contemporary music

Composers should be incensed that their music is taking a back seat to their race or gender

9 April 2018 13:35

The slow but certain conquest of all public life by those promulgating the politics of identity has achieved a new…

Wholly gripping: Glyndebourne on Tour’s Hamlet reviewed

20 November 2017 16:57

Hamlet Theatre Royal, Norwich, and touring until 1 December I had mixed feelings about Brett Dean’s Hamlet as I went…

Coffee, mist and brilliance: Sky Atlantic’s new series of Twin Peaks reviewed

22 May 2017 10:41

So much coffee. Just like in the original, the characters in the new series of Twin Peaks get through so…

How does Karl Jenkins get away with his crappy music?

4 July 2016 11:16

In a week that saw the UK vote itself out of the EU, the resignation of David Cameron followed by…

Could a piece with no singing be the future of opera?

18 February 2016 17:28

Nowhere are human beings so magnificently self-assertive as in opera.  Everything about operatic characters is outsize; their bodies, their flowing…