Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.
120 years since the first Prom concert, we travel back to a troubled year of musical innovation.
The American composer wins over a sceptical NS critic.
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?
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.
The host of BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz is stepping down after nine years to go into politics. Caroline Crampton was there at her last recording.
News that the Scottish government could withhold money from QEII has been exaggerated, but there is a political point to the SNP defining itself against the monarchy.
Best known for co-writing “My Heart Will Go On”, Horner wrote innovative and popular scores for a whole host of Hollywood films.
Margate’s seafront theme park is reopening to the public after years of legal battles, arson and dereliction. Caroline Crampton looks back on a fascinating, troubled history of darkness and fun.
Twenty years ago, Labour won a landslide on a tide of optimism. Where did it all go wrong?
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