Clemency Burton-hill: Mozart Would Be ‘outraged’ To Hear Classical Music Is For The Elite

IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China

Burton-Hill, the new presenter of Radio 3s breakfast show, said it breaks her heart a little to hear people claiming they do not understand classical music. Arguing the glorious music of the worlds best composers should speak to everyone, she said: Its basically a great big sonic party to which everyone in the world should feel invited. Related Articles How Britten proved the sneerers wrong 22 Nov 2013 Burton-Hill, a 32-year-old violinist and presenter, is the latest addition to Radio 3s breakfast slot, which she will present for the first time on December 2 alongside Petroc Trelawny. She has now argued classical music should be for all to enjoy, with intellectual knowledge not a prerequisite for enjoying classical music. Writing about her passion for the genre in the Mail on Sundays Event magazine this weekend, she said it breaks my heart a little every time I hear someone say, Oh, I love classical music, but I dont really understand it Admitting it is one of the most intellectually complex art forms we have, she added: To be able to understand classical music, all you need is ears, an open mind, and to be able to feel. Burton-Hill disclosed she had grown up listening to anything I could get my ears on, including classical favourites and Britpop bands such as Oasis, Radiohead, and Blur. She has now argued classical music is exactly the same as any other type of music, saying everything from Vivaldi to a cover version on X Factor is all a powerful means of communicating emotion. She told the magazine: There is no right way to hear a piece of classical music: after all, these works are robust enough to have survived centuries worth of varying reactions and interpretations. Im pretty sure that figures such as Mozart or Verdi, who were the rock stars of their day and cranked out hit after popular hit, would be outraged to think that some people today might want to keep their music to themselves, the exclusive preserve of an educated elite who are already in the know.
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Free Press critic, columnist ‘was the voice of classical music’

“She mentioned to me and others many times how her love and connection to music sustained her through the last two years,” says her husband, David Riach. “On our desk here right in front of the computer where she wrote so many of her columns and reviews is a scrap of paper on which she has written a quote from J.S. Bach that music is ‘refreshment for the soul.’ Gwenda truly believed that.” Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra music director Alexander Mickelthwate said Nemerofsky’s death was a real loss for the city. “She wrote smart reviews,” says Mickelthwate. “I learned to cherish Gwenda’s opinions. We were lucky to have her.” WSO composer-in-residence Vincent Ho interviewed Nemerofsky as part of his research into cancer for his new percussion concerto called From Darkness to Light — A Spiritual Journey. It debuted and was performed by Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie last February at the New Music Festival.
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The enthusiasm for classical music is particularly strong, thanks to Chinese parents obsession with the concept of versatility, which often results in young children taking lessons on western instruments. By IMG Artists estimate, 75 million Chinese students are now learning the piano and 25 million, the violin. Lang Lang and Li Yundi, both internationally-renowned Chinese pianists, are household names in the country. Inzerillo says that the companys research has found that Chinese teenagers receive classical music with an ardor similar to what American teenagers have for pop music. If you were to say to a sixteen year-old kid, do you want to see Lady Gaga , or do you want to see Conrad Tao, an American teenager would say Lady Gaga. But we found the reverse to be true in China. IMG Artists has been working with Chinese domestic agencies and government entities since the early 2000s to produce and promote performing arts programs. The longest-running show that the company co-produced with CAEG is Shaolin Warriors, a martial arts spectacle, has been performing internationally for 13 years.
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