is a selective filing cabinet of 25 years of my dance & arts journalism published in The Daily & Sunday Telegraph from 1992, The Arts Desk from 2009, The Spectator 2014-16, and other publications where online, and I hope it's of occasional historical interest. It consists of reviews and previews of shows that seemed significant above the usual run (including premieres of some now-famous events), commentaries on issues, and interviews with major performers. I have put other stuff on my blog including translations (with commentaries) of interesting Russian press about ballet and culture topics such as the Bolshoi Ballet acid scandal and its fall-out, mainly from 2013-17 – I started these translations originally as Russian-language homework, but for obvious reasons they took on a life of their own. I hope I make clear that I am not responsible for anyone's writing but mine, even where I have translated them.
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I am an arts journalist of news background and musical training. I was the Daily Telegraph's dance critic for 15 years (1993-2008), The Spectator ’s dance critic for two years (2014-16), and the designer, site manager and co-founding director of the award-winning critics’ site The Arts Desk (launched 2009, named Best Specialist Journalism Site in the 2012 Online Media Awards).
I have been a national newspaper subeditor, a regional newspaper editor, a local politics news reporter, a BBC & commercial radio news presenter. and a classical music radio presenter. I trained as a pianist, singer and violist at the Royal College of Music, London (ARCM) and gained an MA in Russian Studies at University College, London (SSEES) in 2014.
I am now at Oxford University doing doctoral research into Soviet cultural history of the 1950s-70s.
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