A Foreign Affair: David Bowie in Berlin

Haunted by Isherwood's shade, the British musician flirted with fascism, then became a hero to the youth of the communist East

Serious Music for Serious Times

There is an extraordinary fit between Japanese musical tastes and German Lieder

Raising the Tone

The Triumph of Music by Tim Blanning

Waltz the Weight Away

British politicians anxious to combat juvenile obesity should learn from China, and rediscover an old dance

Suffer the Children

Young people can be inspirational in the audience, problematic on stage

The Subtle Subversive

Unlike rock's phoney rebelliousness, classical music still has the power to challenge entrenched ideas

The Depth of English Music

Radio stations and record companies are finally giving our native composers some exposure - now it's up to us to listen

What Do We Mean by ‘Art’?

Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the 'I' in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself

There’s no Place Like Home for a Singer

Intimacy, authenticity and domescity combine to make for a great performance

Musical Theatre Is A Matter Of Taste

Slick and professional popular productions have many merits, but the gap between Les Mis and opera is very wide

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"