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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A statue of Jane Austen's romantic hero Mr Darcy in The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park to celebrate the launch of UKTV's new free channel 'Drama'

Like Joan Littlewood at Stratford, there should be more statues of cultural greats to inspire us

Plus: Daniel Barenboim creates a lions' den for the first violin at the Proms

Leave lasers to others, but the Albert Hall Proms could enhance the show

Bristol leads the way in challenging the tradition of classical concerts

That's a right royal mess the Royal Ballet has got itself into

What on earth is going on at Britain's premier dance company?

All 16 of Damien Hirst's limited edition Diamond Dust “Psalms” series hang in the restaurant

At 45 Park Lane the menu includes Damien Hirst's Diamond Dust

A literally dazzling exhibition of neon installations by the talented British duo Chris Bracey and Christian Furr is upstairs. Downstairs is an array of paintings by Damien Hirst. That might all be expected at an art gallery. But the neon exhibition and Hirst paintings are at a London Hotel, 45 Park Lane, the sister establishment to the Dorchester just opposite.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller

It's time Culture Secretary Maria Miller did some real work in the arts

Plus: Arts grandees like Nicholas Hytner and Jude Kelly should fall out more often; and there's no time or space for the Tardis in Rory Kinnear's life

John Profumo and Christine Keeler

'Don't cry for me, Christine Keeler...' is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest the new Evita?

Plus: There's Rhinegold in them there Cotswold hills and Exile on Main Street for someone in the Sky newsroom

Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever

Angela Gheorghiu is  everyone’s idea of the  superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with electric stage presence, who also happens to be beautiful, full of star quality and something of a diva to boot.

The Rolling Stones will be dropping off at Worthy Farm on their 50 and Counting anniversary jaunt

Our elder rockers have outgrown our descriptions

Plus: Opera in English? Sorry, I'll need that in writing and some frankly filthy language at the Globe this summer

Forget nudity and swearing. A real shock would be for the art world to engage with the right

Plus The honour is all his in the Panter household and Private Lives' Toby Stephens picks a very public fight with Joan Collins

If looks can sell classical music to the young, why make a noise?

Plus: Lord Rogers makes an exhibition of himself; Sky could benefit from some history revision

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