester, from 12 – 27 Nov (not inc weekends).

Polish Films

The national UK tour for the national UK tour for Martin Scorsese’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, presented by Filmhouse Edinburgh, Kinoteka Polish Film Festival and the British Film Institute this is the first celebration of fully restored Polish cinema classics on such a large scale, screening in cities across the UK and Ireland, including screenings at the Leicester Phoenix Cinema from June -September.

The Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series brings together 24 masterpieces chosen by Scorsese himself, including many undiscovered gems, all brilliantly restored and digitally remastered.

The season includes classic works from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Munk, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Wojciech J Has, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Agnieszka Holland and others. Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, presented by Filmhouse Edinburgh, Kinoteka Polish Film Festival and the British Film Institute this is the first celebration of fully restored Polish cinema classics on such a large scale, screening in cities across the UK and Ireland, including screenings at the Leicester Phoenix Cinema from June -September. The Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series brings together 24 masterpieces chosen by Scorsese himself, including many undiscovered gems, all brilliantly restored and digitally remastered. The season includes classic works from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Munk, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Wojciech J Has, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Agnieszka Holland and others.

Details of local screenings

Phoenix Cinema, Leicester Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) 06 June 2015
Knights of the Black Cross (Krzyzacy) 28 June 2015
Pharaoh (Faraon) 05 July 2015
Eroica 14 July 2015
Walkover (Walkower) 18 July 2015
Provincial Actors (Aktorzy prowincjonalni) 30 July 2015
Ashes and Diamonds (Popiól i diament) 06 August 2015
A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) 11 August 2015
The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 15 August 2015
The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod klepsydra) 23 August 2015
Blind Chance (Przypadek) 05 September 2015
The Illumination (Iluminacja) 08 September 2015
Knife in the Water (Nóz w wodzie) 17 September 2015
The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana) 20 September 2015

For more information see the website

23rd October 2014

A Dozen Summers

Written and directed by Kenton Hall
Monkey Basket Films, the Leicester-based film production company are just beginning our promotion of the indie children’s comedy A Dozen Summers,  a comedy – from writer/director Kenton Hall.  A film for children of all ages (including adults who haven’t completely lost their way yet) it follows the lives of 12-year-old twins, Maisie and Daisy McCormack, who have just hijacked a children’s film in order to tell their own story.

Check the trailer out  and visit the movie’s website.

See also:

Finding Richard – Hive Films

Film Company Launch

Films at Phoenix

BandsAndSingers

30th September 2014

Bands and Singers

is the title of a publication, out today, by Trevor Locke, who is the editor of Arts in Leicester magazine and Music in Leicester magazine.

 

2014, 30 pages, provided in a PDF format, sent by email, price £2.50

The new publication consists of 10 essays that discuss different aspects of bands and singers. Over the years, music journalist Trevor Locke has seen and listened to thousands of bands. Not just bands but singers, rappers and acoustic artists. Scroll down to purchase a copy now.

In these ten essays he looks at some of the fundamental elements of being a successful music act and what is needed to be a good band or singer.

He also looks at the business of live music; however good an act is at performing music, they have to make it in the real world of venues where music provided.

Some of the essays are published in this document for the first time;  others have been re-edited from articles he has previously published on his blog. These have been updated for this publication.

This publication is no longer available.

Look instead at our publication about The Heroes… the story of a band.

Gershwin in Leicester

1st July 2014

Crazy for Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin wrote some of the most loved music in the American songbook and Crazy for Gershwin is packed with some of their very best work.

Including: Someone to Watch Over Me, excerpts from Porgy and Bess, A Foggy Day in London Town which will be performed by the London Concert Orchestra and special guest vocalists, the highly acclaimed Meeta Raval and Rodney Earl Clarke.

However, that is not all. Bringing some heart-stoppingly fast paced and highly skilled dance to the proceedings will be dancers James Wilson and  Leila Stewart and West End tap dancing sensations Oliver Botterill and Lucy-Alexa Gilbert. They will be performing to pieces such as ‘S Wonderful, Lady be Good, Swannee and I Got Rhythm.

The line up will be completed by talented pianist Jonathan Scott who will bring all his skill to performing Rhapsody in Blue, arguably one of the most important musical pieces of the twentieth century.

See also:

What’s on at Kilworth House Theatre.

Poet Helen Ivory comes to Leicester.

The first part of our feature article on The History of Leicester.