Feathered friends

22 February 2007 10:20 am

The Parrot in Art? Unraise your eyebrows: parrots have featured in Western European art for 500 years, depicted by Dürer,…

The importance of being British

22 February 2007 10:19 am

Sheridan Morley died suddenly last weekend. He was The Spectator’s theatre critic from 1990 to 2001. His knowledge of both…

Dynastic dissonance

22 February 2007 10:11 am

The RSC’s Complete Works festival continues to produce wondrous juxtapositions. In the Courtyard Theatre Michael Boyd has rounded off his…

Marriage of minds

22 February 2007 9:51 am

‘Made in Heaven’: the contrasts and complements linking Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky in two-way reciprocality form a felicitous marriage of true…

Act of sabotage

22 February 2007 9:33 am

Exactly 400 years ago, 24 February 1607, the first great opera received its première in Mantua. It’s a crucial date…

Comfort station

22 February 2007 8:52 am

Sometimes when listening to Radio Four you can have the odd experience of spiralling downwards into your very own time…

Morpheus descending

22 February 2007 8:51 am

Insomnia is a self-fulfilling prophecy. When, for example, I made up my mind that I was going to review the…

Middlesbrough’s lofty ambitions

15 February 2007 10:01 am

No expense has been spared at Mima. But is a new gallery necessary, asks Laura Gascoigne

Unfamiliar connection

15 February 2007 9:57 am

It was a dark and stormy night when I got to Liverpool and, on my way to the Tate at…

Test of stamina

15 February 2007 9:54 am

William Hogarth (1697–1764) was a rambunctious figure, controversial and quarrelsome by nature, but the first British artist to achieve worldwide…

Patience rewarded

15 February 2007 8:59 am

Agrippina is widely agreed among Handelians to be his first major opera. Constituted, to a large extent, of arias from…

The third way

15 February 2007 8:52 am

By the time you read this, the new Radio Three schedule will be up and running — more jazz, more…

‘Time is eating away at one’s life’

8 February 2007 9:23 am

Andrew Lambirth talks to the artist Maggi Hambling about drawing, the sea and her terrier

Poetry and music

8 February 2007 9:21 am

The great lyric poets of the English language wrote — and, I hope, are still writing — words which have…

Follow your muse

8 February 2007 8:31 am

How pleasant it has been to hear songs from the new Norah Jones album on the radio these past few…

Double riches

8 February 2007 8:29 am

I had the unusual opportunity of seeing two productions of Il Trovatore in one day last week, the circumstances of…

Tales from Trinity

8 February 2007 8:27 am

It seems that the fuss which surrounded the appointment of Stephen Layton as organist and choirmaster of Trinity College, Cambridge some 15 months ago has not gone away.

The case for Guest

8 February 2007 8:24 am

As far as I can tell, Christopher Guest’s latest film, For Your Consideration, pretty much bombed in America, which must…

‘Culture’s still a low priority’

31 January 2007 7:52 pm

Mark Glazebrook talks to the director of Tate about its collection, its future and its funding

Charming the aristocracy

31 January 2007 7:47 pm

Canaletto is one of the best-loved of foreigners who visited these shores and attempted to capture the English spirit through…

Ten for the road

31 January 2007 7:45 pm

Back in November, I wrote about the sad death of my old VW Passat on the way down to Dorset.…

All-purpose affair

31 January 2007 7:15 pm

The Royal Opera’s new Carmen, which opened last month, is back with different singers in all the most important roles. …

Dench on top form

31 January 2007 7:11 pm

Notes on a Scandal is a fairly nasty book and this is a fairly nasty film — very Patricia Highsmithian…

Something for nothing

31 January 2007 7:05 pm

I caught The Antiques Roadshow (BBC1, Sunday) almost by accident the other day. It was one of those moments when…

‘Call me Larry’

25 January 2007 9:31 am

Robert Gore-Langton looks forward to a revival of The Entertainer, which opened 50 years ago