Classical music isn’t irrelevant in and of itself.
The way we talk about it stops its chances of success dead in the water.
And the cause of that problem is down to the people who run the industry, and write about it.
Long Read: Classical Music’s Biggest Problem
Men, misogyny, snobbery, and class divide perpetuate classical music’s struggle to maintain relevance and appeal. Confront the self-proclaimed guardians of convention and we might just nudge things along a bit.
Why on earth wouldn’t a woman conductor be your cup of tea Mariss?
A dinosaur conductor in line for an award from the RPS gets interviewed by a journo who asks a provocative question, gets a contentious answer, and fails to ask a follow-up.
For Fuck’s Sake Norman
Blogger Norman Lebrecht is all excited about pianist Yuja Wang’s short skirt. Apparently, that’s more important than the performance.
It’s Listening, That’s All
New music is written about as being difficult in the same article as Christmas carols being accessible and inclusive. How well-intentioned PR can damage the art-form its there to promote.
Spitalfields might be an edgy affair, celebrating unorthodox approaches, but its still dissapointingly old-school when it comes to celebrating it’s own successes.
During a Twitter exchange with Jeremy Pound, Deputy Editor at BBC Music Magazine, the reality of the classical music press is confirmed. It’s not pretty. And, it appears, quoting bloggers is a bit of a desperate move.
The Last Word
Another run-in with a journalist necessitates a final word on what has been a disappointing week.