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Conversations review Woman's Hour's debut is a meticulous affair rooted in MOR

The much talked-about Kendal/London four-piece's debut is a meticulous affair with neat programming, guitars and bass forming the backdrop to Fiona Burgess's vocals, its roots bedded in MOR pop turf (think Sade, Dido even).

Hansel and Gretel review the woods are alive in the Dukes' annual al fresco show

Williamson Park, LancasterHilltop, woodland and lake are the perfect setting for Zosia Ward's vivid retelling of multiple fairytalesHansel and Gretel may get top billing at the Dukes' annual outdoor production, but they are not alone. Threaded through the

Terms of My Surrender review John Hiatt's crackling back-porch blues

(New West)As the opener of his 26th album drifts past in a blur of cliches (howling winds, lonesome whistles, wheels turning), it seems that John Hiatt has finally run out of words. Not so. The seasoned songwriter soon locates his mojo for a downbeat set

Five review wonderfully clever improvisation from Kirk Knuffke and Jesse Stacken

(SteepleChase)It's difficult to imagine two jazz composers more unalike than Bill Evans and Carla Bley one soft and delicate, the other all hard outlines and sharp angles. But these two musicians manage to get inside half a dozen pieces by each with equa

Malevich review an intensely moving retrospective

Tate Modern, LondonRussian artist Kazimir Malevich blazed a trail through modern art with nothing more than shape and colour. Then came StalinKazimir Malevich: revolutionary of Russian art in picturesKazimir Malevich painted his revolutionary Red Square o

Kazimir Malevich: revolutionary of Russian art in pictures

A century on, the geometric brilliance of Malevich's art still looks new at Tate ModernLaura Cumming reviews Malevich at Tate Modern Continue reading...

Hansel and Gretel review the woods are alive in the Dukes' annual alfresco show

Williamson Park, LancasterHilltop, woodland and lake are the perfect setting for Zosia Ward's vivid retelling of multiple fairytalesHansel and Gretel may get top billing at the Dukes' annual outdoor production, but they are not alone. Threaded through the

From Scotland With Love review King Creosote's unsentimental history

If you've spent recent weeks gagging on cloying sports montage music, here's an uplifting alternative.

'We wrote it for Alan': Pet Shop Boys take their Turing opera to the Proms

At this week's Proms, the pop trailblazers will celebrate Alan Turing, the computer pioneer and Enigma codebreaker persecuted for his homosexuality.

Premiere of Joe Orton's 'lost' first play tells bitter tale of early years on council estate

Play Fred and Madge will have its first profession staging later this summer and is said to be based on the playwright's parents.