Vaughan Williams’s genius is now beyond dispute

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s towering position in our national life is now beyond dispute – and can only grow, says Simon Heffer

The real Dick Whittington and the folklore legend

3 September 2022 9:00 am

In that dark world the air pulsed with the melancholy clangour of bells. If, as legend has it, the chimes…

A power for good: the Sharp family were a model of vision and humanitarianism

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Who would imagine that Johann Zoffany’s celebrated 1780 depiction of the extensive Sharp family happily making music on their pleasure…

Science and philanthropy meet in the Royal Society of Arts

13 June 2020 9:00 am

What does Jony Ive, the designer of Apple’s iPhone, have in common with Peter Perez Burdett, the first Englishman to…

David Koch’s ‘dark money’ was misunderstood

25 August 2019 12:37 am

Here’s a shocker: people are more complicated than the caricatures disseminated by their enemies suggest.  Witness the stupefyingly rich David…

Mark Zuckerberg should be applauded — whatever his motive

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Egyptian driver of a London minicab said almost nothing during our journey but dropped me off at my destination…

How the Ancient Greeks did wealth taxes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

After 685 tightly argued pages, the ‘superstar’ economist Thomas Piketty unfolds his master-plan for closing the gap between the rich…

Less subsidy means better music

1 March 2014 9:00 am

One of the unlooked-for side effects of the financial crisis has been what might be called the desocialising of music…