Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Grave goods

15 October 2016 9:00 am

There’s a folder in my computer’s external hard drive in which you’ll find 24 complete recordings of the Bach Cello…

Charles Own performing at the London Piano Festival, Kings Place. Photo: Amy T. Zielinski/Redferns

Grave goods

13 October 2016 2:00 pm

There’s a folder in my computer’s external hard drive in which you’ll find 24 complete recordings of the Bach Cello…

Charles Own performing at the London Piano Festival, Kings Place. Photo: Amy T. Zielinski/Redferns

Grave goods

13 October 2016 2:00 pm

There’s a folder in my computer’s external hard drive in which you’ll find 24 complete recordings of the Bach Cello…

Ways out of recovery

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps because so many of them are former drunks and junkies, ‘addiction experts’ are touchy people. Often they don’t like…

Mass murder

30 July 2016 9:00 am

On Tuesday morning, an 85-year-old man was forced to his knees while his throat was slit by Islamic fanatics. The…

Losing their religion

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Scriabin once suggested that the audiences for his music should be segregated according to their degree of personal enlightenment, with…

Igor Stravinsky’s body being carried through Venice to the Basilica of San Zanipolo, where, by papal dispensation, a Russian Orthodox service was held

Losing their religion

21 July 2016 1:00 pm

Scriabin once suggested that the audiences for his music should be segregated according to their degree of personal enlightenment, with…

Doing bird

11 June 2016 8:00 am

A decade ago, the French pianist and poly-math Pierre-Laurent Aimard announced that he was ‘very bored to live in a…

Doing bird

9 June 2016 1:00 pm

A decade ago, the French pianist and poly-math Pierre-Laurent Aimard announced that he was ‘very bored to live in a…

Doing bird

9 June 2016 1:00 pm

A decade ago, the French pianist and poly-math Pierre-Laurent Aimard announced that he was ‘very bored to live in a…

Our neglect of this great working-class British composer is a disgrace

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the greatest choral symphonies of the 20th century, entitled Das Siegeslied (Psalm of Victory), has been heard only…

Unsung hero

12 May 2016 1:00 pm

One of the greatest choral symphonies of the 20th century, entitled Das Siegeslied (Psalm of Victory), has been heard only…

Unsung hero

12 May 2016 1:00 pm

One of the greatest choral symphonies of the 20th century, entitled Das Siegeslied (Psalm of Victory), has been heard only…

At last – Going Clear is over here

23 April 2016 9:00 am

At last! It has taken over two years, but a British publisher has summoned up the nerve to bring out…

The beginning of the end for Pope Francis

16 April 2016 9:00 am

What the Pope didn’t just say about divorce

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson admires a Chilean film about paedophile priests which, unlike Spotlight, dares to explore social and psychological complexities

Sins of the fathers

23 March 2016 3:00 pm

A feature film about priests who abuse children is being released on 25 March. Which happens to be Good Friday.…

Does the great Bach conductor Masaaki Suzuki think his audience will burn in hell?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson talks to the great Bach conductor — and strict Calvinist — Masaaki Suzuki

God’s messenger

10 March 2016 3:00 pm

When the Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads his forces in a performance of a Bach cantata, does he worry that…

Why is the organ such hard work?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

My old Oxford college, Mansfield, isn’t a famous establishment, though its current principal, ‘Baroness Helena Kennedy’, as she incorrectly styles…

Organic chemistry

11 February 2016 3:00 pm

My old Oxford college, Mansfield, isn’t a famous establishment, though its current principal, ‘Baroness Helena Kennedy’, as she incorrectly styles…

Organic chemistry

11 February 2016 3:00 pm

My old Oxford college, Mansfield, isn’t a famous establishment, though its current principal, ‘Baroness Helena Kennedy’, as she incorrectly styles…

What’s so dangerous about this book about the Church of England?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The decline of the Church of England has been one of the most astonishing trends in modern Britain. The pews…

Was Barenboim happy hiding inside a provincial orchestra from Venezuela?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Daniel Barenboim back at the Festival Hall! Cue The Grand March of the Musical Luvvies Across Hungerford Bridge, a bustling…

Age concern

21 January 2016 3:00 pm

Daniel Barenboim back at the Festival Hall! Cue The Grand March of the Musical Luvvies Across Hungerford Bridge, a bustling…