In addition to the live event Music into Words which I’m hosting tonight with guest speakers Jessica Duchen, Dr Mark Berry, Mary Nguyen and Simon Brackenborough, we are hoping to generate plenty of discussion and lively debate online.
The focus of the event is writing about classical music today. It’s a very broad subject encompassing music journalism, academic writing, concert reviews and music criticism, programme notes and blogging. The Internet has undoubtedly had a profound effect on the way we write and read about classical music, and the rise of the blogger and online review has made music criticism and writing about classical music more democratic. In addition, writers and journalists mainstream have also responded to the need to engage audiences today by offering more accessible non-specialist language in programme notes, for example.
If you have views on any aspect of writing about classical music today, please feel free to join the online discussion. You can tweet your thoughts using hashtag #musicintowords to my account @crosseyedpiano or to @musintowords, or leave comments on this post. The live event is being recorded and videos of each speaker’s presentation will be available soon afterwards.