Music, but not lyrics, will feature amid coronavirus restrictions. Announcement follows pressure from culture secretary and from No.10.
You deserve to know these names, and deserve to hear their music
The event has been designed specifically for disabled adults and children.
With their silent audiences, formal attire and clapping etiquette, classical music concerts don’t scream accessibility. But
The lure of the filthy lucre is strong in the upper echelons of the classical music industry. Dangled before genius, the contract that promises to make musicians rich can unmoor and pollute. But only if caution is not exercised. Money, in this respect, can be poisonous, and Nicola Benedetti agrees...
Morris is adamant that Britain is in what he calls 'a really weird state of extraordinary creative health'. 'The cultural centre is healthy and has enormous capacity to grow,' he says, 'but we have all sorts of old-fashioned knee-jerk resistances to embracing that opportunity.' The trick, therefore, is to free the UK of its default setting of archaic mores and systems of thought.
Have you ever heard of Sir Edgar Speyer? The chances are that unless you have stayed at his former sprawling home on the North Norfolk coast where his story and sad demise is displayed in the lobby - now the splendid Sea Marge Hotel where I first heard of him - it is unlikely that his name will be familiar to you.
In recent times classical music has been referred to as dead. I disagree.
The crumbling venues, the crumbling audiences, the tickets priced higher than a black market kidney, the weird way it's okay to scream certain Italian words from the audience but not to clap unless in special rarefied kinds of pause...