Nearly 10 things that have sort-of already changed at classical music concerts

I was intrigued (by which I actually mean, suprised) by conductor Baldur Brönnimann’s blog post 10 Things We Should Change At Classical Music Concerts. In it he points to a number of things he thinks need to change in order to make people feel more welcome in the concert hall. Such link-bait demands a response – isn’t that what listicles like this are designed for? Read more →

Music for the final curtain

Before I cark it (or before I lose all cognitive function) I’ll insist on a notepad and pen. I’ll need some time alone. Just me, the beeping machine and a nurse fussing in the corridor, wanting to come in and check on my vitals. I’ll note down the absolute requirements: simplicity, poise and lilies. I’ll double-underline the no-nos: ostentatious fittings; recorded music; and no self-indulgent wailing. And whilst we’re on the subject, no Comic Sans in the order of service either. Read more →

So that’s what all the fuss is about

Terfel and Thompson are coming to ENO next year for a short run of the show at the London Coliseum. I’d previously decided on giving their stint a wide-ish berth when I discovered how high the ticket prices were. Sure there were some cheaper tickets at £10 and £25, but they were in the upper circle. Decent views saw tickets priced at £67 and up. I’m happy to fork-out for a fully-staged performance, but not semi-staged. I want more for my money. This view isn’t reflected in actual sales. Near capacity audiences now, even in those £155 seats. Read more →