Tuning the Concert

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The Journey: Can classical concerts engage modern audiences? November 19, 2010

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Having played the cello for over a decade and played in countless concerts I have to admit that I rarely attend concerts. If I don’t go to concerts who does?

I asked a number of people what they thought about classical concerts. Click the links below to read their comments about what they love and/or hate about concerts as well as their idea of a perfect concert:

I developed my view about what makes a good classical concert after listening to other people’s responses and attending events. Click the links below to read the articles:

You can read my final argument here which emphasises the need for concerts to diversify.



What would your ideal musical experience/concert be? July 9, 2010

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This is a really personal question and highlights the problem that you can’t programme something that everyone will like. However, out of interest I asked this question to Kevin Murphy at his interview on Wednesday 6 July.

He said that it would probably involve water as he likes the way sound resonates across water. He pictures it taking places at dusk in a beautiful location. Perhaps with music from two sides of the bank or even on a boat. The music would be contemporary so that it would be the first time anyone would have heard it.  A somehow there would be a form of participation so that the audience would go away with the vibrations still going through their bodies and with a smile on their face.

In short the elements of the concert would be:

water, dusk, contemporary, nature, landscape, participation

Kevin Murphy was very surprised on reflecting that in his ideal concert music wasn’t high up on his priorities. Instead the whole atmosphere around how you experience the music seemed to be crucial.