London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is a drama school located in Hammersmith, London. It is the oldest drama school in the UK, it is a founder member of the Federation of Drama Schools. It was announced on 16 January 2018 that Benedict Cumberbatch has succeeded Timothy West as LAMDA's President. LAMDA's Director is Sarah Frankcom, who succeeded Principal Joanna Read in 2019. In recent years, over 98% of LAMDA's stage management and technical theatre graduates have found work in their chosen field within weeks of graduation and the Academy's graduates work at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe, London's West End and Hollywood as well as on the BBC, HBO and Broadway, it is registered as a company under the name LAMDA Ltd and as a charity under its trading name London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. There is an associate organisation in America under the name of American Friends of LAMDA. LAMDA Examinations in the fields of speech, drama and performance taken by external students are recognised by Ofqual, the regulator in England and its counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland.

LAMDA accredited examinations at Level 3 or above are recognised within the UCAS Tariff system. In July 2018, LAMDA joined the register of Higher Education Providers, receives funding directly from the Office for Students; this means that eligible UK/EU students are able to access loans to assist with their tuition fees and maintenance costs. LAMDA left the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama on 31 July 2019, having been an affiliate member since 2004; the London Academy of Music was founded by Henry Wylde in 1861. Providing training for, examinations in, various musical disciplines was the dominant purpose of the institution. However, providing instruction in spoken English became a core area of the Academy’s work. In the 1880s, LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public. Since these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation. LAMDA Examinations has emerged as Drama Board in the United Kingdom. In 1904, the school was amalgamated with two other London music institutions that had sprung up since the academy was founded, namely the London Music School and the Forest Gate School of Music renamed in 1906 the Metropolitan Academy of Music.

In due course the Hampstead Academy was amalgamated. The name was changed under the direction of Wilfrid Foulis. In 1939, it was moved from London due to the war. A move to the Talgarth Road in west London has enabled LAMDA to develop a campus with new training facilities designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects; the site was home to the Royal Ballet School, which moved to new, purpose-built facilities adjacent to the Royal Opera House. LAMDA presents public productions in its three performance spaces, the Sainsbury Theatre, the Carne Studio Theatre and The Linbury Studio. Patron: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, KG, GCVO President: Benedict Cumberbatch CBE Vice-President: Dame Janet Suzman DBE Chairman: Shaun Woodward Vice Chair: Tom Chandos, Sarah Habberfield Other Board members: Shamez Alibhai, Matt Applewhite, Olga Basirov, Mark Cornell, Mohammad Dastbaz, Joanne Hirst, Patricia Hodge, Thomas Laing-Baker, April McMahon, John Owen, Carole-Anne Upton, Helen Wright Edward AkroutAngélica AragónRichard ArmitageTala AsheColin BakerJim BroadbentJonathan Case - Kim CattrallSam ClaflinDominic CooperBrian Cox – Benedict Cumberbatch – James D’Arcy – Alexis DenisofDiana Dors - Chiwetel EjioforJason FlemyngTony GoldwynGinnifer GoodwinRichard HarrisAnthony HeadEdward HerrmannWilliam HootkinsLee InglebyŽeljko IvanekJeffrey JonesStacy KeachDaniel Sharman - Rory KinnearRose LeslieJohn LithgowMalcolm McDowellNatascha McElhoneMichael Malarkey - Stephen Moyer – Avi Nash - David OyelowoJemma Redgrave - Iwan Rheon - Samantha Robinson


ChouCho is a Japanese female singer from Osaka Prefecture and is signed to Lantis. ChouCho formed the band Lotus Lotus in 2007 when still in high school and performed covers of songs from anime. Starting in June 2008, ChouCho began submitting videos of her singing on the Nico Nico Douga video sharing website. On July 27, 2011, she made her major debut with her single "Kawaru Mirai", used as the opening theme to the 2011 anime Heaven's Memo Pad, her second single "Authentic symphony" was released on October 26, 2011 and is used as the opening theme to the 2011 anime Mashiroiro Symphony. In August 2011, she released the album Lapis with the producer Junky. ChouCho's third single "Harmonia" was released on November 23, 2011 and is used as the ending theme to the 2011 original video animation series The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, her fourth single "Million of Bravery" was released on March 21, 2012 and is used as the theme song to the 2012 video game Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur. Her fifth single "Yasashisa no Riyū" was released on May 2, 2012 and is used as the opening theme to the 2012 anime Hyōka.

