German-born composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Leonard Bernstein was a great talker about music. In these pages, conductor Marin Alsop told of how, at the age of nine and already a seasoned concert(...)

Stephen Johnson: award-winning BBC broadcaster.

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A man reacts yesterday at a site hit by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The longer chemical weapons inspectors wait in a Damascus luxury hotel for permission to drive up the road to the site of what appears to be the worst(...)