David Lister

A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy

Guillaume Tell's gang-rape scene caused uproar at the Royal Opera House – but the portrayal of extreme sex and violence on stage is nothing new

Last year's "Titus Andronicus" at the Globe has spectators fainting in droves

The Who’s Pete Townshend is right to condemn the ‘classical elite’

Compilers  of the classical charts are snobbish to veto Townshend’s symphonic Quadrophenia

Helen Mirren won her first Tony Award for The Audience

Helen Mirren triumphs but does showbusiness really suck?

It’s good to hear an alternative view of acting from Brian Cox

Sir Christopher Lee 1922 - 2015

Christopher Lee: Goodnight to cinema's prince of darkness

His death at the age of 93 robs British cinema of one of its most enduring stars

The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in April. The classical musical festival is one of the BBC’s most cherished institutions

The Proms must be dragged into the 21st century

The new chief should introduce screens and conductor chat

Paul McCartney performs at the O2 Arena

Paul McCartney, 02 Arena, review: Three hour show leaves audience on emotional high

The highlights are the surprises, those unexpected songs whose deceptive simplicity and infectious happiness immediately evoke an era

Catherine Deneuve has a lesson for Bowie and Dylan on stardom

Celebrities need to retain their mystique and keep off social media

Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti is right to say children should have classical music forced on them

They have to learn about maths and literature, so why not music?

Carey Mulligan and

Marcus Mumford, Carey Mulligan and some revealing lyrics

Is it wrong to apply the lyrics in the band’s new album to a famous film star?

Young music fans can like Paul Simon too

Was Radio 1’s Clara Amfo too dismissive of a great star?

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