Pick of the Week – 29 January

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

Ed Vaizey: ‘no excuse’ for lack of diversity in British orchestras

Two weeks ago we wrote about positive action in classical music. The culture minister has now added his voice to the call for orchestras to do more to become more ethnically diverse; “I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to see people from all our communities reflected in our arts”.

Repeating some lessons

Every few months it seems someone new is warning us that classical music is dying out, only to be contradicted almost immediately by someone else saying that classical music is doing better than ever. One thing that’s clear, though, is that classical music’s audiences are changing. In this blog, Greg Sandow discusses ways music organisations can keep up with that change.

Dutch police smashed an opera singer’s front door in because they thought he was screaming in agony

And finally! On the one hand this is an hilarious story. On the other hand, it’s not the best review of this poor man’s singing!

 

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