Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

“It is the unsung hero of opera in Britain…

…an incredible place, staffed by extraordinary people, achieving wonderful things. The unique experience of training at the National Opera Studio is the greatest gift you can give a young singer”.  Lesley Garrett. And what’s more it is at the heart of the Borough of ...

Lesley Strachan

January 29th, 2017

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“Take the time to walk a mile in her mocassins”

OK, a slight misquote for the purists.  It just seems apt this week. If you can see things from someone else’s point of view, then you can go on to act compassionately towards them, and here the arts have a lot to say…  Mental health is much in the news these days, so an ...

Jason Rosam

January 23rd, 2017

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Think live music is dead? Then think again!

Think live music is dead? Then think again!

Thanks to an overwhelming response via a crowdfunding campaign, The Sound Lounge will be opening in Tooting on 27 January 2017.  The opening gig will be free entry. Damien Thill went down to the venue while finishing touches are still being made to the Sound Lounge and ...

Jason Rosam

January 16th, 2017

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Creative, Cultural and it’s coming our way!

Creative, Cultural and it’s coming our way!

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017 is open for registrations now.  If you want to be part of an arts event that showcases exciting and experimental work, there’s a place for all art-forms in this festival which runs this year from 5-21 May. Find out more or Register now before 30 ...

Jason Rosam

January 7th, 2017

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“Life as it’s lived: unplugged and un-miked…”

That’s Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for you and ArtsWatch is delighted to have made our first visit it to London’s only permanently in the round theatre. On Monday, listen to Ian’s interview at the Orange Tree Theatre with Imogen Bond, director of their Christmas show ...

Lesley Strachan

December 19th, 2016

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Let the West End come to Wandsworth…

Sohm Kapila of Bend it Like Beckham and Britain’s Got Bhangra takes the lead role of Jack at Tara Art’s Theatre Christmas Show, “Bollywood Jack”. Sohm speaks to us on Monday’s ArtsWatch and gives us a little snippet of how the worlds of Panto and Bollywood collide in a ...

Lesley Strachan

December 10th, 2016

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And all that jazz…

And all that jazz…

Our newest Arts Reporter, Damien Thill, went to the Streets London Jazz festival happening at the Trafalgar Arms in Tooting Broadway to soak up some quality live music. Out of the different bands performing Damien spoke to the local group the Squelch Quartet, as well as the ...

Lesley Strachan

December 3rd, 2016

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Photography & music, panto pot-pouri, hip-hop at the theatre and a good old-fashioned BOOK!

On Monday, Chris talks music photography with Martin Petty and a host of his musical collaborators, ahead of their unique gig ‘The Art of the Music’ on 7 December.     ‘Those infinitely inventive funsters, yes funsters … Sleeping Trees are back at Theatre 503

Lesley Strachan

November 25th, 2016

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When is library, not a library? When it’s a theatre of course!

Last week we featured Omnibus who had started as a library and now has won the Peter Brook Award as performance space.  This week we take a look at two new entrepreneurial theatre companies bringing their work to Wimbledon Library and the new Clapham Library. With theatres ...

Lesley Strachan

November 19th, 2016

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Once upon a time, it was a library…

Once upon a time, it was a library…

Now it is a bustling hive of artistic endeavour which has now got some well-deserved public recognition. Omnibus in Clapham Common has just won The Peter Brook/Royal Court Theatre Support Award.  The award gives them one year’s worth of professional expertise from Vicky ...

Lesley Strachan

November 12th, 2016

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