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CD Choice: Rend Collective – The Art of Celebration (Kingsway)

CD Choice: Rend Collective – The Art of Celebration (Kingsway)

There was a time when this band’s name ended in “Experiment” and their freshness promised to re-invigorate worship music. Their “Build Your Kingdom Here” was one of the best congregational…

The nominations are in for the Oscars…

The nominations are in for the Oscars…

It’s Oscar® night on Sunday. The main prizes seem largely sorted – most favourites match the BAFTA awards, including Julianne Moore’s best actress for Still Alice, which only gets its…

CD Choice – All Sons and Daughters Live (Integrity)

CD Choice – All Sons and Daughters Live (Integrity)

Every genre needs artists who can combine creativity, integrity, freshness and artistic quality. All Sons and Daughters do just that for worship music. Whether you love or despise current praise…

CD Choice: Icehouse – The Best of (Repertoire)

CD Choice: Icehouse – The Best of (Repertoire)

Icehouse deserves to be better known in the UK. Iva Davies (who essentially is Icehouse) has garnered several musical awards in his homeland of Australia and recorded the soundtrack to…

Shaun is the new screen star

Shaun is the new screen star

Shaun the Sheep (dir. Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, cert. U) brings Nick Park’s stop-motion ovine hero to the big screen. It’s a wordless (but well mumbled) story: the farmer…

CD Choice – Saffron, Bombay Dub Orchestra

I briefly mentioned in my 2013 review that two of the “most striking and satisfying releases” of the year were from the World genre: Saffron’s Dawning and Bombay Dub Orchestra’s…

Show of Hands: Centenary (Hands On Music)

Show of Hands: Centenary (Hands On Music)

As the CD reviews return to a weekly format, we’ll catch up with some from last year, and there are few as time-related as this one, where Devon’s folk royalty…

Films of the Week

Films of the Week

Wild (dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, cert. 15) tells Cheryl Strayed’s story of a cathartic personal voyage of discovery after the break-up of her marriage and death of her mother. Strayed, a…

Exclusive clip: Stations of the Cross

Exclusive clip: Stations of the Cross

The new award-winning German film Stations of the Cross will be released this Friday, November 28. This story of religion and devotion follows 14-year-old Maria, a girl who is searching…

The high price of protest

The high price of protest

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (dir. Francis Lawrence, cert. 12A) is the first of the two episodes of the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy. The “last…

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