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Exhibition: Music: Book: Cafe: Website: Shop: ON MY RADAR Iestyn Davies's cultural highlights

June 15, 2014

Interview by Leah Harper

Born in York in 1979, countertenor Iestyn Davies began his singing career aged eight in the choir of St John's College, Cambridge, where he later returned as a choral scholar before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Now widely regarded as one of the finest countertenors of his generation, Davies performed at last year's Last Night of the Proms. He will sing the title role in Rinaldo at Glyndebourne in August. Before then he can be seen at Wigmore Hall in London tonight; at the Spitalfields Music summer festival on Thursday; and in two concerts with the Dunedin Consort in Edinburgh (next Sunday) and London (24 June). Leah Harper

Contemporary British Printmaking, Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire

This is a group show, mainly featuring Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin. A few years ago I saw one of Mark's prints and something really struck me. His work is collage-y; he does linocuts and that sort of stuff.

New Eyes by Clean Bandit

Someone posted a song Clean Bandit had done on Facebook. It was Mozart's House and I remember thinking it was slightly embarrassing - it had a lot of Mozart in it and sounded like clever people had written it. After about a year I thought, actually it's really catchy, really annoying.

A Spy Among Friends

by Ben Macintyre

This is a sort of revised biography of Kim Philby. I've read all of Macintyre's books. He has a knack of telling a very good story, almost as if nobody had ever come across these historical figures before. A Spy Among Friends is a book I could give to anybody.

Workshop Coffee, London

Workshop Coffee Co is one of these third-wave coffee places - the post-Starbucks brigade. There's been a real coffee culture in the past couple of years and it's become a bit like being a wine connoisseur. The flavour they get out of the coffee. . . it's all scientific, it's like a laboratory.

Gilded Birds

Kerry Shaw, who runs the Gilded Birds site, interviews different subjects and asks "What's your idea of beauty?" and starts a discussion. She's done a ton of interviews. It's a way into somebody's psyche - some people come up with really mundane things, like a spoon or a door handle.

Pentreath & Hall

This is a shop just off Lamb's Conduit Street that I really like. Ben Pentreath sells very cool pieces for houses such as resin lamps and plaster casts of Greek moulds. He also has a blog which is fascinating, and he uses it to really engage with his customers. He's in the shop too.

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Source: Observer (UK)

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