Excellent post on the audience for classical music and whether there is any “cross-pollination”, in reference to Pete Tong’s Prom
What’s all the fuss about the Ibiza Prom? First, it’s a late night Prom, and late night Proms have traditionally (or as recent tradition goes) ventured into other areas of musical endeavour. Second, terms like classical and non-classical for some are increasingly moribund. Music is either good or bad, although the usefulness of these terms is also debatable. Hovering above all of this is of course the slippery question of taste. Third, what’s wrong with experimentation? But perhaps a fourth point needs some attention: the Ibiza Prom, or ‘Late Night With Radio 1’ as its official title goes, appears to be more about the changing fortunes of Radio 1 itself. The problem is with declining interest in Radio 1, not the Proms, and this classical music festival is in the unlikely situation of breathing life into a pop music station.
Leaving this last issue aside, some of the statements made about negative…
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