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
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

News & reviews

My Song in October

Seabourne Steps, Volume 8: “My Song in October”.  September, Just Septembers* Michael Bell (piano). *Karen Radcliffe (soprano). Sheva Contemporary  SH326 (75 minutes) Guy Rickards reviews the latest release of music by a composer who constantly flies under the radar....

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Terrific performance of Messiaen's paean to love, joy and the flow of time, featuring a former CC Music Section laureate Thomas Kelly, piano, Imsu Choi, ondes martenot, Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra / Jac van Steen - Royal Festival Hall, May 1, 2024 “A...

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