Music

Consummately psychotic: Mark E. Smith of The Fall

If the idea of disturbing kraut-punk sung by a troll appeals, you'll love The Fall

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I had a fair idea of what I was in for when I went to see The Fall at Brixton’s…

My desert island poet

31 May 2014 9:00 am

If I had to be marooned on a desert island with a stranger, that stranger would be John Burnside. Not…

Constant Lambert at the piano

The wit, wisdom and womanising of Constant Lambert

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Philip Hensher on the tragically short life of the ebullient and multi-talented musician, Constant Lambert

Tim Rice’s diary: From Eternity to here

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Last October, in these very pages, I wrote with what is now annoying prescience, ‘Like almost everyone else in the…

The church of self-worship: Sunday morning with the atheists

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Sunday morning among the atheists

A girl, a train and a miniature pistol: how I met the Everly Brothers

11 January 2014 9:00 am

I had five decades of delight with the Everly Brothers – and it all began on the Flying Scotsman

Shostakovich, Leningrad, and the greatest story ever played

11 January 2014 9:00 am

The horrors of the Leningrad siege — the 900 Days of Harrison Salisbury’s classic — have been pretty well picked…

The food of love

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The Albek Duo are two astonishingly beautiful and talented Venetian musicians, Fiona and Ambra, who are identical twins. Hearing the…

Did Leonard Bernstein do too much to be a great artist?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Nigel Simeone’s title for his edition of Leonard Bernstein’s correspondence rings compellingly, novellistically, through the force of the definite article,…

'If I can barely speak, then I shall surely sing'

26 October 2013 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, I was wandering with a friend around West London when our conversation turned to the reliable…

Roger Scruton’s diary: Finding Scrutopia in the Czech Republic

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hay-making was easy this year, and over in good time for a holiday. I am opposed to holidays, having worked…

James Rhodes’s diary: Trying to catch out Stephen Fry, and the scandal of music education

8 June 2013 9:00 am

This was the best kind of week. It started with a three-hour road trip with my manager/surrogate father/shrink/bodyguard to Monmouth…

Drummers are living life to the full. That’s why I hate them so much

11 May 2013 9:00 am

My copy of the Times on Tuesday this week kindly provided me with a list of things to do in…

Niall Ferguson's enemies can't accuse him of racism, so they hope the homophobe charge will work its poison.

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Is it homophobic to argue that it’s mainly gay men who keep the flame of popular culture alive? If so,…

Why do amateur performers still flourish?

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Chesterfield is a medium-sized town just off the M1, near what were once the coalfields of north-eastern Derbyshire. Not without…

Gary Kemp on David Bowie, Margaret Thatcher, and joining the establishment

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp still thinks of himself as an aspirational kid – but don’t call him a Thatcherite

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.…