Music

Beethoven at dinner parties: how to bluff it

16 March 2013 9:00 am

I’ve just been reunited with a man whose pungent and patronising views on great composers have haunted me for more…

David Bowie: great expectations

If David Bowie really has returned to form, I’ll cry

9 March 2013 9:00 am

I haven’t heard the David Bowie album yet, but the Amazon order is in and Postie has been alerted as…

Class prejudice is keeping talented children out of classical music

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Musicians have always had an uncertain social status in England, the traditional reactions varying from amused condescension to mild repulsion.…

Why can’t the British pop industry launch new acts that last?

9 February 2013 9:00 am

It’s all been happening in the pop world since I was last here. David Bowie released a new song, arguably…

Making music

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Since the birth of the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster in the late 1990s, the record industry has been the unwilling…

Changing habits

2 February 2013 9:00 am

The question of who is going to buy EMI Classics has arisen once again in the past few days with…

Rediscovering Spotify

26 January 2013 9:00 am

All my life I’ve wanted to be able to write confidently about orchestral performances and I think I may have…

Wielding the axe

12 January 2013 9:00 am

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling a bit sorry for Mike Harding. The long-serving host of BBC Radio 2’s…

If the price is right …

5 January 2013 9:00 am

The question of who is going to buy EMI Classics took up most of 2012 and seems destined to run…

Chorus of approval

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Is there anything more essential to one’s well-being than the sound of an English choir at evensong? Is there, for…

The quiz biz

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Come December, I often find myself writing a lot of quizzes. Not that I’m complaining: I love writing quizzes, and…

Talking dirty

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Attached to the ménage of every artistic outfit these days will be an employee who believes there is a magic…

Matchless mono

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Record companies: if you insist on sending CDs to my home address without so much as a covering note or…

Golden oldies

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Old blokes make records too; they just take their time over it. Graham Gouldman of 10cc has one out, his…

Bolivian treasure

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Every so often in my line of business one reads heartwarming stories about manuscripts from the past turning up in…

No more heroes

3 November 2012 9:00 am

The Wharf is an unpretentious venue in Tavistock which offers a menu of entertainment whose criteria are difficult to fathom…

Blind spot

27 October 2012 9:00 am

Do you have a mysterious and slightly embarrassing musical blind spot? One of mine is for Dvorák, whom I don’t…

Sweet serendipity

13 October 2012 9:00 am

‘If you liked that, why not try this?’ Such tempting words, so hard to resist. I love the idea that…

Teenage fanclub

13 October 2012 9:00 am

As I entered the O2 Academy in Oxford last Saturday, something felt strange. The air was thick, the bar was…

Night and day

6 October 2012 9:00 am

It is 0422, pitch black outside and pouring with rain. The candles are being extinguished one by one as the…

Panic attack

29 September 2012 9:00 am

If you want to make yourself unpopular with a classical musician, bring up the subject of performance anxiety. You can…

Fame game

15 September 2012 9:00 am

The summer is over, the Olympians have gone, and Lord Coe has been put back in his box for another…

New light

15 September 2012 9:00 am

The third concert I went to at Lucerne last week was under two aegises: first ‘Faith’, the theme of this…

Prom power

8 September 2012 8:00 am

As the whole world knows, London has been putting its best foot forward this summer, and has done it very…

Keeping the faith

8 September 2012 8:00 am

Faith is the theme of this year’s Summer Festival in Lucerne. Not that I would have guessed it from the…