Pick of the Week – 15 January

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

This is what happens when you sing an 800 year old Icelandic hymn in a train station

This video has been doing the rounds online since 2013, but it’s worth revisiting. Icelandic indie-folk band, Árstíðir gathered in a train station for an impromptu performance. That’s certainly one way to improve your commute!

Why positive action is needed to make classical music inclusive for women and minorities

Composer Hannah Kendall confronts the issue of lack of diversity in classical music, and what we can do to address the balance. She advocates positive action, mentioning Chineke!, Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra as a huge success story. But positive action also has plenty of detractors. Where do you stand? How should the classical music world work towards becoming more diverse?

Philip Glass and David Bowie

We were all so saddened to hear of David Bowie’s death this week. It’s been a very moving few days here in Brixton, as people have been gathering to pay their respects and share their memories. Here’s a conversation between Bowie and Philip Glass, after Glass had written a symphony based on Bowie’s music.

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