Opinion

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In Praise of “Safe” Programmes
Should Organizers Focus on Popular Classical Repertoire During the Time of Corona? As concert venues, their managers, promoters and artists begin to emerge from lockdown and survey the devastation wrought on the industry by the coronavirus pandemic and governments’ responses
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The Role of Audiences
A Response to Sir András Schiff’s Comment About Modern Audiences The attitude and behaviour of classical music audiences has been in the British news (not for the first time!) thanks to an article about Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff in
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Everything Is Connected: Body Mapping for Musicians
Most people, including musicians, don’t really take any notice of their bodies until they feel pain or are injured. Athletes on the other hand tend to have a far greater awareness of the body, in tune with its mechanisms and
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Should You Charge Less for Online Lessons?
With the coronavirus and the attendant need for social distancing likely to last for months, many teachers have moved online in order to continue teaching, using applications such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime. This has forced a rapid embrace and
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Patrons: Music as a Market
A patron — in French mécène, from Gaius Mæcenas, first Roman ”patron of arts” — supports artists by providing them with financial, promotional or material contributions (that sometimes extends to a place to work and/or live), and through commissioning them
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Teaching Online Is the Way Forward for the Foreseeable Future
It seems as if almost our entire world has moved online in response to the coronavirus. “Online” is our means to work and to play, and musicians have embraced it fully, from livestreamed concerts from their living rooms to ensemble
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Mood Music
What on earth is mood music? As a composer, I write music to offer or extract a certain feeling from a listener, but do I intentionally create music to suit a mood or a place? Not that I’m aware of.
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Will Coronavirus Cause a Rethink in Attitudes and Habits of Musicians and Audiences?
There is no question that the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on our daily lives, and its effect and after-effects will continue to be felt for many months and possibly years to come. For musicians, the effect of
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