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Puppets and Prokofiev: Christmas Time with Opera North

With their festive season in full swing, Opera North’s General Director Richard Mantle discusses why #culturematters at Christmas.

Christmas at Twilight, The Howard Assembly Room, December 2014. Photo © Johnny Walton / Opera North.

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Helen Sprott, the Arts Council's Director of Music, blogs about how we're helping musicians find their way in a changing music landscape...

Ms Dynamite performs at Urban Classic in Waltham Forest, 2012. Image credit: London Borough of Waltham Forest.

I’m lucky that my job allows me speak to musicians - from every genre - about their music, their aspirations and how they got where they are.

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Take Five at the London Jazz Festival

This weekend sees the end of the 20th edition of the London Jazz Festival. Forty events at the festival feature musicians who have participated in the talent development project Take Five, including a bespoke performance this Saturday by the 10 participants in the first edition of Take Five: Europe

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