ChouCho released her debut solo album Flyleaf on August 8, 2012, containing all released singles. Her sixth single "DreamRiser" was released on October 24, 2012 and is used as opening theme to the 2012 anime Girls und Panzer, her seventh single "Sora to Kimi no Message" was released on May 22, 2013 and is used as the ending theme to the 2013 anime Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Her eighth single "Starlog" was released on July 31, 2013 and is used as the opening theme to the 2013 anime Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. ChouCho's second studio album Secretgarden was released on December 25, 2013, containing her sixth through eighth singles, her ninth single "Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de" was released on February 26, 2014 and is used as the ending theme to the 2014 anime Buddy Complex. Her tenth single "Natsu no Hi to Kimi no Koe" was released on August 6, 2014 and is used as the opening theme to the 2014 anime Glasslip, her 11th single "Bless Your Name" was released on April 15, 2015 and is used as the opening theme to the 2015 anime High School DxD BorN.

Her 12th single "Piece of Youth" was released on November 25, 2015. ChouCho's 13th single "Kūsō Triangle" was released on February 24, 2016, her 14th single "Asterism" was released on July 27, 2016. ChouCho's 15th single "Elemental World" was released on February 15, 2017, her 16th single "Kaleidoscope / Usubeni no Tsuki" was released on August 26, 2017. Her 17th single "Ashita no Kimi Sae Ireba Ii." was released on October 25, 2017. Her 18th single "Orange Iro". Official website Official website at Lantis ChouCho's blog Published videos at Nico Nico Douga ChouCho on Twitter ChouCho at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular

The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, or GABS as it is known, is a beer and food festival that celebrates the diversity and creativity of craft beer. It is run by The Local Taphouse beer bars each year in Melbourne and Sydney and in 2015 23,000 people attended the events; the Local Taphouses run beer festivals, or SpecTAPulars, to showcase rare or exclusive beers under a different theme. The original GABS was held at both venues in both Sydney and Melbourne on 12 February 2011. Another notable, annual event is the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of the Year countdown; this event is held each Australia Day, January 26. The main idea behind GABS was to invite leading Australian craft breweries to brew a special beer just for the event. Not confident, Taphouse owners Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone thought they would be lucky to get ten new beers so planned to put their favourite Australian beers on the 10 other available taps; the response from brewers was so positive that 22 breweries produced 20 brand new beers for the event.

Emboldened by the events' initial success, it was decided to relocate GABS to the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne for three days the following year and become part of Melbourne's Good Beer Week celebrations. About 8000 people attended. GABS now features hundreds of beers, brewery stands, beer education, local food vendors and entertainment but it is predominantly known for the GABS'Festival Beers' which are brewed for the event by leading brewers in Australia, New Zealand and other invited international brewers; the first GABS Sydney took place at the Australian Technology Park on Saturday 30 May 2016. In 2015, American magazine, Beer Connoisseur, rated GABS as one of the top 20 beer festivals in the world.'The Mountie' Maple Imperial Stout Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne. 22–24 May 2015 Attendance: 16,200 peopleAustralian Technology Park, Sydney, 30 May 2016 Attendance: 6,300 people'Milk and Two Sugars' Imperial Milk Stout Back to Top Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne. 22–24 May 2014 Attendance: 12,000 people'Praline' Belgian Ale Back to Top Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne.

24–26 May 2013 Attendance: 11,000 people White Chocolate and Raspberry Pilsner Back to Top Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne.'Gunnamatta' Tea Leaf IPA Back to Top