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
and the designer, launcher and co-founder 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 presenter on radio.
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 the University of Oxford doing PhD research into Soviet cultural history of the 1950s-70s, with two books in view.
holds a limited selection of my dance & arts journalism published in The Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph from 1992, The Arts Desk from 2009, The Spectator 2014-16, and other publications, where available online. I put other stuff on my BLOG including translations of interesting Russian press about ballet and culture topics such as the Bolshoi. If you want to republish or extract anything kindly email me. If you use any of my work for your own work, kindly credit me with a link to ismeneb.com.
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