Arts and Music Journalism

Why the original Are You Being Served? was so true to real life (Radio Times, August 2016)

Clocking on Is there still a role for the old-fashioned public clock? (Countryside magazine, December 2015)

Whose Remembrance? The contribution of the former British colonies to two world wars (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

Uncovering Suburbia's Riches The story behind Suburban Birmingham: spaces and places, 1880-1960 (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

At the Crossroads of Empire Stories from the history of colonial law (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

Secrets of the Past Uncovered The Lyminge Archaeological Project (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

Nordicana 2015 (Cinema Scandinavia magazine, Autumn 2015), includes interviews with Sofie Gråbøl, Trine Dyrholm, and the casts of 1864 and The Legacy read

The Legacy of Matador (Cinema Scandinavia magazine, Winter 2015) read

With Love from Gloria and Laura - how the book came into being (Discover Your History magazine, February 2014) read

Review - London Community Gospel Choir at Cadogan Hall, (The Independent, 6th May 2010) read

Rocky Horror Show, Showtime, includes interview with Richard O'Brien (The Singer magazine, December 2009/January 2010) read

Both Sides Now, Songscape (the story behind the classic Joni Mitchell song) (The Singer magazine, December 2009/January 2010) read

The Fabulous Chita Rivera - interview with the Broadway legend (Musical Stages, Autumn 2009) read

Singing Forum - Kander & Ebb: a discussion with performers who have performed their work. Includes interviews with Chita Rivera, Brent Barrett, Joel Grey, Ute Lemper, Karen Ziemba, Debra Monk and Caroline O'C onnor (The Singer magazine, December 2009/January 2010) read

In the Cards - the story of Renaissance and interview with Annie Haslam (Classic Rock presents Prog magazine, December 2009) read

Annie Get Your Gun, Showtime, includes interview with Julian Ovenden, who plays Buffalo Bill in the 2009 Young Vic revival (The Singer magazine, October/November 2009) read

Charlie Winston and Florence Rawlings, My Way (The Singer magazine, October/November 2009) read

I Will Always Love You, Songscape (the story behind the Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston hit) (The Singer magazine, August/September 2009) read

Singin' in the Rain, Showtime (new regular series discussing previous treatments of familiar musical shows) (The Singer magazine, August/September 2009) read

I Dreamed a Dream, Songscape (regular series telling the story behind the song - including in this case Susan Boyle's debut on BGT) (The Singer magazine, August/September 2009) read

Marianne Faithfull - Faithfull and True (The Singer magazine, June/July 2009) read

The state of British musical theatre - Light the Lights... (The Singer magazine, June/July 2009) read

Dream a Little Dream of Me, Songscape (regular series telling the story behind the song) (The Singer magazine, June/July 2009) read

Mary Tyler Moore - Life, Loves and Oh Yeah, Diabetes! (Sweet magazine, May/June 2009) 

Omara Portuondo - Vocal Sunshine (The Singer magazine, February/March 2009 read

Elaine Stritch - 'Diabetes? It's a pain the ass! And a blessing in disguise' (Sweet magazine, December 2008) read

Singing Sondheim (The Singer magazine, December/January 2009) includes interviews with Michael Ball, Barbara Cook, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Henry Goodman, Cleo Laine, Patti LuPone, Steve Ross and Elaine Stritch) read

Mari Wilson - 'I'm grateful for every day that I feel good' (Sweet magazine, Oct/Nov 2008) read

Lea Delaria - To boldly go... (The Singer magazine, August/September 2008) read

Alison Moyet - Only You page 1, page 2, page 3 (The Singer magazine February/March 2008)

The King's Singers - King Pins page 1, page 2, page 3 (The Singer magazine April/May 2008)

Parallel Universe page 1, page 2 (The Singer magazine December 2007/January 2008)

Mari Wilson - Voice of the Beehive page 1, page 2, page 3  (Arts East magazine October/November 2007)

Tamsin Pickeral - Horsey Tales (Suffolk Journal, July 2007) read

Nicci French - Two Become One page 1, page 2  (Arts East magazine March 2007)

Vic Reeves - Vic's Brush With Art page 1, page 2   (Arts East magazine July 2006)

Maggi Hambling - Riding a Wave page 1, page 2  (Arts East magazine May 2006)

Elizabeth Jane Howard - Howard's Way (Suffolk Journal, March 2006) read

Send in the Clowns, Songscape - the story behind the great Sondheim song (The Singer, June/July 2004) read

Cry Me a River, Songscape - the story behind Arthur Hamilton's classic torch song (The Singer, April/May 2004) read

Little Sparrow - On the 40th anniversary of her death, Piers Ford revisits the extraordinary life - and voice - of Edith Piaf (France Magazine, October 2003)

World Music: nul points - ethnic entries in the Eurovision Song Contest (Songlines, Spring/Summer 2000) read

The Broadway Sound, book review of Robert Russell Bennett's autobiography (Gramophone, April 2000) read

Love Me or Leave Me - the great torch singers (Gay Times, December 1991) read

Handing on the Torch - tracing the phenomenon of the torch singer from its roots in turn-of-the-century Paris to its huge, shadowy influence on so much of today's smart pop (The Wire, June 1993) read

More Profiles and interviews

Alison Moyet, singer and songwriter (Suffolk Journal, The Singer)

Barb Jungr, singer and cabaret artist (Arts East, Venue magazine) read

Barbara Dickson, singer and actor (Show Music) read

Bill Wyman, rock star and ex-Rolling Stone (Suffolk Journal) Cambridge Folk Club read

Caroline Crampton, illustrator (Arts East)

Carolyn Soutar, writer (Suffolk Journal)

Catherine Feeny, singer and songwriter (Arts East) read

Claire Martin, jazz singer (The Singer)

Clare Teal, jazz singer (Arts East)

Diana Quick, actor (Arts East)

Dilys Laye, actor (Arts East) read

Dionne Warwick, singer (Western Mail) link

Elaine Paige, singer and actor (Show Music)

Eleanor Keenan, singer and big band leader (The Singer)

Elizabeth Jane Howard, writer (Suffolk Journal)

Elkie Brooks, singer (Arts East, Suffolk Journal, The Lady) read

Evelyn Glennie, percussionist (Arts East)

Gareth Valentine, composer and musical director (Financial Times)

Glenys Barton, sculptor (Arts East, Essex Magazine) read

Jacqueline Dankworth, singer (Arts East)

Jane Birkin, actor and singer (Song Lines, The Singer, Living France) read

Julia McKenzie, singer and actor (Show Music, Gramophone)

Julie Wilson, cabaret artist and actor (Applause)

Kiri Te Kanawa, opera singer (Arts East) read

Lucie Arnaz, actor (Show Music)

Maggi Hambling, artist (Suffolk Journal, Arts East, ACE Tennis)

Mari Wilson, singer (Sweet Magazine)

Maria Friedman, actor and singer (Show Music, Gramophone) link

Mariza, singer (Arts East, The Singer)

Marni Nixon, singer and actor (The Singer)

Nicci French, husband-and-wife thriller writing team (Arts East)

Ocean Colour Scene, rock band (Arts East) read

Pam Schomberg, potter and gallery owner (Arts East)

Ronald Blythe, writer (Essex magazine)

Ruthie Henshall, actor (Show Music)

Sally Harrison, soprano (The Singer)

Stacey Kent, jazz singer (Arts East)

Stephen Sondheim, composer (Gramophone, Amazon) link read

Sylvia Kristel, actor (Amazon) link

Tamsin Pickeral, writer and art historian (Suffolk Journal)

Vic Reeves (Jim Moir), artist and comedian (Arts East)