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News, Reviews and Divertissements

  • COVID-19 Update 01.1.2021

    Great news with the announcement of a second Covid-19 vaccine: a real shot in the arm! But, obviously, there is still a long way to go and we shall all have to see what trnaspires as the mass vaccinations take their course. There are no significant changes to the rules and restrictions around travelling abroad: not advisable until further notice. The Government in  the form of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office [FCDO] is still advising people to avoid all but essential tr

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  • Concert for the Biocene

    On the 22nd of June the 'Concert for the Biocene' was broadcast by streaming, in which the UceLi Quartet performed Puccini's 'Crisantemi' from Barcelona's Teatro de Liceu...for an audience of 2,292 plants. What seems like a slightly bizarre idea to begin with, is actually very beautiful. The music and imagery reminding us of the early days of the lockdown, as the natural world flowed into the places deserted by humans. The plants were subsequently delivered to 2,292 health professionals, speci

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  • Making a Virtue of Neccessity

    Although we cannot visit the Wexford Festival in person this October, the spirit which enabled a small provincial town to create a world-renowned opera festival will prevail. Under the guidance of Wexford Festival Opera’s Artistic Director, ROSETTA CUCCHI, for this year only, Wexford Festival Opera will present to a reimagined, online-streamed Festiva. ‘Waiting for Shakespeare …The Festival in the air’ will run for eight consecutive days, from Sunday, 11 October until

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