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A Shipley-based decorating firm has completed work on a £60,000 refurbishment project at the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth which recreates the house as it was when the Brontë sisters were living and writing there.WQXR's Operavore reviews Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, in New York.
Historic interior design consultant Allyson McDermott interpreted two years of archaeological study to redecorate the house as it would have been during 1830s and 40s based on rigorous historical research and scientific analysis.
Bagnalls involvement included the hanging of bespoke wallpapers, hand printed to replicate the designs of the 19th Century, and painting in various colours of distemper.
The project was managed by Barry Caple, a craftsman heritage painter with 40 years’ experience who led a team of experienced decorators and apprentices.
Garry Coble, Bagnalls’ branch director, said: “This project was a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate our decorating capability. We had to ensure that we correctly interpreted Allyson’s specification for each room and were flexible to adapt to any changes she required.”
Sally McDonald, chairman of the Brontë Society Council, said: “This landmark redecoration is a singular opportunity to learn more about the Brontës and their home. When the parsonage reopens its doors we will be sharing more of that wonderful story with our visitors.”
Benjamin Britten’s famously spooky 1954 opera The Turn of the Screw arrives in a New York City Opera production determined to be as ungothic as possible, unfolding in a modern suburban-looking rec room – no murky Wuthering Heights weather here – identifiably British mainly because Margaret Thatcher is seen on TV and the cast sings accented English. (David Patrick Stearns)Glasswerk has discovered the musical duo Paper Crows:
There’s a euphoric positivity nestled in this bleak Scottish soundscape that demands the listeners attention and an overriding feeling of isolation makes for a highly evocative and emotionally charged record - a Wuthering Heights for a new generation. (Jamie)And we wonder if this is a blunder. From What Culture on the 1940 film Kitty Foyle:The Natural History Of A Woman by Sam Wood:
This is one of these films where you exasperate and sigh: where do I start? The character’s name is Kitty, she lives in a bachelorette hotel where women are waiting for a man to fulfill their drearisome lives. Of course the template of the story is a true and tried cliché: working class protagonist and blue blood socialite suffer greatly due to societal norms.
Why is it so strange? That same year a well-known director of the time called Hitchcock, of course Selznick as the producer had extensive say regarding the film, actually won the “Best Picture” Oscar for Rebecca. So, basically the same story with a few different elements yet a vastly superior film with hints of Wuthering Heights. (Marvin Lee Dupree)