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 503 members shared between Theatre (117), Music (91), Film (151), Dance (57), Visual Arts (47) and Books (40). Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.

Each year since 1988, the Circle has presented the Rosebowl for Distinguished Service to the Arts to an artist of conspicuous achievement. In 2019 the members voted for David Hockney, in 2020 for Dame Janet Baker and in 2021 for Daniel Barenboim.

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: Robert Thicknesse
Vice-President: Alex Leith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones criticscircleallsections@gmail.com
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

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Donna Lennard, Kensington SO / Russell Keable

Sensational revival of McCabe's Notturni ed Alba; UK premiere of Kats-Chernin's Big Rhap; VW London St John’s Smith Square, London, October 16th, 2023 It has become something of a commonplace to regard the Kensington Symphony Orchestra as the finest amateur orchestra...

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