Michael White

On the eve of his 60th birthday, Sir James MacMillan is one of the world’s most acclaimed composers. But not even he could inspire a parish music revival

A controversial biologist thinks so, says Michael White. But I’m not convinced

The ENO’s production of Akhnaten is a ritual, reflective, near-liturgical experience

A review of the new Royal Opera production of Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová

Bent with age now, he still sweeps the air with long arms like a man waving a flag

Several private houses host concerts to rival the greater venues

There is a terrible dearth of music education in Britain’s schools, so it’s wonderful to see some young people still interested in classical music