BBC Radio 4 - Start the Week - Monday 13th June

On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks at the career of Britain's most famous landscape painter, JMW Turner.

Born as the Royal Academy was founded and the French Revolution erupted, his biographer Franny Moyle shows how his work pushed the boundaries at a time of great flux throughout Europe. Politics and art also combine in the discussion of two of the most controversial names in culture: Wagner and Mussolini. The English National Opera, which faces serious financial pressures, has announced that the next Artistic Director will be Daniel Kramer. He directs a new production of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. Roger Scruton celebrates the mastery of Wagner's Ring Cycle to express truths about the human condition, while Jonathan Meades ponders the nature of fascism and the influence of the Futurists in the architecture of Mussolini.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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2017 Events

30 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Simon Blackburn

3 April - 'The Achievements of Roger Scruton' James Madison Programme, Princeton University

4 April - US publication of Confessions of a Heretic

5 April - Collegium Insitution Luncheon Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania

6 April - 'Virtue & The Arts- The Wheatley Institute, Utah

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

17 May - 'Literature Matters' Bloomsbury Institute panel discussion

18 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Anthony O'Hear

22-28 May - Paris

1-3 June - Brain Bar Festival, Budapest

8 June - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Robert Grant

6 July - Graduation Talk, Kings School, Chester

30 July - 8 Aug - Scrutopia Summer School

27 Mar - Oxford Literary Festival

18 Apr - 'Crisis of Liberty in the West' The Legatum Institute

19 Apr - 'Freedom of Speech' The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor

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