Plus a surpise encore of the fourth of Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos.
Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra's rendition of all five Prokofiev piano concertos in one programme has divided critics: is it a gimmick, or a masterstroke?
Does culture exist in a vacuum? This “love letter to creative thievery” would suggest not.
Though they are rarely operational these days, lighthouses remain culturally powerful and maintain a strong hold on the imagination.
Jukebox shows are beginning to dominate the West End.
The real revelation of the evening was the BBC National Chorus of Wales - it's a shame we won't be hearing from them again this season.
An image of elitism still hovers around classical music - but the Proms have a democratic history that ought to be celebrated.
It occurred to me that the only possible summation would be a paraphrase of Dr Johnson’s infamous remarks about female preachers, which is to say, I was amazed not so much by the Who playing well, as that they were capable of playing at all.
Why when one creative claims to turn his glass into an oak tree, we accept it as a heart-breaking reaction to loss, and when another does the same, it's confusingly pointless?
Truly independent expertise can never be swayed. Numbers, on the other hand, can be manipulated reasonably easily.
The Smiths guitarist and perennial Tory-botherer has tweeted his disapproval.
I performed twice at Glastonbury, crippled by stage fright, poor sound, chilly weather and an overwhelming desire to be anywhere else. Luckily, you can now join in via the telly.
Damon Albarn's wonder.land and Tree of Codes, with music by Jamie xx, open this year's festival.
The Rihanna video is a prime exhibit in what J G Ballard called modern society’s Atrocity Exhibition.
The new documentary What’s Happened, Miss Simone makes an interesting point about the power of women singers using swear words.
The last time I looked, a heavy black leather collar covered in D rings is not what supposedly goes with a bikini this year.
Spoiler alert: the sexualised torture of a rich white woman is still sexualised violence against women.
This film laments the way Winehouse's life was intruded upon while relying on the same methods to create drama.
Segregated Mardi Gras in Alabama tells us a lot about life in the South.
In the first episode of the NS's new pop culture podcast, we discuss Grey by E L James, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, and why One Direction is actually the saddest music you will ever hear.
Pop's woman of the moment forms a friendship with fans through her honest lyrics and disarming stage presence.
J K Rowling announced on Twitter this morning that she will co-write a new Harry Potter stage play.
It was not just a huge body of songs that emerged but a whole musical style that was markedly non-European.
“Alcoholism is a self-inflicted leisure injury. . . I refuse to portray myself as this helpless victim. I sound like some anxiety-ridden heroine in an Oscar Wilde play but I couldn’t deal with life.”
Best known for co-writing “My Heart Will Go On”, Horner wrote innovative and popular scores for a whole host of Hollywood films.
The artist sent an open letter to Apple Music, arguing that artists should be paid during the service's trial period.
McGowan's performance demonstrates the combination of eccentricity and intimidation that allowed Savile first to lure his victims and then to disguise his abuse of them.
Accounts of The Jam, the Grateful Dead, Alice Cooper and Belle and Sebastian come from the back.
In his memoir Instrumental, it feels at times as though Rhodes is daring you to dismiss him, to find his story trivial or inferior.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, or The Abduction from the Seraglio, hits the spot when staged at Glyndebourne.