There was a quiet irony that an ABO conference session on employment law should have been chaired by Simon Funnell,Read More
Alexandra Coghlan | Despite some notable successes, the Royal Opera House has fallen short in its responsibility to create new opera
Earlier this month the New York Times ran a fascinating article. They challenged each of their classical critics to name the two contemporary operas...
Toby Deller | Why should classical musicians be hidebound by traditions and forces of conformity? We should set them free
When I met this month’s cover artist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, she had a warning. We privilege what is familiar to such an extent that music...
Editorial, February: The loss of Claudio Abbado
Towards the end of last year I attended the British Composer Awards, where Basca chairman Sarah Rodgers opened proceedings by reflecting on the deaths...
Winners, fiddlers, and an Ivor Novello premiere
Readers who tackle this magazine from back to front will have reached this page via the news section so will already know the winners...
Good clean fun – and no instrument to buy
Is there anyone in the United Kingdom who has not joined a choir? Everywhere you look, people are singing their hearts out.Read...
Insiders anonymous: The cruise ship pianist
In the second installment of this new series, we go behind the scenes to find out what life as a cruise musician is really...
News review: Breaking the barriers, shattering illusions
How open is classical music to those outside the club? asks Alex Stevens
Distributors may have struggled to keep pace with the changing market but there’s life in the CD yet
To lose one classical recordings distributor might be considered unfortunate, but to lose three?
That happened over the space of a couple of weeks in the...
Editorial, December: Britten centenary and Help Musicians UK
Did anyone else pick up on those Britten anniversary celebrations they’ve been having? I suspect even if you’d spent the past year sealed in...
Arts sponsorship is the one good thing bad companies do ‒ let’s not talk them out of it
I experienced a small, naive welling of revolutionary zeal when Russell Brand unleashed his blueprint for social change in front of a bewildered Jeremy...
Fantastic news for musicians
This time last year I was having a good old huff and puff about the iniquities of a court decision that self-employed musicians should...
Stop, look and listen: Advice for Michael Gove
You would expect the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee to support the creative arts, but is there any hope that the...
Editorial, November: All about orchestras
It would be hard to overstate the importance of orchestras to this industry. They form the solid core of what we all think of...
Columnist Imelda Depp: Attack of the giggles
A cutesy wedding reading tickles our secret cellist’s heightened sense of the absurd, not to mention an unfortunate predilection for the scatological.Read...
Insiders anonymous: The record company PR
In a new series, industry insiders describe what their working lives are really like, without the gloss. As told to Jessica Duchen
News review: Reasons to be cheerful, part 97
Last month our Trojan horse popped open to reveal Lord Hall of Birkenhead wielding 20% arts increases at the BBC.Read More
Point/Counterpoint: Cut and splice
Sacrifice some front-rank institutions to save the others ‒ but let’s not forget about feeder groups that nurture home-grown talent
By ROBERT HUGILL