Hello. It looks like you’re using an ad blocker that may prevent our website from working properly. To receive the best Tortoise experience possible, please make sure any blockers are switched off and refresh the page.

If you have any questions or need help, let us know at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.com

Creative Sensemaker: is classical music boring and elitist?

About this ThinkIn

Its fans howl at accusations that classic music is an old, white men’s genre, too fond of marathon-length recitals, eye-wateringly expensive tickets and wealthy, serious audiences. But might some of that be at least a little bit true? In decline in terms of public participation for decades, just before the pandemic hit there was evidence that streaming services were sparking a mini-boom in classical listening. Like other art forms, live classical music has been decimated by Covid, despite impressive levels of innovation in virtual performances and experiences. Why does classical find it so hard to shake off its uptight, elitist image?


Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner