A ‘cultured’ culture minister? Be careful what you wish for
Even if Theresa May triumphs at the general election, there’s every chance the UK will get a new culture minister in the wake of...
Can the radio orchestra survive – and should it?
Three out of the last three reputable, full-time orchestras to have been axed in Europe have been radio orchestras: the Danish Radio Sinfonietta (closed...
Brexit – it’s not looking good
Article 50 has been triggered and away we go – the UK has under two years before it leaves the European Union.Read...
Putting music at the heart of children’s development
Creative Futures was the lucky beneficiary of a special event held at specialist music instrument auctioneers Ingles & Hayday recently.Read More
London hasn’t seen the best of Kasper Holten, and possibly never will
By the time this article is in your hands or on your screen, you may well have seen Kasper Holten’s final production as director...
Diversity is something to celebrate
Something must be going right with the system of music hubs in the United Kingdom, because within four years of us being established in...
Worth every mile
A four-hour round drive for a one-hour concert is probably a bit daft, but Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s exploration of American music at St...
British orchestras have a reputation for having full schedules, but the latest report commissioned by the Association of British Orchestras has revealed that a...
We must let women composers achieve their full potential
A couple of years ago, I performed a concert including the Preludes by Ruth Crawford-Seeger. As I stood off stage I listened as the...
Making Mahler funny
In all of the biographies of Mahler that I read in preparation for writing my comedy show (not that many,Read More
Data-Sharing: using audiences to build loyalty
When Arts Council England announced in 2013 that all national portfolio organisations (NPOs) which gather audience data would be required to share that data...
Addressing diversity is the very least we should do to ensure classical music remains vibrant and exciting
One of the more interesting assignments I have had was working with Sir Brian McMaster on his report looking at how we describe and...
Rattle Hall is not dead in the water
It looked like it was curtains for Rattle Hall – the Centre for Music – when the chancellor changed his mind.Read More
A new concert hall for Edinburgh – at last
Although plans for a new concert hall in London may have stalled, supporters of the project might find solace in what has happened north...
Appalling salaries and internships are killing diversity in our industry
If you work in the arts, the chances are you have shared a horror story about your first salary, probably post-scripted with a chuckling...
Choirs are on the rise
Two televised choral competitions are building towards their conclusions as this issue of CM goes to press. In hour-long mid-evening slots on BBC Two,
Tokenism solves nothing. Diversity should be business as usual
‘One simply wants to be known as the best producer, the best programmer, the best musician. Not the best black producer,Read More
Citizen of the world
Three cheers for five-star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, venting his spleen on Facebook at Theresa May’s attempts to present the acceptable face of racism.Read...
The impact of community engagement for musicians
Recent decades have witnessed a rapid expansion in community music projects, which are progressively including wider sets of populations and contexts.Read More