Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo had a prestigious career in the Conservative Party as an MP and Cabinet Minister. Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting; a stalwart participant in This Week, he also presents Dinner with Portillo on BBC 4.
Jewry in Music
Michael Portillo discussed David Conway’s new book Jewry in Music with the author, accompanied by live musical illustrations by Mark Viner (piano) and Claudia Conway (soprano). At the start of the 19th century virtually no Jews were active in the field of concert music and the consensus was that they were a hopelessly uncultured and uneducable people. But by the end of the century, the conventional wisdom was that the Jews were ‘a musical people’, and Jews occupied leading positi...