Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema From Friday 17th May

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week. From Friday 17th May IF (U) From director John Krasinski, this funny and fantastical family comedy, could be the perfect start to summer seasons at the cinema.

Classical Music: Rachmaninoff For Two

Whatever the mechanisms, Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov have an affinity that shows through in their consistently astonishing performances of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 adagio; Suites Numbers 1 and 2; and the Symphonic Dances. It's a heady play list that left me gasping at their dexterity and musicality.

Beverley Senturk Lights Up The North

“I’d already gone to bed,” says Beverley Senturk, locally famous for getting up early to photograph the Scarborough sunrise, “but when the lights came through the window, I got up and rushed out to capture them.” We’re discussing the fabled phenomenon of the aurora borealis which recently lit up the night sky of much of the northern coast (and elsewhere throughout northern Europe),…

Albums: Shaznay Lewis Pages

Lewis had teased her return to the solo realm earlier this year with the single Miracle, her first single since 2004's You, and it was clear that she was about to re-arrive on the scene stronger than ever before. With compelling lyrics and a strong sound, this was not Lewis trying to capture her All Saints glory or simply pick up where Open left off; this was Lewis in 2024

Albums: Gun - Hombres

The overall mood is that of a band that appears rejuvenated and ready to rock again

CBSO Clarinettist Oliver Janes On The Power Of Classical Music

CBSO clarinettist Oliver Janes talks to Chris Bond about the power of classical music and following in his grandfather’s footsteps as he heads to Harrogate Growing up, Oliver Janes looked for all the world as though he was going to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a violinist.

Poem Of The Week: Pevsner's Staffordshire By Charles Penty

Pevsner’s Staffordshire A bespoke-made Gladstone bag still holds items stowed for two decades or more: linen jacket, lido ticket, an annotated edition of Boswell’s Life of Johnson, armbands to shore up your shirt sleeves.

Classical Music: Bacewicz, Enescu, Ysaÿe - Works For Strings

Lovely textures underpin the work, and the Sinfonia of London's playing is wonderfully articulate, with clear lower strings, all with a lovely intensity that is sensitively caught as the final notes evaporate.

Meeting A Theakston Old Peculier Crime Author: Jane Casey

What a faux pas, but at least Jane Casey has a sense of fun. As I settle to start the interview, I find myself struggling with a frog in my throat, and all I manage to say is, "Your husband is a criminal." After a seemingly long pause, I swiftly added the word 'lawyer'.

Shaznay Lewis Wowing Her Audience

Shaznay Lewis first formed All Saints way back in 1993 with her good friend Melanie Blatt. By 1997, they were an award-winning quartet, with added members Nicole and Natalie Appleton. Just 7 years later, she took her first baby steps towards solo success when her debut single, I’ve Never Felt Like This Before, hit #8 in the charts.

Artwork By One Of The UK Land Artists Goes On Display At Scarborough Art Gallery

Artwork by one of UK land artist goes on display at Scarborough Art Gallery this summer in an exhibition which has been postponed following essential work on its original venue, Woodend.

Cluedo 2 Still Keeps You Guessing

I’m sure that everyone of certain age remembers Cluedo, the board game that kept families occupied for hours on end as they attempted to solve the murder mystery of ‘whodunit’. Based on the 1985 cult film Clue, Cluedo (1) was a great success when it hit the stage, so much so that a Cluedo 2 has now followed.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2024 Looks To The Future

Harrogate International Festivals has revealed the full programme for this year’s 21st Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, a celebration of crime fiction and thriller writing, at a special reception at Hachette in London last night.

Love, Honor And Perseverance: An Officer And A Gentleman

I was intrigued as to how the award-winning 80s all-American movie, An Officer, and a Gentleman, would translate into a musical which is currently touring the UK and Ireland. As a fairytale romance, it didn’t sweep me off my feet.

Floating Sculpture On Sheffield & Tinsley Canal Gets Thumbs Up

Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, has confirmed that a new floating sculpture by internationally renowned artist Alex Chinneck has been granted planning permission. The ambitious new commission will be installed on the Tinsley Flight, close to Tinsley Marina later this year and is the first time the artist has embarked on a floating artwork.

