Sunday, October 14, 2007
BBC launches 'classical idol'
Here is the blurb from the BBC website - 'The hunt for the UK's next classical music superstar is on and for one exceptional young musician the opportunity of a lifetime is within reach. The winner of Classical Star will win a top record deal and the chance to launch their dream career.
Acclaimed musician and Classical Star Musical Director Matthew Barley is searching for a top class performer who has the ability to broaden the appeal of classical music. The winner must have that extra special something to impress the prestigious judging panel of top conductor Charles Hazlewood, Double Bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, conductor Jason Lai and music industry mogul Steve Abbott.
Through nationwide auditions 18 candidates have been short listed but only the best nine will attend the Music Academy, where Matthew has devised a rigorous and demanding three-week residential programme.
In the first of the five part series, the 18 candidates battle for a place in the Academy over two intensive days in London. This is a nerve-wracking journey as the young players are asked to improvise, complete demanding interviews and perform to the best of their ability under the scrutiny of the judges. At the end the nine successful Academy candidates are revealed.'
The first programme is on BBC2 TV on Tuesday 16 Oct, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm UK time. But let's remember that the argument that this type of programme "broadens the appeal of classical music " often doesn't hold up. It is also worth noting that judge Steve Abbot's credits include "producing the music programme of Princess Diana's funeral service, and personally introducing Sir Elton John into the proceedings". So don't expect too much John Cage in that "top record deal".
Thank goodness for CDs and internet radio.
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