The Critics’ Circle
Protecting and promoting cultural criticism since 1913
The Critics’ Circle believes impartial, professional criticism of the arts is an essential ingredient of a healthy society. The Circle today has 490 members shared between Theatre (117), Music (78), Film (151), Dance (57), Visual Arts (47) and Books (40). Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.
Since 1988 the Circle has presented each year the Service to Art Rosebowl to an artist of conspicuous achievement. In 2015 the members voted for Dame Maggie Smith, in 2016 for Matthew Bourne.
The sections make their own awards in ceremonies which are significant social occasions, and hold periodic meetings and lunches to discuss their awards, propose new members, debate current issues and meet artists.
President: Anna Smith
Vice-President: William Russell
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin
News & reviews
By Rick Jones Oh for goodness’ sake. The Proms begin and all anyone can talk about is applause in the wrong place. The audience clapped the individual planets of the Solar System instead of waiting for Neptune at the end of Holst’s suite on opening night. Pluto was...read more
Oh for goodness’ sake. The Proms begin and all anyone can talk about is applause in the wrong place. The audience clapped the individual planets of the Solar System instead of waiting for Neptune at the end of Holst’s suite on opening night. Pluto was still unnoticed...read more
Victims of love As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods: but in Longborough Festival Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, it’s the girls you have to watch. Love, Fortune and Virtue – the mismatched trio of allegorical figures who provide...read more
Recording angel Donizetti would have been tickled pink to hear Sir Mark Elder and the orchestra of the Royal Opera giving the world premiere of his opera semiseria. Elder has spent years championing little-known bel canto works, recording nine of them for Opera Rara,...read more
“Is there no ‘beyond?’/ Are we already there?” Ariadne asks towards the end of Ariadne auf Naxos. At the opening night, conductor Anthony Negus and the Longborough Orchestra were conveying exactly that sense of having suddenly stumbled across new and unexpected joys....read more