SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Arts
January 20, 2022
Lucien de Guise
Lucien de Guise looks at the fifth ‘c’ that’s missing from museum jewellery exhibitions
December 26, 2021
Melissa Brady-Dant
Melissa Brady-Dant is mesmerised by Ralph Fiennes’ innovative adaptation of TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’
December 26, 2021
Michael White
Michael White reports on the premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio and the annual Britten festival in Suffolk
December 06, 2021
Lucien de Guise
Lucien de Guise reviews Peru: a journey in time at the British Museum
December 03, 2021
Michael White
It sometimes seems like Poland has its own, peculiarly national, hotline to God. Why this should be, beyond the fact that it produces the occasional pope, is more a question for historians than music critics. But the Poles are undeniably and overwhelmingly devout, and it’s reflected in their music, which leans heavily these days toward
November 12, 2021
Lucien de Guise
Lucien de Guise reflects on the devotional treasures that have become art pure and simple at Frieze Masters
October 22, 2021
Michael White
Concerts are finally back after 18 months, with those institutions that took creative risks during the pandemic continuing to shine
October 22, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Hilary Mantel’s decision to ignore the central role religion played in Tudor life turns her books into 21st-century fantasy
October 14, 2021
Melanie McDonagh
The acclaimed English composer Will Todd is a self-described ‘ambassador for liturgy’ whose passion for sacred music informs his life and work, he tells Melanie McDonagh
October 14, 2021
Jonathan Gaisman
Of the first-rank composers within the generally accepted pantheon, three took holy orders in the Roman Catholic Church: Monteverdi, Vivaldi and – more incongruously perhaps – Franz Liszt, the 210th anniversary of whose birth falls this October. Celebrated as a young man for his brilliant technique and showmanship at piano recitals (a form of concert
October 13, 2021
Adam Dant
Adam Dant on the EU's art collection
October 07, 2021
Archie Hill
You might think poets make natural martyrs. Passionate, idealistic, enraptured by visions of artistic immortality; throughout history, barricades and prisons have been crammed full of poetic talent. But the best poets are, by necessity, listeners and observers, detached from the action where martyrs are found. When they strive for heroic death, more often than not
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