Music and Modernity

"The prophets of Marxist-inspired modernism are in retreat right across the board. They are perplexed at how the world has gone. Their view has not prevailed, even in modern music. Everything, including our understanding of recent history, is up for grabs."

Close Your Eyes and Listen

No Music Day gives us an opportunity to stop and think

Musical Metternichs

At the Grafenegg outdoor music festival, funded by the Metternich family, on its third anniversary

Russians Hit a Wrong Note

Soviet musicians had no freedom but great prestige. Now the danger is corruption and greed

Lift Up Your Hearts and Sing

Choirs have sprung up everywhere as we begin to understand the healing power of the voice

Judging Jacko

‘Michael Jackson was a study in shame. He was ashamed of being black, ashamed of being gay’

The Creatures of Papa Haydn

Long overshadowed by his pupil Mozart, the real father of Viennese classicism should be heard again

Fun in the Sun

‘Have you, like me, secretly felt in certain locales that you have been parachuted behind enemy lines?’

The Apostle of Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten's festival proves that in music small is beautiful

Hard to Swallow

When thinking about my voice, I'm more comfortable with metaphor than physiology

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"