Maybe we need to wise up the classical music audience
I am 51. Thirty years ago I went to punk concerts, Twenty years ago I would go to dub reggae concerts or jazz bars; now I go to the Wigmore Hall , the Southbank, St.Lukes etc. I love the fact my life can progress as I age, I take friends all the time to these places and introduce them to the slower more mature and harder to appreciate pleasures of classical music. I prefer my fellow listeners to not dress too scruffily, and I like the acoustics of my concert halls.That comment was added by a reader to Do classical music’s big new ideas have real substance? Maybe appreciating classical music, like fine wine and whisky, depends on a maturing process. Maybe it is very difficult to accelerate that maturing process by anything other than music education. Maybe we are banging our head against a brick wall trying to accelerate it by empty gestures such as dressing-down, and maybe we need to do a better job of explaining that to funders. Maybe, as I wrote in the original post, we need to show more respect for classical music’s loyal core audience, and maybe we need to understand the opportunity cost of alienating that audience . Maybe I am wrong. But that simple but so powerful word ‘maybe’ was conspicuously absent from Max Hole’s recent personal vision for the future of classical music. Maybe there is a middle path. Or maybe Max Hole is sinfini wrong and all we need to do is wise up the classical audience.
What am I saying? That people should have things to grow into, to aspire to, that classical music is typically more complex than pop music, and that's what makes the whole journey worthwhile. We should not dumb down classical music, on the contrary we need to be wising-up the audiences. And not think there is something wrong if the average 25 year old fed on pop music doesn't go to classical concerts, any more than there is something wrong in the average 50 year old not going to pop concerts.
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