Things To Book, Watch & Listen To This Month

Things To Book, Watch & Listen To This Month

There are some exciting things to bookmark this month. We’ve rounded up eight of the best, including an exhibition, an opera and a charming Scottish restaurant with rooms – as well as the films, TV series and books you won’t want to miss.

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THE OPERA: The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro opens at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 9th January. While the orchestra plays one of Mozart’s most famous scores, the cast on stage will set the scene at Count Almaviva’s château in 1830s Seville. Servants Figaro and Susanna are about to be married, but the Count has designs on Susanna and plans of his own for her. As the two plan to foil the unwanted advances of the Count, the Countess has her heart stolen by a cross-dressing pageboy. But when mischief is afoot and love is at stake, plans never run smoothly…
Until 27th January; Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD

THE FILM: Memoria

This new film sees Tilda Swinton play Jessica, an expat from Scotland who lives in Medellín, Columbia. Running a gardening business selling flowers, she lives a quiet life and, at first, seems introverted but happy with her life. When Jessica’s sister Karen ends up in hospital with a mysterious respiratory illness, Karen travels across the country to visit her and her brother-in-law Juan. One night, Jessica is woken up by a loud bang, which starts a strange dream-like journey in which she travels the jungles of Colombia.
In cinemas now.

THE BALLET: Raymonda

The English National Ballet starts its tour of Raymonda at the London Coliseum next week. Taking inspiration from Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea, the ballet creates a new version of the classic story, with an impressive number of dancers and a full orchestra. The story begins in 1850s England when Raymonda runs away from her comfortable life to become a nurse in the Crimean War. There, she becomes engaged to a soldier, but soon develops feelings for his friend Abdur, a leader of the Ottoman army. As turmoil grows around and inside her, she must decide who to give her heart to.
Until 23rd January; St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4ES

THE BOOK: Year of Music: Classical Inspiration for Every Day of Your Year by Clemency Burton-Hill

Classic FM’s Clemency Burton-Hill has released a follow-up to her book Year of Wonder. The broadcaster and violinist opens up the world of classical music with recommendations on what to listen to every single day of the year. Ideal if you’d like to discover new artists and composers – or revisit old classics you might have forgotten about – the book is full of charming pieces to listen to on the go and at home. A thoughtful and uplifting gift to yourself or a loved one.

THE HOTEL: Killiecrankie House

Whether you’re planning a trip to Scotland or simply gathering ideas for later, put Killiecrankie House at the top of your travel list. Set within the beautiful Cairngorm National Park in Perthshire, the stylish restaurant with rooms celebrates the best of Scottish produce where guests can relax while enjoying local, seasonal cuisine. Bedrooms, including the master suite, have four-poster beds, free-standing baths or walk-in showers, plush furniture and dark but cosy interiors. There’s also a drawing room, cocktail bar and dining room which serves 15-course tasting menus with dishes like Highland wagyu beef; venison, peat and brambles; and Moray squid cooked in a stew of its own ink and whisky.
Pitlochry, PH16 5LG



THE EXHIBITION: Life Between Islands 

This Tate Britain exhibition celebrates 70 years of Caribbean-British art. Spanning paintings and photography to fashion, film and sculpture, the exhibition explores the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other British artists whose work has been influenced and inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage. Life Between Islands features over 40 artists including Aubrey Williams, Donald Locke, Horace Ové, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner and Alberta Whittle. Don’t miss the room dedicated to the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Until 3rd April; Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

THE TV SERIES: The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age is the new period drama to have on your radar. Created by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Belgravia), the series is set during the boom years of 1880s New York City. The world is changing as old money families watch new money wealth explode, bringing the scandal and drama you’d expect from an era filled with greed and excess. During the first few episodes, we see a young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) move from rural Pennsylvania to the city after the death of her father to live with her traditional aunts Agnes (Christine Baranski) and Ada (Cynthia Nixon). Trying to navigate this new world, Marian inadvertently becomes entangled in a social war. 
Available to watch on HBO and Sky from 25th January.


Middle Eastern restaurant Jeru has just opened its doors on Berkeley Street. Headed up by renowned Australian chef Roy Ner, the restaurant has its own on-site bakery where guests can buy bread, pastries, and salads, as well as a main dining room framed by a beautiful Middle Eastern arched doorway, and a cocktail bar on the ground floor for live music nights. Menu highlights include charcoal octopus with cuttlefish ragu, black spinach, and chilli; langoustines with a smoked eel salsa; smoked lamb with roasted aubergine; and prawn dumplings with burnt harissa butter and Jerusalem artichokes.
11 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8DS

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