Is classical music for the middle/upper classes?Watch
'Good on you'? I don't need a pat on the back for being cultured tbh..
Oh, and I'm total working class, bruv.
People have an image of it as dull and boring, when in fact there is an incredible variety of styles - exciting, fast, playful, romantic, mournful, soul-stirring, rousing, modern, atmospheric (eg. Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, 'Hoedown' in the Rodeo Series by Copland), tender, tear-jerkingly sad, beautiful, or combinations of these...
Hi, I live in London and as such I come across all sorts of backgrounds and classes and whatnot. It always strikes me that less affluent people NEVER listen to classical music, and when I suggest it to them they laugh it off as some sort of foreign concept.
Is there a reason why it tends to be the educated/affluent/culltured peolpe that like classical music?
How can you not like those masterpieces!?!?
At around thirteen -fourteen I learnt the flute under the tutelage of a former army and civilian concert musician who in his day had been a solo flute and clarinet player in the Royal Artillery band, then seventy or so strong, latterly going on to the Grenadier Guards Band, both music ensembles of world renowned repute. How many know that the RA band, sadly under the defence cuts in recent years no longer, had Britain's oldest and first established professional orchestra ?
I often listen to Classic FM going to and from work. My soft spot for brass and military band music came from my late father ( ever met a Yorkshireman who doesn't like brass bands? ! ) as he used to take me up to Chelsea barracks to walk along side one of the Guards bands who in those days would play all the way up Ebury Street and past Victoria station to the palace for guard changing and often back again. Oh what a sound....one of the best free music shows in town, again no more. My mother, however prefered to spend her time visiting her aunt in Bayswater !
Although put on hold because of the pandemic, there are superb recitals held in the Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk once a month for around fifty minutes. Entry is free, with a voluntary retiring collection for service charities afterwards. Just turn up around ten to one and enjoy.
They are overarched by Dr. Rachel Smith, principal flute player of the Coldstream Gds. Band and concentrate mainly on classical pieces with plenty of solo playing.
Now to the dreaded class thing: I have noticed certainly in recent years talking to some of the musicians I know in the Household Division Bands that many of them are from decidedly middle class backgrounds, especially woodwind players. I attribute a lot of this, and correct me if wrong, to the fact that unlike private and independent ones many state schools have cut back on both instrumental and music tuition making it difficult to nurture a child's interest especially if they are from a poorer background. An exception to this and probably because then in Hong Kong music tuition was still strong in state schools is David Wong, who from a very poor disadvantaged background through hard work and ability is now principal clarinetist of the Grenadier Gds. Band.