Crafts in lockdown, Víkingur Ólafsson performs Glass, Netflix series Hollywood and Lionel Shriver novel reviewed
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, Front Row’s Lockdown Artist in Residence, continues his weekly live performances from the empty Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik. Tonight he plays an energetic piece by the American minimalist composer Philip Glass, Etude No.9.
What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our mental health and how might being creative at home help our mental wellbeing at this challenging time? Dr Daisy Fancourt is leading the UK’s biggest study looking at the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on our mental health. She explains their findings so far and the potential impact craft can have on mental wellbeing. And embroiderer Ekta Kaul and maker Joe Hartley discuss how their own practice has changed under lockdown, the online tutorials they’ve been running and how you can start making at home yourself.
We mark the loss of the great afrobeat drummer Tony Allen whose death has been announced at the age of 79 with an interview for Front Row from 2014.
And novelist Sara Collins and critic Karen Krizanovich review Hollywood, the Netflix series from Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, and the new Lionel Shriver novel The Motion of the Body Through Space.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Sarah Johnson
Studio manager: Matilda Macari…read more