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Films, Exhibitions and Music in 2018

2018 has been a challenging year, with the responsibilities of being Head of School for the first 3 months, and then various health/personal issues intervening (documented elsewhere). I nevertheless managed to see some films, to play in a few concerts, to hear some music, and go to some nice exhibitions.

  1. Films

Darkest Hour – 10/01

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – 20/02

A Wrinkle in Time – 29/3

Peter Rabbit – 9/5

Mama Mia 2 – 30/7

Christopher Robin – 11/9

The House with a clock in its walls – 21/10

Cliff Richard 60th anniversary concert (recording) – 30/10

 

  1. Exhibitions

140 years of recorded sound (British Library) – 7/1

Cezanne Portraits and Taylor-Wessing Portraits (NPG) – 8/1

Picasso 1932 (Tate Modern) – 25/03

Football Museum and Manchester Art Gallery – 4/6

Monet & Architecture (National Gallery) – 21/7

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece (British Museum) – 22/7

Michael Jackson Exhibition and BP Portraits (NPG) – 6/8

History of Russian Football (Football Museum Manchester) – 8/9

Kelvingrove Museum and Pollock House (Glasgow) – 14-15/9

 

  1. Live Music

Eugene Onegin (Glasgow) – 29/4

Don McClean (Manchester) – 7/5

Chess (London Coliseum) – 19/5

Joan Baez (Manchester) – 24/5

Summer Holiday – 6/10

Focus (100 Club) – 10/11

Panto – Jack and the Beanstalk (22/12)

I also played in KPO concerts on 24/3 and 3/11, but didn’t play for the other orchestras due to timing/programme issues.

A few other events that qualify to be noted in this section were:

RSC Summer Party (Royal Academy) – 18/7

UCL 40th year reunion – 13/10

UCL Lab Dinner (with my after dinner speech) – 23/11

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‘Kulcher’ in 2017

In this post I mention the books I have read, the films I have seen, the music heard/concerts attended, and exhibitions I have attended during the course of the year.

  1. Books

I read 18 books in 2017, considerable down from 32 in 2016, but this is probably a reflection of my work responsibilities. They included 5 books by Kate Morton, a new author for me. Angela bought me The Lake House in January, and that got me started! The complete list is:

The Lake House – Kate Morton

The House at Riverton – Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

Extraordinary People (The Enzo Files #1) – Peter May

Need you Dead (Roy Grace #13) – Peter James

Love Like Blood (Tom Thorne #14) – Mark Billingham

Secrets of Death (Cooper & Fry #16) – Stephen Booth

Sleeping in the Ground (Inspector Banks #24) – Peter Robinson

Acts of Violence (Inspector Carlyle #10) – James Craig

Out of Bounds (Inspector Karen Pirie #4) – Val McDermid

All Kinds of Dead (Inspector Carlyle #11) – James Craig

Beneath the Surface – Sibel Hodge

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #10) – Val McDermid

A Legacy of Spies – John le Carré

The Murder Bag (Max Wolfe #1) – Tony Parsons

Die Last (Max Wolfe #4) – Tony Parsons

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton

The Distant Hours – Kate Morton

I am currently reading ‘The Crown Jewels’ (The White Hart Book 1) by John Paul Davies, and ‘Origin’ (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown.

As usual, I refer to my GoodReads account for more details.

 

  1. Films

A Monster Calls

No Man’s Land (play)

Lion

Viceroy’s House

Unlocked

Miss Sloane

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Victoria and Abdul

Paddington 2

Der Rosenkavalier (opera recorded live)

 

  1. Miscellaneous

Dick Whittington (Panto at Birmingham)

Burn’s Night Supper (SCR Keele)

Nabucco (opera)

Exhibition: America – Pop to the Present (British Museum)

Exhibition: Bond in Motion (British Film Museum)

Exhibition: David Hockney (Tate Britain)

Mama Mia (stage version)

Exhibition: America after the Fall (Royal Academy)

Exhibition: Hokusai (British Museum)

Musical: Wonderland

Play: A Judgement in Stone

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Exhibition: Russian Revolution – Hope and Tragedy (British Library)

Exhibition: Constable in Brighton (Brighton Pavilion)

Musical: The Wedding Singer

A Murder is Announced

Musical: Son of a Preacher

Musical: Cilla

Beer Tasting (SCR Keele)

Exhibition: The Scythians (British Museum)

Considering how busy I was this year, I managed to do quite a lot. I have talked about some of the bands I saw this year in a separate post.

Films, music, plays and exhibitions 2015

I saw 12 films in 2015, 2 more than in 2014:

The theory of everything (6/01)
Testament of Youth (20/02)
Kingsman (12/02)
Project Almanac (23/02)
Second Exotic Marigold Hotel (3/03)
Spooks: the greater good (12/05)
San Andreas (28/05)
Mr Holmes (23/06)
Man from Uncle (29/08)
No Escape (8/09)
Spectre (26/10)
Bridge of Spies (10/12)

The plays, music and musicals I saw were:

And then there were none (26/02)
Calamity Jane (12/03)
Take That (at Vue cinema) (19/06)
Bend it Like Beckham (27/06)
Glenn Miller Story (30/09)
An Inspector Calls (15/10)
It’s a wonderful life (1/12)
Handel’s Messiah (4/12)
Ukulele Orchestra of GB (8/12)

The exhibitions I saw were:

Sculpture Victorious (15/04) (Tate Britain)
Salt and Silver (15/04) (Tate Britain)
Defining Beauty – The Body in Ancient Greece (16/04) (British Museum)
Barbara Hepworth (12/08) (Tate Britain)
Audrey Hepburn (1/09) (NPG)

Overall a good year, in which we’ve managed several short visits to London, which seems to work well, and which I hope we’ll repeat in 2016.

Films, plays, music and exhibitions in 2014

Compared with 2013, I saw fewer films this year. I started with Last Vegas (on my birthday), and also saw: Devils Due, The Book Thief, Muppets Most Wanted, Rio 2, Grace of Monaco, Earth to Echo, Mr Turner, Paddington and the last of the Hobbit films; a total of 10. Of these, I would mention three as particular favourites: The Book Thief (for its charm), Grace of Monaco (for historical interest), and the blast of the Hobbit films for shear excitement and special effects.

I saw 3 plays in 2014: Blithe Spirit, Black Coffee and Dangerous Corner. All were greatly enjoyed.

I attended 5 concerts (not counting the ones I was playing in, which are mentioned in my general review), and these included an excellent LPO concert at the Victoria Hall featuring the guitarist Milos. The highlight of the year was seeing the Seekers in their 50th anniversary tour in Manchester. Two excellent tribute bands, Abba Reunion and The ELO Experience (an annual event now), and a showing of the Snowman with a live orchestra and soloists made up the rest.

I saw three exhibitions in London during the year. At the British Museum I saw Gems of Chinese Painting and Japanese Netsuke; at the Royal Academy, Dennis Hopper photographs, and at Tate Modern an exhibition of the work of Malevich. Of these, the Dennis Hopper photos were truly memorable.

So, slightly less ‘culture’ in 2014 but not a bad year nonetheless!