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  • Soundgarden's Chris Cornell dies aged 52

    Soundgarden's Chris Cornell dies aged 52

    Rock singer Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at the age of 52, according to his representative. In a statement to the Associated Press, Brian Bumbery said Cornell died last night in Detroit. Mr...

  • American Idol to return in 2018

    American Idol to  return in 2018

    Pop star Katy Perry will join reality singing competition American Idol on ABC, the network said, adding a big name with legions of young fans for its revival of the show. Perry, 32, is the first major name to come aboard the reboot of the show,...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)Genre: Action adventureDirector: Guy RitchieStarring: Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie FoxDuration: 126 minutesClass: 12AKRS Releasing...

  • Old legend retold in a new contemporary opera

    Old legend retold in a new contemporary opera

    A new contemporary opera is being staged at the Teatru Manoel Studio Theatre on Friday and Sunday 21 May at 8pm. Organised by Teatru Manoel Youth Opera the opera, entitled Isperanza, encapsulates the Maltese legend Il-Madonna tal-Isperanza in a...

  • Malta ‘a microcosm of our planet’s plight’

    Malta ‘a microcosm of our planet’s plight’

    This year’s Chelsea Flower Show is hosting a Maltese garden that is inspired by the principles of ecological sustainability and the urgent need for action to preserve Earth’s fragile balance. Stephanie Fsadni speaks to its designers. A...

  • Gisèle Grima to the rescue

    Gisèle Grima to the rescue

    Every singer’s worst nightmare is to experience loss of voice when it matters most… on the same day of a long-planned performance. This was the case with mezzo-soprano Alexandra Scicluna who had worked hard at preparing a recital in the Music Room...

  • The music of silence

    “There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” – John Cage The uncanny portrayal of the apparent commonplace in the art of Alex...

  • No excuses

    No excuses

    Following last year’s gutsy (yet wildly successful) staging of Two Gentlemen of Verona in a Valletta pub, WhatsTheirNames Theatre, under the leadership and direction of Philip Leone Ganado, return to  stage one of the Bard’s best known comedies,...

  • Orchestral and choral works by two prominent Maltese composers

    Orchestral and choral works by two prominent Maltese composers

    The St Paul Chamber Ensemble recently presented two fully-fledged orchestral and choral works, Missa Solemnis Sancti Martiri by Mro Mark Agius, and the oratorio The Canticles of St Luke by Mro Joseph Sammut at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. The...

  • Piano and cello delights in Gozo

    Piano and cello delights in Gozo

    Recently, the Italian celebrity duo comprising pianist Michelangelo Carbonara and his South Korean-born cellist wife Kyung Mi Lee generously gave a recital of works for solo piano at the Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo. The concert, which every year...

  • A combination of clinical chemistry and manga

    A combination of clinical chemistry and manga

    Later on this year, a book, entitled Maddy’s Pandora – Cherry Blossoms & Clinical Chemistry by Dr Michelle Muscat, will be released by i2i Publishing based in Manchester, UK. Here is a brief summary of the novel. The story revolves around two...

  • Hackneyed and predictable story

    Hackneyed and predictable story

    Sleepless2 starsDirector: Baran bo OdarStars: Jamie Foxx, T.I., Michelle Monaghan Duration: 89 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd Jamie Foxx stars as Vegas cop Vincent Downs and Michelle Monaghan as internal affairs investigator Jennifer Bryant who...

  • Mixes both the good and the bad

    Mixes both the good and the bad

    “In space, no one can hear you scream.” Arguably one of cinema’s most recognisable taglines, that phrase heralded the arrival of what was to become a classic of sci-fi horror, 1979’s Alien, directed by Ridley Scott. Alien remains a standard bearer...

  • Crossing: a work of sound and vision

    Crossing: a work of sound and vision

    A journey through music and visual art – this is what Crossing, the new album by Simon Sammut offers the listener. Actually, rather than just an album, Crossing is more of a project, one that seeks to blend space, form, beauty and colour into one...

  • Marilena Gauci made it to The X Factor, but what's next?

    Marilena Gauci made it to The X Factor, but what's next?

    Maltese soul singer Marilena Gauci, is still trying to come to terms with her exhilarating experience at one of Britain's biggest music shows. Marilena was selected to audition for the first phase of the X Factor UK that took place over last...

  • Fans thrilled by Harry Potter screening with live orchestral backing

    Fans thrilled by Harry Potter screening with live orchestral backing

    Harry Potter fans were treated to a spellbinding screening of the first film when it was shown at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a live orchestral performance. The UK premiere of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series featured Harry Potter And...

  • King Arthur begins its global rollout

    King Arthur begins its global rollout

    David Beckham has received some scathing reviews in the British press for his cameo in the film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but director Guy Ritchie has given the former soccer star the thumbs up for his performance. “I love him and I think...

  • King Charles lll was the role of the late Tim Pigott-Smith's career

    King Charles lll was the role of the late Tim Pigott-Smith's career

    The late Tim Pigott-Smith has been lauded for one of his final appearances on screen in TV drama King Charles III. The actor, who died suddenly last month aged 70, portrayed a post-accession Prince of Wales in the 90-minute BBC Two adaptation...

  • Alfred Sant's play being performed in Paris

    Alfred Sant's play being performed in Paris

    Alfred Sant’s best selling play Fid-Dell tal-Katidral (Dans l’Ombre de La Cathédrale) is being performed in Montrouge, a major commune in south Paris, at the eighth edition of the European week. A series of cultural, political and social events...

  • Tributes pour in for DJ Robert Miles, dead at 47

    Tributes pour in for DJ Robert Miles, dead at 47

    Pete Tong and singer Boy George have led tributes to DJ Robert Miles, famous for his huge hit Children, following his death at the age of 47. The Italian trance star was best known for the dance anthem, which hit the top of the charts around the...

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