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Thread #110427   Message #2316805
Posted By: Ruth Archer
15-Apr-08 - 07:49 PM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
" I would love to see how the powers that be in British legislation would feel about home made classical music get togethers in pubs ."

It's really interesting you should say that. When I was in discussion with our regional orchestral development body, one of the things I mentioned is that folk is unique in providing "ways in" to the music for adult musicians via sessions in pubs. I said how sad it is that many classically-trained musicians put down their instrument when they leave school, because there aren't informal opportunities to get together with other musicians and just play. I suggested maybe classical music could take a leaf from folk's book...

The classical bunch were horrified at the idea of classical music sessions in pubs! I was informed that classical musicians DO get together informally, in each other's homes, and maybe have a meal and a glass of wine and play. I asked how new people would access these groups, and they looked at me like I was nuts. "Why would you want strangers in your home?"

They weren't inclined to get it, really. So I gave up.