Adrian Mourby examines the history of the operatic plot.
David Bramwell meets natural weather forecaster David King.
By Clare Wigfall. A new short story inspired by Berlin.
Peter Curran finds out why we sing to ourselves and why sometimes we cannot stop it.
Andrew Brown and Diarmaid MacCulloch consider why we burned heretics and why we stopped.
Simon Barnes on the sounds of the Suffolk coast, which inspired Britten's Peter Grimes.
The history of a traditional song that influenced Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes.
Catherine Bott and guests on the benefits of ballet music without accompanying dance.
Robert Worby explores the adventures undertaken by performers tackling John Cage's music.
Author Ian Sansom explores the meaning and mystery of invitation giving and receiving.
Amanda Root reads Elizabeth Taylor's tale of forbidden love.
Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and his depiction through the ages.
Historian Sean Street explores Philip Larkin's relationship with radio.
Keith Waithe gives Julian May a tour of his collection of 207 flutes from around the globe
Danny Karlin considers Robert Browning's Sordello: is it the best worst poem ever?
The story of Herschel Grynszpan, whose actions provided the pretext for Kristallnacht.
A mysterious discovery prompts Anna Pavord to celebrate her botanical hero William Turner.
Poet Michael Rosen visits the Aardman Studios to meet Nick Park and Wallace and Gromit.
Exploring how in Edwardian Britain Tchaikovsky became a symbol of male homosexuality.
Phil Carradice investigates a lost kingdom submerged beneath the waves of Cardigan Bay.
Suzy Klein explores the drama engendered by Toscanini's visits to the BBC SO in the 1930s.
Paul Allen examines how, despite losing the war, the Trojans have shaped Western culture.
Features complementing a series of concerts by the West-Eastern Divan orchestra
Goethe and the West-Eastern Divan homepage
Ruth Smith uncovers the surprising truth about the many meanings of Judas Maccabeus.
The most infamous lost work in 20th century music: revealed at last?
Stephen Johnson explores Elgar's Coronation Ode.
In Angela Carter's story a circus tiger shapes the destiny of the notorious Lizzie Borden.
Michael Symmons-Roberts introduces his own personal reflection on the subject of shadows.
Stephen Johnson tries to uncover the mysteries of Schumann's piano suite Carnaval.
Piers Burton-Page tells the story of Thomas Arne's lost opera L'Olimpiade.