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Classical Music For Dummies – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in C Minor, Op.67.

Ever felt thoroughly out of your depth in a high-brow intellectual discussion on consecutive fourths in the second movement of Vaughan Williams' 'Pastoral' Symphony No.3? When somebody mentions Wagner, do you immediately think of the Brazilian X-Factor finalist from 2010? Or does the name Beethoven evoke happy memories of a 90s film about a friendly Saint Bernard? Or, when...

Citizens of Nowhere: a preview

It’s 11 p.m., the hosts of the last radio show of the day are leaving the STAR studio in the Union. It should be a quiet night, yet there’s a small crowd quietly standing at the door, waiting for their turn. They are the cast and crew of Citizens of Nowhere, a play written by, about, and for students,...

Matisse in the Studio: a visit to the Royal Academy of Arts

Remember the Matisse Cut-Outs at the Tate Modern back in 2014? You don’t? Well I certainly do! The linearity, the simplicity of form, the block colours… oh my, I get so excited. My Christmas present this year was becoming a member or “friend” as the RA like to call it, (which I would definitely recommend as I heard about...

Student councils to debate endorsing Rector-elect Srdja Popovic’s manifesto

Mr Popovic was elected Rector last Friday after winning over 60 per cent of the votes of students.

Cult film of the week: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

“OPA!” This is the sound that you get when you press play on the DVD for My Big Fat Greek Wedding - already a good start. Then comes the Greek music that accompanies the opening credits - even better. This unapologetic celebration of everything Greek is a theme that continues throughout the movie, and is just one of the things...

The Chinese HongPao society presents: Mandarin Rouge Ball

Arts and culture editor Laszlo Szegedi sat down with two members of the Chinese HongPao society committee to preview their upcoming Mandarin Rouge Ball. Besides the attractions of the event, Dwayne Yin and Sissi Xia also went into detail about the prospects of the society. Laszlo Szegedi: How do you describe the Chinese society for those interested in joining? Dwayne Yin:...

Srdja Popovic elected Rector

Mr Popovic beat Willie Rennie to the role.

Loving Vincent: a cinematic work of art

Frida Kahlo has had one. J. M. W. Turner has had one too. Now, continuing the popular trend for artist biopics in cinema, the post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh is to get the big screen treatment in Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Loving Vincent. Strictly speaking, van Gogh has already been the subject of several cinematic biopics, with everyone from Kirk...

The frenzy of Fenty

When rumours surfaced about Rihanna’s plan to launch her very own cosmetic range, I can’t say I was very excited. Don’t get me wrong. I adore Riri’s edgy fashion style, her campaign for global education reform and you’ll definitely find me moving to the dance floor the moment any song from “Pon De Replay” to “Work,” start playing. However,...

Cumberbatch’s Hamlet: a review

When Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet first arrived at the Barbican in 2015, it was one of the most anticipated and hyped-up shows in the history of London theatre. Ticket sales went through the roof, not least because Academy-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch was set to play the infamous and tragic lead. Mesmerising, innovative, and haunting, the production’s 2017 encore,...