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President: Jeffery Taylor
Vice-President: Anna Smith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington
The Critics’ Circle, which makes an annual award for Services to the Arts, is composed of six sections - Drama, Music, Film, Dance, Visual Arts and Literary criticism. The Literary section, set up in November 2014, is still building up its membership and is not yet fully active. The Circle's aims are to promote the art of criticism, to uphold its integrity in practice, to foster and safeguard members’ professional interests, to provide opportunities to meet, and to support the advancement of the arts.
The Critics' Circle Film Awards
17 January 2016
Advance information about the 2016 Circle Film Awards
How To Write About....
A manual for critics, students and bloggers
How to learn about writing criticism - a handy guide for those who would become critics.
Edward Greenfield, 30 July 1928 – 1 July 2015
Veteran classical music critic dies at 86
Edward Greenfield, a legendary figure in classical music criticism, died on 1 July having never stopped listening and writing.
Ion Trewin 1943-2015.
Andrew Porter, 1928-2015
Music critic, cultural commentator and translator of operatic libretti
Andrew Porter, who established an eminent reputation on both sides of the Atlantic over a long career in music criticism, has died in London at the age of 86.
National Dance Awards
Dance awards break records
Boyhood is the big winner at the CC Film Awards
Richard Linklater wins Film and Director, while Patricia Arquette was named Supporting Actress of the Year at the 35th annual ceremony, held at The May Fair Hotel
Miranda Richardson to receive the top accolade at CC Film Awards
Acclaimed actress will be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at the critics' awards ceremony on 18th January at The May Fair Hotel.
Michael Kennedy, 1926-2014
Critic, writer, biographer and journalist dies
Michael Kennedy, the prolific critic, writer, biographer and journalist, has died at the age of 88.His lifelong association with the Telegraph began at age 15 in 1941 at the newspaper's Manchester office. He began writing music criticism regularly in 1948 while climbing up the sub-editor ladder, becoming chief sub-editor and eventually, in 1960, the newspaper's northern editor. When the Telegraph stopped its Manchester edition, Kennedy turned to criticism full time and in 1989 moved to become chief music critic for the Sunday Telegraph.
35th CC Film Awards Nominations
Mike Leigh's historical biopic Mr Turner leading the way with seven nominations
The London Film Critics' Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh's historical biopic Mr Turner leading the way. Close behind in the race for the awards, voted on by 140 of the UK's leading print, online and broadcast film critics, is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's Birdman. Awards ceremony will be held at the May Fair Hotel, London, on 18th January 2015 hosted by former winners Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.