Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

The Menuhin test

20 March 2014 3:00 pm

‘The truth is,’ says Gordon Back, lowering his voice, ‘that if the violin finalists from the BBC Young Musician of…

Are hymns dying? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I love a good hymn, so long as I’m not expected to sing it. Lusty declarations of faith sound ridiculous…

Sacred songs

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

I love a good hymn, so long as I’m not expected to sing it. Lusty declarations of faith sound ridiculous…

Sacred songs

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

I love a good hymn, so long as I’m not expected to sing it. Lusty declarations of faith sound ridiculous…

I know how to cure my music addiction

18 January 2014 9:00 am

About 30 years ago, not long before he died, my father bought an LP of Sir Clifford Curzon playing Schubert’s…

Collecting compulsion

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

About 30 years ago, not long before he died, my father bought an LP of Sir Clifford Curzon playing Schubert’s…

Collecting compulsion

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

About 30 years ago, not long before he died, my father bought an LP of Sir Clifford Curzon playing Schubert’s…

Music to listen to when you've broken up with a precious friend

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata is thrilling and brain-twisting. Its nickname derives from the fact that it was published as a sonata…

Damian Thompson: I may be in danger of becoming an opera queen

26 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s taken 40 years, but I’ve finally developed a taste for the one type of classical music that I couldn’t…

Music at Mass is theological warfare by other means

28 September 2013 9:00 am

How many battles have been fought over sacred music throughout history? The noise you make when you worship is a…

A world-class orchestra in the heart of São Paulo’s Crackland

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Damian Thompson visits Brazil to hear Marin Alsop whip São Paulo’s orchestra into shape

Why has nobody heard of the miraculous Czech composer Zelenka?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

When I was in my late twenties I discovered the joy of drinking alone. Well, perhaps ‘joy’ is putting it…

God Squad

The new God squad: what Archbishop Welby and Pope Francis have in common

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Evangelicals have taken charge in the Vatican and Lambeth Palace