Music

 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…

Easy listening

11 February 2012 12:00 pm

There is only one place these days where the music of Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) sends its hearers into reliable…

A bite of the Apple

11 February 2012 11:00 am

For the first time in its 170-year history, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra has a native New Yorker at the…

Beyond the elite

4 February 2012 12:00 pm

There are few art forms with more colossal barriers to entry than classical music. Picture yourself finally plucking up the…

Unfinished business

21 January 2012 11:00 am

The phrase ‘community drummers’ strikes fear into me. When I read it in the programme notes for Survivor, Antony Gormley’s…

Out and about

21 January 2012 11:00 am

We are already more than halfway through January and I am still managing to stick heroically to my new year’s…

Kate comeback

14 January 2012 12:00 pm

What is Christmas for, exactly? For me, it’s a time of reflection and of sudden dawning realisation. Reflection on the…

The 40-part challenge

7 January 2012 11:00 am

Embedded somewhere in the Christmas story no doubt is the idea of much being contained in a small space —…

Sounds for a cool Yule

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

One of the unwritten rules in our house is that Christmas should never be mentioned until a few days before…

Heavenly voices

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

It seems that Christ was born with the sound of choral music in his ears. That, at any rate, is…

Wearing well

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

Born in the same year as John Lennon (1940), I was a sucker for the Beatles from the start. They…

The joy of Spotify

10 December 2011 12:00 pm

Like a few who have ploughed through the Steve Jobs biography, I am now heartily tired of early adopters, those…