Concert Halls, Dinosaurs and Budget Air Travel

Here’s The Independent piece resulting from my mishap at the Proms the other weekend. Just because we classical music lovers are dinosaurs, that doesn’t mean we want to live in a swamp. And why going to a concert hall is too often like budget air travel…

I realise now that in the round-up of concert halls I like, I forgot to include The Sage, Gateshead, which is possibly the finest in the UK. Great hall, great location, great architecture, great atmosphere.

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens