Music And The Quest To Rediscover The Sacred

Despite the retreat from faith, many modern composers are inspired by true spirituality

Echoes Of The Elusive English

The essays of Ferdinand Mount offer a conflicted but compelling account of national identity

In Today’s Turbulent World We Need Berlin’s Children

Isaiah Berlin’s intellectual heirs are vital voices in an era that challenges liberal assumptions

The Tragic Disgracing Of A Good German

All Edgar Speyer’s good works could not save him amid the hysteria of the First World War

Raymond Radiguet: Mad About The Boy

Cocteau’s poetic protégé was a louche literary wunderkind the world lost too soon

The Prophet Isaiah In His Letters

Berlin’s vast correspondence is a true monument to European, Jewish and liberal civilisation

Reader, I Married Him

"English writers have fallen out of love with marriage, and I shared their scepticism — until now."

Iris Murdoch, The Virtuoso Of Virtue

The letters of the great writer reveal affairs with both sexes but also an intense intellectual and spiritual life

The Symphony: A Moral Vision Revealed In Music

Beethoven set the bar impossibly high but composers like myself still regard it as the ultimate challenge

How Olympian Was Renaissance Man?

Leonardo is seen as the presiding genius of his age, but his drawings reveal a reassuringly human artist

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"