Think of the financial crisis. What does it sound like?
That was the question the FT put to Julian Anderson, professor of composition at the Guildhall School and one of Britain’s most celebrated composers.
Hear him identify five key moments of the crisis, written out as scores and played on the piano.
On the announcement of the BBC’s ‘Sounds of 2011′ list, FT pop critics and panel judges Ludovic Hunter-Tilney and Richard Clayton look back at the year in pop, and forwards to 2011. What do polls like this say about the state of pop? And what do we want our pop music do to – soothe the soul or confront difficult issues?
They talk to deputy arts editor Neville Hawcock about their artists and bands of the year: Rumer, Warpaint, Everything Everything, Ellie Goulding, Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire – their band of 2010.
Inflation is on the rise – so how can investors protect themselves? Tax-efficient schemes for investors could be under threat by the Revenue – so should you buy them now? And what a stronger pound could mean for your holidays
Slapstick; sexual jealousy; and mistaken identity. At its best, farce can be sublime – its intricate plotting and sheer silliness combining to blissful comic effect. But should we take farce seriously, or is is mere lowbrow entertainment? What makes a good farce, and how should a director approach it?
On the opening of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 farce ‘A Flea in Her Ear’ at the Old Vic in London, Jan Dalley puts these questions to its distinguished director, Sir Richard Eyre, who was artistic director of the National Theatre for a decade, and to Sarah Hemming, the FT’s theatre critic.
Investors are being offered more control over their pensions – so what are the top tips from experts? The government has announced yet another crackdown on inheritance tax – but should you really be worried? And, we look at the latest housing trends
In this week’s podcast: Sylvia Pfeifer talks to legal director for Addleshaw Goddard, Roger Clayson about challenges operators of new nuclear reactors face in the UK; she talks to David Blair about Opec’s meeting on Saturday in Ecuador; to Jonathan Waghorn from Investec about acquisitions and mergers in the oil and gas sectors; and to Fiona Harvey in Cancun about how the climate summit is progressing.
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