Paul Kilbey
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Paul Kilbey is a London-based writer on music and culture. He works at Bachtrack and One Stop Arts, and he has also written for the Institute of Ideas' cultural review Culture Wars, the Independent and the Guardian. Visit his personal site at paulkilbey.co.uk.

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The Classic Brits are Not What's Wrong With Classical Music

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2012 | (21:24)

The Classic Brit Awards aren't just bad. They are a "scheming reduction of music to a sticky, manipulative meringue", according to Paul Morley, and "an offensive, unnecessary, manipulative and dangerous sham", according to pianist James Rhodes, who followed up on a vociferous blog by Morley with

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Nothing: A Centenary to Celebrate

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2012 | (22:27)

Our poetry now is the realisation that we possess nothing.
2012 does not only mark the hundredth anniversary of the fall of the Qing Dynasty, and the signing of the International Opium Convention at the Hague. It is not just the centenary of the births of Eva Braun, Jackson...
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Anthony Hopkins: Significantly Better at Acting Than Composing

(3) Comments | Posted 15 January 2012 | (22:39)

There are definitely some worse composers out there than Anthony Hopkins. I mean, you probably could have guessed this even before listening to his new album Composer. It's statistically very probable, after all. But now I think it's basically fact: there are some worse composers out there than...

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A New Year's Resolution for 2012: Give Contemporary Classical Music a Chance

(19) Comments | Posted 30 December 2011 | (21:26)

It can be hard to know what resolutions to come up with at New Year. Last year I think mine had something to do with washing socks. I didn't stick to it.

But, in the spirit of Christmas, here is one ready-made for you. It isn't even that hard to...

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Christmas Number One Chart Engineering: Smells Like a Massive Waste of Time

(34) Comments | Posted 15 November 2011 | (22:00)

Apparently there is a race going on between Adele and Lady Gaga regarding who can sell more albums.

Frankly, I think they've both sold loads already. But, given that the artists don't appear content with the ludicrous amounts of success and accolade they have already achieved, even...

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Carhorns or Coldplay? No Contest

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2011 | (00:52)

When I argued here recently that contemporary classical music was a good thing, I didn't necessarily mean 'honk a carhorn in my face for ten minutes in a very small concert hall'. This is, however, something which happened during Exo, one of Kings Place's 'Out Hear'...

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Stop Listening To So Much Damn Music

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2011 | (10:02)

I went to bed at about half past eleven last night. That's fairly early for me. (Read on, this gets interesting.) I was quite tired, having finished work late, and then I'd had two cocktails, which were great but did not serve to wake me up. All in...

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Why Stephen Fry Should Stop Gushing Over Dead People

(5) Comments | Posted 6 October 2011 | (00:00)

What is it about classical music that makes us lose words? What is it about it that we find so hard to articulate or to explain? What is it about it that reduces even Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry, the reason the word 'polymath' is still in the dictionary -...

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