Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church: 'Why did I settle the case? Because I found out

Charlotte Church yesterday accepted £600,000 from News International to bring her phone-hacking case to a close. She tells James Cusick how her treatment at the hands of Rupert Murdoch's team alienated her friends, brought her career to a standstill – and drove her mother close to suicide

Independent classical podcast: Sophie Bevan

The "one little maid in attendance come" or, to be more precise, the delectable Yum-Yum, arrived hot-foot from rehearsals for the 25th Anniversary revival of Jonathan Miller's staging of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado in the petite blond personage of Sophie Bevan.