Music

Glorious Grieg

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Eternally fresh. That’s how Grieg’s Piano Concerto is described by programme notes, Classic FM, etc. Though, to be honest, eternally…

Band of brothers

11 August 2012 6:00 am

Do rock stars buy life insurance? If so, there must have been payouts aplenty this summer, as several more breathed…

Choral cull

4 August 2012 6:00 am

The Myerscough report about the future funding of the BBC, entitled Delivering Quality First, is another classic in the long-running…

Humorous intent

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Elderly pop tunes, as we all know, have a tendency to remind you of things you may not wish to…

Art of myth-making

7 July 2012 6:00 am

The story of Allegri’s Miserere has probably become the most engrossing myth that great art of any kind has to…

Producer power

16 June 2012 6:00 am

What does a producer do on a record? I have often wondered this, as the evidence suggests that they either…

Proms promise

2 June 2012 11:00 am

On first opening a new Proms prospectus, the enthusiastic amateur immediately looks for the things that are there, the things…

Magic of New Orleans

26 May 2012 11:00 am

More than 11 years after getting sober, memories of my more disgraceful drunken nights can still make me blush with…

Paternal pride

19 May 2012 12:00 pm

It is a glorious moment in the life of any music-loving parent when your progeny develop their own fierce musical…

Period piece

19 May 2012 11:00 am

Opera North’s latest and most ambitious outreach project is a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which will end…

Counting the cost

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

The arrival of the Proms prospectus, with its glamorous pictures of the stars of today, makes me wonder how much…

 Everlasting love

28 April 2012 12:00 pm

A few weeks ago, feeling stale and stressed, I escaped to our dilapidated cottage in Dorset for a few days…

A moth to the flame

28 April 2012 10:00 am

The tissue of myth and hearsay surrounding the rebellious Pannonica Rothschild has made her a difficult creature to pin down, says Sam Leith

Tim on top

21 April 2012 12:00 pm

Tim Minchin swept the board at the Oliviers last Sunday. The Australian’s hit musical, Matilda, won a record seven gongs…

In the literary tradition

14 April 2012 12:00 pm

In recent years there have been a number of exhibitions of Keith Vaughan’s work in commercial galleries, and his prices…

Early adopters

7 April 2012 12:00 pm

The death of Gustav Leonhardt at the age of 83 brings to an end the career of one of the…

Living the music

7 April 2012 11:00 am

I used to read NME when I was young. Of course I did. I was obsessed by pop music in…

Spirit of Schubert

17 March 2012 12:00 pm

Every December, for the past decade, I have laid a red rose on Schubert’s grave in Vienna’s southern cemetery. What…

Touching the void

17 March 2012 12:00 pm

In April, for the first time in ages, I am going to a wedding. At least it will make a…

The Boss without The Big Man

17 March 2012 11:00 am

The main event in the E Street nation this month was not so much the release of the new Bruce…

Anthems for the Queen

10 March 2012 12:00 pm

The Choirbook for the Queen, which has recently been launched, is a remarkable initiative, involving most of the leading Church…

Parental guidance

25 February 2012 12:15 pm

Whisper it ever so quietly, but I think we might just be through the worst that winter has to throw…

The Wow factor

25 February 2012 11:00 am

Next month, a formidable band of women will take to the stage at the Southbank Centre for the Women of…

A deafening silence

25 February 2012 10:00 am

One morning in 2007, the music critic Nick Coleman woke up to find that he was profoundly deaf in one…

The big push

18 February 2012 12:00 pm

We are all just trying to make a living here, obviously. Musicians are no different. There are so many of…