The f word: why do we tend to avoid music by women?
No, not a swear word ‒ just females and their musical fabrications: are they really a flop compared to those by men?Read More
Backstage heroes: Fundraisers' fellowships
In more innocent days, a familiar complaint among orchestra managers was that raising cash to keep the ship afloat was taking an increasing proportion...
News review: Into the mainstream
Does classical music need an enema, as prescribed by James Rhodes last month? What do you think, asks CM deputy editor Alex Stevens
Has the opera and concert going experience been democratised?
If you went to the opera at Covent Garden in the 1980s and, like me, you couldn’t afford to sit in the expensive seats,
Columnist Imelda Depp: Highly strung
Sex sells. And when it comes to tv gigs, it really does seem that looks count for much more than talent,Read More
Point/Counterpoint: Have CDs got a shelf life?
Clear your shelves. Storing music on a computer is neater, more convenient and increasingly of better quality
By GUY WEATHERALL
Many people believe there’s nothing to beat actually owning...
Editorial, October: Verdi vs Wagner vs anniversaries
I couldn’t make it to the recent Verdi vs Wagner debate hosted by Stephen Fry at the Royal Opera House as part of the...
Editorial, September: European variations on standing ovations
One of the topics that returns to haunt the Proms every year is that of audience behaviour: mobile phones, coughing,Read More
Barmy optimism and a mad chairman
With four lanes of traffic thundering over it, Waterloo Bridge is not the easiest to cross, which is presumably why National Theatre boss Nicholas...
Stand and deliver
It was a diary clash rather than fear of the north wind that kept me off the beach when Peter Grimes got the real-life...
Editorial, July: Comprehensive Spending Review blues
And so we know. DCMS lives on despite rumours to the contrary but will be stomaching an 8% cut for 2015/16.Read More
Editorial, June: Maria Miller's tale
Maria Miller used her first speech on the arts since taking over to urge arts leaders to ‘hammer home the value of culture to...
History in the making: the RPS awards
At the age of 87 Her Majesty the Queen is understandably keen to hand over some state duties to her 64-year-old son.Read...
When Colin Davis was suddenly appointed chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1967, those of us camped on the pavements beside the...
Editorial, May: Proms, women conductors and austerity economics
Many of you will have been burying yourselves in the Proms guide following the recent unveiling of the 2013 season,Read More
Editorial, April: Divide and rule
Divide and rule. Is it a conscious strategy on the part of an embattled government with a slim mandate, or a side effect of...
So Alan Rusbridger can carry on running the Guardian, Nick Kenyon the Barbican, and Anthony Sargent The Sage,Read More
Editorial, March: Dark clouds and little else
Writing this welcome note would be a lot more fun if the good news weren’t so thin on the ground this month.Read...
Where was the duty of care?
The sorry saga in the wake of Michael Brewer’s conviction for sexual abuse of a music student has a distinct whiff of the Jimmy...