Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

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…

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…

Is Britain hardening its heart against Muslims?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

The headlines give British Muslims good reason to worry

Revealed: The Pope's war with the Vatican

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Francis really is determined to reform his church: but his targets are not the ones that liberals might expect

‘Ashtray’ Annie Fischer was a piano giant. Why didn’t more people realise this?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

This year marks the centenary of a pianist whom London orchestral players nicknamed ‘Ashtray Annie’. Only at the keyboard did…

‘Ashtray Annie’

21 August 2014 1:00 pm

This year marks the centenary of a pianist whom London orchestral players nicknamed ‘Ashtray Annie’. Only at the keyboard did…

‘Ashtray Annie’

21 August 2014 1:00 pm

This year marks the centenary of a pianist whom London orchestral players nicknamed ‘Ashtray Annie’. Only at the keyboard did…

Is Handel’s Messiah anti-Semitic?

19 July 2014 9:00 am

The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel’s Messiah.…

Handling Handel

17 July 2014 1:00 pm

The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel’s Messiah.…

Handling Handel

17 July 2014 1:00 pm

The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel’s Messiah.…

Religion is the new politics — but Britain's secular politicians just don't get it

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The West’s politicians generally aren’t interested in religion. Increasingly, that means they don’t understand the world

I think I've found the new Alfred Brendel

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Can you tell how intelligent a musician is by listening to him play? Last year I discovered a recording of…

Inspired messiness

19 June 2014 1:00 pm

Can you tell how intelligent a musician is by listening to him play? Last year I discovered a recording of…

Inspired messiness

19 June 2014 1:00 pm

Can you tell how intelligent a musician is by listening to him play? Last year I discovered a recording of…

I could be dead soon. What should I listen to?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

If I live as long as my father, I’ll be checking out on 9 December 2017. Since every man in…

Running out of time

22 May 2014 1:00 pm

If I live as long as my father, I’ll be checking out on 9 December 2017. Since every man in…

Running out of time

22 May 2014 1:00 pm

If I live as long as my father, I’ll be checking out on 9 December 2017. Since every man in…

In the mood for Parsifal, my Passiontide fare

19 April 2014 9:00 am

This week, I have been mostly listening to Parsifal. Not the St Matthew Passion, which is my usual Passiontide fare.…

Power of ritual

16 April 2014 1:00 pm

This week, I have been mostly listening to Parsifal. Not the St Matthew Passion, which is my usual Passiontide fare.…

Power of ritual

16 April 2014 1:00 pm

This week, I have been mostly listening to Parsifal. Not the St Matthew Passion, which is my usual Passiontide fare.…

Menuhin is the world’s toughest violin competition. Why is it packed with Asians, and no Brits?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

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

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…

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…