Michael Henderson

Melk abbey watches over the Danube like a maiden aunt

My Schubert cruise was a transport of delight

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Michael Henderson is transported to raptures on a Schubert cruise

British Open winner, Rory Mcllroy Photo: AFP/Getty

Alastair Cook is world class. Steven Gerrard isn’t

26 July 2014 9:00 am

This time last year, England’s cricketers were 2-0 up against Australia, two thirds of the way towards their third consecutive…

A literary city: Prague

The glorious bohemia of Prague

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Prague, ‘Golden Prague’, is rich in music, architecture, glassware, pilsner and natural beauty. It is one of those places where…


Why Ken Loach hasn’t made a decent film since Kes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

He hasn’t made anything worth watching since Kes

New man at Glyndebourne: Robin Ticciati

Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Glyndebourne is a festival where the established and the fresh exist together’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Michael Henderson talks to Glyndebourne’s fresh-faced new music director, Robin Ticciati


Notes on... Venice

8 March 2014 9:00 am

For Henry James it was ‘the repository of consolations’. Wordsworth, an earlier visitor, called it ‘the eldest child of liberty’.…

Stuart Skelton in the acclaimed ENO production of ‘Peter Grimes’

What now for ENO?

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Michael Henderson wonders what direction English National Opera will now take

The British Academy Film Awards - Heads On Sticks

And the prize for most fatuous awards ceremony goes to...

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Awards ceremonies grow ever sillier and more self-important


Goodbye, Claudio Abbado. You helped us glimpse eternity

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Fellini’s credo ‘the visionary is the only true realist’ could also be applied to the life of Claudio Abbado, who…

New Year’s Day at the Musikverein

Music in Vienna

14 December 2013 9:00 am

There is no finer city in which to hear music than Vienna. Or, to put it more felicitously, there is…

‘The Nativity’, 1470–1485, by Piero della Francesca

The splendour of the English carol

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Michael Henderson on the splendour of carols


Don't flog a dead parrot - leave Monty Python in the past

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Monty Python was funny once. But a revival is a dreadful idea


Berlin: The best bar in the world

16 November 2013 9:00 am

‘You were at the Fish, I hear,’ a Berlin friend told me. ‘I didn’t know you were an old hippie.’…

Festival di Sanremo 2013 - Closing Night

'I was an arrogant 18-year-old': Daniel Harding on growing up

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Michael Henderson talks to the youthful conductor Daniel Harding, who realises that the older he gets the more he has to learn


The Morrissey myth

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The sad end of the Morrissey myth


Blitz Requiem première in St Paul’s

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Of all folk memories the Blitz remains one of the most enduring. In the autumn of 1940 the Luftwaffe strafed…

England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

Has Test Match Special lost its wits?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Test Match Special is the sound of the English summer. Why are we letting it be vulgarised?


Interview with the musician Paul Lewis

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Michael Henderson meets the musician Paul Lewis


The Hagen Quartet: Bracing Beethoven

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Established 32 years ago in Salzburg, the Hagen Quartet can fairly be described as venerable. It may be said equally…

Parsifal at Salzburg Easter Festival

6 April 2013 9:00 am

To hear Christian Thielemann conduct the Dresden Staatskapelle in Wagner’s ‘stage consecration play’, in Salzburg at Easter, proved a musical…

Short cut to stardom: Tom Courtenay in 1961

Tom Courtenay vs fame

19 January 2013 9:00 am

The acclaimed actor on Hull, Hollywood, regrets, and accepting a knighthood

Stephen Layton (extreme left) and the choir of Trinity College Cambridge

Chorus of approval

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Is there anything more essential to one’s well-being than the sound of an English choir at evensong? Is there, for…

Bryan Ferry performing at the Royal Albert Hall, 1972

In praise of Bryan Ferry

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Not all youthful obsessions age well. This one has

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates w

What Federer isn’t

14 July 2012 6:00 am

There is no such thing as a sporting genius


Notes from Salzburg

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Gratefully we cast our bread upon the blue-green waters of the Salzach to give thanks to this festival city. Across…