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Classical music wasn’t offered as something rarefied, to be savoured by connoisseurs who are “in the know.” It was part of a great story of how we in the West have tried to make sense of ourselves, as human beings.

Ivan Hewett is cheered to find that the young people attending the Institute of Ideas Academy had an appetite for the serious and the sublime.

Ceccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina in Brighton, 2015

The sound of silence: classical music’s forgotten women

Ceccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina in Brighton, 2015

The gorgeous Valse from Tchaikovsky Serenade Nurhan Arman conducts Sinfonia Toronto http://youtu.be/_Ma1Gk_A-5I

Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C, op. 48 Valse movement 2 Sinfonia Toronto / Nurhan Arman, Conductor Recorded live on October 2009 in Glenn Gould Studio, Toron.

Many factors can make us hear a piece with fresh ears.

Did Felix Mendelssohn steal his musical hallmarks from his gifted sister? Easter sonata premiere, review

Many factors can make us hear a piece with fresh ears.

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

Classical music is blowing up

Pic is Lindsey Stirling. Classical music is becoming the new pop. As the music world reels from declining sales, the one bright spot in the market this year came not from rap, rock, or electronic dance music, but from classical.

Talking about audiences

Talking about audiences

The inside track on classical music and related cultures

The inside track on classical music and related cultures

New video: Verdi vs Wagner - who really won?

New video: Verdi vs Wagner - who really won?

The inside track on classical music and related cultures

Has Gorecki done it again?

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