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Classical music 'could be amplified'

Monday, 6th Sep 2010

The use of amplifiers is one option suggested by classical composer Jonathan Harvey to attract people to concerts.

An esteemed musician, who recently had his work featured in the BBC Proms, Harvey told Future Radio that new ideas need to be embraced to attract more young people to performances as they are put off by the idea of sitting in silent rows during concerts.

"The future must bring things that are considered blasphemous, like amplifying classical music in an atmosphere where people can come and go," the visiting professor of music at Oxford University suggested.

Harvey explained that he is concerned that some orchestras and conductors who stick doggedly to the traditional methods will soon find that they are performing to empty concert halls.

This year's Proms began on July 16th 2010 and will continue until September 11th when classical works will be played alongside compositions by Rogers and Hammerstein and from the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

By Jemma Howard  

Article filed under: Concert News |