Royal Welsh College launches new opera school with WNO

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17 Feb 2017

The school will provide professional experience for designers, stage managers and arts managers, alongside training for singers and instrumentalists.

Reflecting the world

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09 Feb 2017

No wonder there is so much talk about the death of opera when people are excluded from it all the time, says Bill Bankes-Jones. But are attitudes finally starting to change?

Digital initiative to drive community screenings

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27 Jan 2017

A new digital distribution platform is piloting an initiative that will see filmed performances by leading cultural institutions screened in community venues including arts centres, libraries and pubs.

Obituary: Lloyd Newton

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24 Jan 2017

Kim Morgan pays tribute to the founder of Pegasus Opera Company and people’s champion Lloyd Newton, who died earlier this month.

Edinburgh theatre to host UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance

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31 Oct 2016

Sound and lighting will be adjusted and movement between the auditorium and the foyer will be encouraged to welcome people living with dementia to the theatre.

What video content do audiences want?

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27 Oct 2016

From trailers and vox pops to backstage sneak peeks, the arts sector produces reams of video footage, but what impact does this content have on audience behaviour? Andrea Perseu shares his recent research.

Reimagining opera

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15 Mar 2016

From an all-male ‘CarMen’ to a gay-themed Tosca, Robin Pietà reveals how Secret Opera is helping opera to shed its stuffy, elitist image and boosting LGBT representation in the industry.

The vital ingredients

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12 Nov 2015

Opera North’s singing programmes were recently praised for greatly improving the SATs results at two primary schools. But was it really the opera that did it, asks Jacqui Cameron.

Charity Commission considers inquiry into National Funding Scheme

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17 Jul 2015

Founding trustee William Makower has spoken publicly about how he always intended the NFS to move into the wider charity sector, but the arts sector seemed the best place to secure initial funding. 

EXCLUSIVE: Facts behind National Funding Scheme exposed

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10 Jul 2015

The national online giving platform, which charges among the highest fees of all suppliers, has been propped up by a £125k grant that breaks through the official ceiling on grants from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

Are intervals necessary?

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02 Jul 2015

Are theatre intervals a helpful pause or an annoying inconvenience? Rachel Beaumont puts the question to Royal Opera House audiences.

Big exposure

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18 Jun 2015

A YouTube network dedicated to the arts, in receipt of significant government funding and aiming to attract not millions but billions of views, just had to be investigated. Christy Romer spoke to Simon Walker of Canvas.

UK leads the way in Creative Europe application success

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29 May 2015

LIFT and ENO are among the 48 UK organisations benefitting from European Union grant money

Cohesion or conflict

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19 Feb 2015

Frances Williams says it’s time to drop the false optimism surrounding arts projects in areas of social deprivation and take a more critical view. 

Creative industries to gain a National College

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11 Dec 2014

The new College is one of seven employer-led, Government-backed initiatives aiming to plug skills gaps in sectors considered critical to economic growth.

Our arts leaders can’t afford to forget politics

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03 Dec 2014

If ethical questions lead us to pick and choose what is right and wrong from an artistic perspective, or to judge the credentials of our corporate funders, where do we stop? Michelle Wright calls for more debate about the moral high-ground of art, in the context of what arts organisations need to do to survive and thrive.

A serious slice of cake

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17 Sep 2014

Applying for Creative Europe funding for a Cooperation Project requires real commitment and many hours devoted to completing the application form, warns Lorraine von Gehlen.

From spectator to spectraitor

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04 Sep 2014

Lauren Holden explains Spectraitors, her idea for a DISloyalty app which encourages regular arts-goers to be disloyal to their favourite arts organisation.

Opera and ballet review exposes venue/company friction

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04 Jul 2014

The failure to share data is hindering audience development and must be addressed as a condition of funding, says ACE.

Let’s talk about rest

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16 Jun 2014

Artists and scientists are to explore the subject of rest in a residency at The Hub at Wellcome Collection. James Wilkes explains the role of the arts in the investigation.

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