Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

John Eliot Gardiner

30 April 2015 1:00 pm

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is talented almost beyond measure. His Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and stupidly named Orchestre Révolutionnaire…

Why Daniel Barenboim should be the next head of the Berlin Phil

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Daniel Barenboim is back in town: the South Bank is mounting a ‘Barenboim Project 2015’ in which he’s playing the…

The legend returns

16 April 2015 1:00 pm

Daniel Barenboim is back in town: the South Bank is mounting a ‘Barenboim Project 2015’ in which he’s playing the…

The legend returns

16 April 2015 1:00 pm

Daniel Barenboim is back in town: the South Bank is mounting a ‘Barenboim Project 2015’ in which he’s playing the…

Maria Callas recording an album for EMI at the Salle Wagram, Paris, in 1963. Photo: Robert Doisneau

The audio anoraks bringing the great vintage recordings back to life

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Damian Thompson on the audio anoraks rescuing some of the greatest recordings ever made

Classical music's greatest political butt-kissers: Dudamel, Gergiev and Rattle

14 February 2015 9:00 am

On 8 March 2013, Gustavo Dudamel stood by the coffin of the Marxist autocrat Hugo Chavez and conducted the Simon…

Dudamel’s dilemma

12 February 2015 3:00 pm

On 8 March 2013, Gustavo Dudamel stood by the coffin of the Marxist autocrat Hugo Chavez and conducted the Simon…

Dudamel’s dilemma

12 February 2015 3:00 pm

On 8 March 2013, Gustavo Dudamel stood by the coffin of the Marxist autocrat Hugo Chavez and conducted the Simon…

The march of the new political correctness

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Twenty-first century political correctness isn’t benign: it’s creepy and all too keen on witch-hunts

Confessions of an illegal downloader

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I’ve never been into shoplifting, though I once had a friend who was. And, no, before you ask, I’m not…

Stolen pleasures

22 January 2015 3:00 pm

I’ve never been into shoplifting, though I once had a friend who was. And, no, before you ask, I’m not…

Stolen pleasures

22 January 2015 3:00 pm

I’ve never been into shoplifting, though I once had a friend who was. And, no, before you ask, I’m not…

This ex-priest’s history of the gospels could unsettle the most faithful churchgoer

13 December 2014 9:00 am

When James Carroll was a boy, lying on the floor watching television, he would glance up at his mother and…

The serried ranks of an El Sistema youth orchestra in Caracas, 2012 — a ‘miracle’ that’s turned very sour

Sex, lies and El Sistema

6 December 2014 9:00 am

An explosive new book uncovers abuse at the heart of one of classical music’s most revered institutions. Damian Thompson investigates

Is this 65-year-old British pianist the next big thing in classical music?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Earlier this month the Wigmore Hall was sold out for a Schubert recital by a concert pianist whose only solo…

Second coming

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

Earlier this month the Wigmore Hall was sold out for a Schubert recital by a concert pianist whose only solo…

Second coming

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

Earlier this month the Wigmore Hall was sold out for a Schubert recital by a concert pianist whose only solo…

The erotic Mary, left, by Gregor Erhart (c.1515–20) and the penitent Mary, right, by El Greco (c.1577)

No one in the Bible has been as elaborately misrepresented as Mary Magdalene

22 November 2014 9:00 am

A bogus history book and a new oratorio turn Mary Magdalene into the wife of Jesus and a human rights activist. Damian Thompson feels sorry for the poor woman

Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Uncertainty over how much reform Pope Francis wants is splitting his church into factions

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Would musical history have turned out differently if Alexander Glazunov hadn’t been smashed out of his wits when he conducted…

What iff?

16 October 2014 2:00 pm

Would musical history have turned out differently if Alexander Glazunov hadn’t been smashed out of his wits when he conducted…

What iff?

16 October 2014 2:00 pm

Would musical history have turned out differently if Alexander Glazunov hadn’t been smashed out of his wits when he conducted…

My Schubert marathon

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Just how much fun is it listening to all 650 of Schubert’s songs, asks Damian Thompson

Wedding music lives or dies at the hands of the organist

20 September 2014 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I was at the perfect wedding. My young friend Will Heaven, a comment editor at the…

Bach triumphant

18 September 2014 1:00 pm

A few weeks ago I was at the perfect wedding. My young friend Will Heaven, a comment editor at the…