Bed time

I did promise myself (and sort of promise others) that I wouldn’t pick at the scab of today’s Twitter exchange with BBC Music Magazine deputy editor Jeremy Pound. 

But, after such an eventful day (that sometimes felt it would never come to an end) it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what quickly escalated into a heated discussion featuring classical music journalism on one side and bloggers on the other side. 

It became good humoured by the evening. But even then there were moments when I felt a tiny bit sad. 

The pitiful reality is that the one thing I probably do seek from blogging about a subject I love is legitimisation from the rest of the industry. As long as I’m blogging no publication is going to take my blogging efforts seriously. 

That either means I should stop now. Or it means I should carry on regardless.

I’m opting for the latter. 

At least I know not to bother pitching to BBC Music Magazine.  

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It’s about listening, that’s all

Roxanna Panufnik, the Bach Choir, and the Royal Albert Hall (along with a host of others – geddit?) feature in a promo on the Guardian website today brought to my attention by Petroc Trelawny referring to it on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House earlier today.

The story is essentially a puff-piece designed to flag the Christmas Classics concert later this week during which a new carol by Panufnik will be premiered.

There is we learn a resurgence in carol-writing and according to Roxanna, carols are a great way to engage a new audience demonstrating that new classical music can be ‘tuneful’.

“She [Roxanna Panufnik] recognises that many people consider new classical music to be esoteric and difficult, and believes carols are an ideal way to engage them.”

Esoteric and difficult? That might be what some people think about ‘new music’ but that view is based on an assumption held by those people shaped in no small part by lazy writers.

New classical music isn’t something which needs to be made more engaging. It, like the works from history, doesn’t insist on prior knowledge, or expertise. All music needs is for people to listen to it and listen to themselves whilst they do so. 

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What Happened Friday Night: The Boiler, The Festival, The Curtains and The Quo

Friday night was the coldest night we’ve experienced in SE6 in a long time, made even colder when we discovered that, for some unknown reason, the boiler had packed-up.

This probably would have gone unnoticed if the OH hadn’t have given away the curtains to someone on the local community Facebook group.

He is of course right, the yellow in the curtains didn’t really go with the new greeny-grey walls. The living room looks a whole lot better without them. Even so, the double-layer interlining might have helped fend off the intense chill.

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