Archive for August, 2010

PICS from LEBRECHT: Rare INUGHUIT drawings from the journal of Captain John Ross, the nineteenth-century explorer

It has been announced that Cambridge academic, Dr Stephen Pax Leonard, has set out to document the Inughuit language, which is predicted to die out in ten to fifteen years’ time due to climate change. The Inughuits were first ‘discovered’ by Scottish explorer Captain John Ross in 1818.

The Lebrecht Photo Library has a fantastic selection of rare drawings from the journal of Captain John Ross available online at To order high res image files, please call 020 7625 5341 or email Alternatively, download directly from using your log-in and password.

OBITUARY PICS from LEBRECHT: HERMAN LEONARD, American jazz photographer, 1923 – 14 August 2010

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OBITUARY PICS from LEBRECHT: PATRICIA NEAL, American actress, 20 January 1926– 8 August 2010

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Edinburgh festival Pics from Lebrecht: Pleasance Theatre Press Launch 2010

Pictures showing performers – including comedians Bo Burnham
and Peter Straker – at the Pleasance Theatre Press
launch, Edinburgh, 8 August 2010.

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Lebrecht August 2010 Music & Arts Newsletter – new photographer

August Lebrecht Desktop Calendar ready for downloading from click on the purple tab.

Lebrecht Music & Arts are delighted to announce that Rodrigo Carrizo Couto, Spanish photographer and journalist working in Switzerland, has placed his striking and intimate photographs of musicians, singers, film stars and directors with our photo library. This provides Lebrecht with an extra dimension, enabling us to cover European performers as well as those in the English speaking world. Search under Rodrigo Carrizo Couto, on

Jazz musicians include Tori Amos – American pianist and songwriter, Sting – British musician, Solomon Burke – American rock and soul songwriter,Carlos Santana – American guitarist, Paco de Lucia – Spanish flamenco guitarist, Michel Legrand – French composer and conductor, Juliette Greco – French actress and singer.

Tori Amos - American pianist and songwriter

Sting - British musician

Carlos Santana - American guitarist


Michel Legrand - French composer and conductor

Juliette Greco - French actress and singer


His coverage takes in the annual Montreux Jazz Festival, founded in 1967 and one of the most prestigious in Europe; it is held annually in early July on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Classical musicians include Yuja Wang – Chinese pianist, Martha Argerich – Argentinian pianist, Gidon Kremer – Russian violinist, Evgeny Kissin and Michael Tilson-Thomas, Danielle Gatti – Italian conductor, Sol Gabetta, Lang Lang -Chinese pianist, Rodion Shchedrin. Many of these musicians regularly take part in the Verbier summer music festival to enjoy music in the relaxed mountain atmosphere .

Yuja Wang - Chinese pianist

Martha Argerich - Argentinian pianist


Lang Lang -Chinese pianist

Michael Tilson-Thomas


Film stars and film directors include Anthony Hopkins – British actor, Christian Slater and Spanish film director Carlos Salva.

Anthony Hopkins - British actor

Spanish film director Carlos Salva



13 August – Florence Nightingale’s 100th death anniversary – British nurse active in caring for soldiers in the Crimean War
14 August – Sarah Brightman’s 50th birthday – British star of Phantom of the Opera
21 August – Leon Trotsky’s 70th assasination anniversary
23 August – Oscar Hammerstein II’s 50th anniversary of his death – American librettist and lyricist of famous Broadway musicals such as South Pacific

Florence Nightingale

Leon Trotsky

South Pacific


5 September – Osvaldo Golijov 50th birthday of Argentinian composer
7 September – start of the London Blitz 70th anniversary
11 September – D H Lawrence 125th anniversary of British novelist

Osvaldo Golijov

St Paul's Cathedral

D H Lawrence


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Archaeological site of Shakespeare’s first London Theatre in Shorditch, with actor Mark Rylance

This week, Lebrecht photographer Laurie Lewis was given exclusive access to an archaeological dig in Shoreditch, which has revealed the site of Shakespeare’s first London theatre.

Actor Mark Rylance celebrated the end of the dig by reciting ‘O for a Muse of fire’ from Henry V on the yard where Elizabethan theatregoers watched some of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. He said “It is wonderful that it’s been discovered and will be the foundations of a new theatre”

The dig has shed new light on the early history of Shoreditch and produced some unique finds including rare ceramics dating from Shakespeare’s time.

“You get a site like this once in a lifetime…. This site is Shakespeare – and, in terms of archaeology, we do not think we are ever going to get closer to him than this. Jo Lyon, Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology.

One of London’s longest established grass roots theatre companies, The Tower Theatre, has planning permission to bring London theatre back to its first home, building a brand new 135 seat auditorium and production base which will be a vibrant addition to this historic quarter.

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Archaeological site of Shakespeare's first theatre in London. Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance

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