The Pointy End

6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches Offering Advice to Future Musicians

This spring, thousands of conservatory graduates are marching into the world as newly minted aspiring musicians.


Nine Things That Should Change About Classical Music

Two years ago a respected scientist and artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic was thrown out of a concert for attempting to crowd-surf. The show was part of an “accessible and informal” classical music concert.

Musical Toronto

Modern and baroque violins

Many people admire the sound of old violins by the great Italian masters. But what they often don’t know is that most of these instruments started their lives in a different form, and were converted in later ages.

The Dutch Luthier

10 (petites) choses que vous ne savez (peut-être) pas sur Erik Satie

Communiste (bien que finalement peu engagé dans le militantisme), alcoolique (pas vraiment selon les standards de l’époque), Erik Satie, l’homme derrière l’œuvre, reste peu connu du grand public.

France Musique

How to manage mental health: the music industry's new priority

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has placed a special focus on relationships. Here Fiona McGugan, general manager of the Music Manager’s Forum, reports on the increasingly vital role of the emotionally responsible manager in the industry

The Guardian

Why music only gives some people 'skin orgasms' but not others

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?

The Independent

How you can get into classical music: a beginner's guide

So, you want to explore classical music? The first question must be: where to start?

The Telegraph

Our Music Preferences Reflect Our Personality

What kind of music do you like? And why do you like it?
If you’re like most people, your answer to the first question is probably a genre.

PS Mag

This is the most monumentally ugly piece of music ever composed, according to science

By adapting the work of a US Navy engineer researching the perfect sonar ‘ping’, mathematician Scott Rickard has created a ‘pattern-free’ (ie. ugly) piano sonata.

Classic FM

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