I travelled to Beirut in June on the trail of the opera scene and ended up uncovering lies, art and the lasting damage inflicted by war. Here I talk about why opera tells us a lot about the Middle East today. You can read the full article here http://www.spearswms.com/good-life/travel/49097/on-the-trail-ofopera-in-beirut-amid-wars-and-lies-and-what-it-tells-us-about-the-middle-east-today.thtml
In this week’s Monday Minute, I talk about a visit to Lord Ashcroft’s Victoria Cross gallery at the Imperial War Museum and why donors pick the causes they do.
This video was inspired by our article about domestic violence among the wealthy, in the new issue of Spear’s.
Turns out that when private school fees increase at ten times the rate of wages, social mobility grinds to a halt. This is me on why education needs to become less expensive, with reference to a £10,000 gap yah trip to Venice.
I’d spent quite a lot of the previous week in the Royal Albert Hall watching Daniel Barenboim conduct the Berlin Staatskapelle in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so I had Valhalla on the brain. The same week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son was born, so I wanted to see if there were any lessons about … More Josh Spero’s Monday Minute: The Royal baby and Wagner
In my capacity as editor of Spear’s, I’ve started making a weekly video called the Monday Minute (although it’s rarely a minute); this was my first, where I talk about what Britain can learn from arts philanthropy in America.
Last Sunday I reviewed the papers on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House with the legendary, irascible Ann Leslie, a journalist I’ve admired for many years, and Richard Madeley, who has luxuriant hair. I managed to mispronounce the word ‘gasket’ as we talked about Theresa May’s diabetes, the Spanish train crash and Daniel Barenboim at the … More Mispronouncing words on Broadcasting House