Funding Award Helps Keep People Living With Dementia Singing

It brings David joy. He perks up, you can see it in his eyes. He can feel the music. Music is important. It’s such a great thing for us to be participating in.

Winners Of 2024 CrimeFest Awards Announced

CrimeFest, one of Europe’s crime fiction conventions, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Now in their 16th year, the awards, which honour the best crime books released in the UK last year, were announced at a gala dinner event during CrimeFest in Bristol [Saturday 11 May.

Chatting With Scott Viney & Pierce Kavanagh Aka ‘Little Fireworks’

Emerging indie rockers Scott Viney & Pierce Kavanagh, aka ‘Little Fireworks', have just released their debut EP, Where Did the Light Go?. This fresh collection of four songs establishes Little Fireworks as true contenders to reignite some hope that's very much needed in these trying times. Think soft, heartbreaking verses and a huge, anthemic chorus.

Poem Of The Week: Widow By Carrie Etter

Widow The plateau she stands on extends flat in all directions, prairie without a crop. When she looks, he is too plainly not there. The sky, whatever the weather, renders absence vast, apparently limitless. This is a fallow field- who knows what it can bear? Carrie Etter’s fine poem, like so many in her new collection, carries an indelible photographic quality.

All Of Us Together: The Last Devil To Die By Richard Osman

Wow! That sums it up. Really, I loved this novel but I know you will want more than that, and if you are a regular reader, you will know that I don’t use one word when five hundred will do. Although the plot is a standalone, it does help to have read the other three novels in the series, preferably in order, to appreciate how the friendships and relationships have developed.

Albums: Gabrielle A Place In Your Heart

So what about album #8? Gabrielle, who teased the release with the sensational title track and emotive Sorry, stated that this album sees her free of genre restrictions and was born out of a creative process that she has thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Having dabbled in other genres fleetingly, does A Place in Your Heart see Gabrielle really breaking the mould?

Classical Music: Brindley Sherratt - Fear No More

Sherratt's striking voice is impressive, and the clarity, reach, dynamics, and emotional fervour are remarkable. He holds the listener captive with an intensity that grips through his tremendous skill at accelerating towards crescendos and carefully decelerating to diminuendos, which showcase his mastery in impassioned performances

Classical Music: Haydn Piano Trios Volume 3

The elegant phrasing, crisp articulation, and dynamics are expressively shaped with a rhythmic precision that percolates through the different trios like a fine coffee that has a warm hue and an enjoyable, delicate taste that lingers with pleasure.

Albums: FM – Old Habits Die Hard

Old Habits Die Hard, their fourteenth album, demonstrates the group's continued excellence, even after forty years!

Classical Music: Britten

The circumstances surrounding the composition of the Sinfonia da Requiem were bizarre, to say the least. Perhaps that comment only makes sense in the context of twentieth-century history, a perspective denied to contemporary understanding:

Albums: Pet Shop Boys – Nonetheless

Since they first reached Number One in 1985 with West End Girls, their sound has not significantly changed. Neil Tennant's distinctive and emotional vocals shine on the songs, while Chris Lowe provides the perfect soundtrack, rooted in the eighties but looking forward with influences from disco and house music in the mix.

Albums: Benedict Cork Notes On A Hopeless Romance

Benedict Cork Hopeless Romance Sanctuary; Nice Guy; The Good In You; Reasons I Loved You (I Can’t Think of One); Soulmates; Beauty Queen; God Damn; Until We Fuck It Up; Into The Arms Of Another Love; I Know He’ll Be Gone In A Little While Label: Kartel Music Group Benedict Cork is not yet a household name.

Eurovision 2024

The countdown to the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 has been somewhat mixed. With war rife in more than one of the participating countries, there has been controversy over participation and heated discussion amongst the contest's ardent fans. However, as the semi-finals took place on Tuesday and Thursday, the competition discussion turned its focus to the performances and the songs themselves.

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema From Friday 10th May

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week. Still Showing Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (12a) From director Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) comes this highly anticipated return to this iconic sci-fi/fantasy franchise.

A Transfixing Tess A Must See

The audience were transfixed. You could hear a pin drop for nearly the entire performance. It was just incredible. This was the most mesmerising and beautiful piece of theatre that we have seen for a very long time. I’m not sure any review can do it justice but we will try.