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 Wandsworth – find out more later in the week.


Monday night’s ArtsWatch, brings us an interview with Mark Rice-Oxley, a lead actor in Theatre503’s latest play “Years of Sunlight”.  A Liverpudlian, playing a… Liverpudlian in a play getting its world premier in Battersea, about the people politics left behind.




The Young Artists of the National Opera Studio will be performing a lunchtime concert on  Wednesday 1st February at 1.00pm at All Saint’s Church on Wandsworth High Street.  This concert is a fantastic way to hear these talented Young Artists before they take to the main stages of the major opera houses around the world.  I was very lucky to meet the artists in question, Penelope Cousland and Sophie Levi, accompanied by répétiteurs Edmund Whitehead and Killian Farrell and got a sneak preview.  You can too if you listen in on Tuesday night’s ArtsWatch.


While Damien was having the Sound Lounge built around him in an interview prior to the opening a couple of weeks ago, he also managed to line up an interview with Geena Fontanella.  She’s an American singer/songwriter and one of the first artists appearing there on 2nd February i a free gig starting at 7pm.   But you can get the scoop by tuning in on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Jim Pope actor and director of “Hearing Things” playing at the Omnibus until 4th, tells me how he and his team devised a unique play about mental illness, allowing patients and clinicians to swap places.

Sunday 5 February, you can listen to the best bit of the past two weeks of ArtsWatch by tuning in at 6pm to ArtsWatch Replay.

ArtsWatch airs Monday-Thursday after the 6.30pm news.  If you have something you want us to cover, please drop me a line

January 29th, 2017

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