Perspectives - Is digitalisation killing classical music?

Sat 6 July 2019

with Mark Wigglesworth and Adrian Kelly

Can classical music survive the digital age? The availability of live-streamed and on-demand opera and classical concerts has exploded in recent years. Yet while streamed events succeed in reaching larger audiences, are we losing the magic of the live performance? In this age of digital connectivity, is there a danger that the true quality if connection which occurs between performers and audiences might eventually be lost? Or should we embrace the power that digitalisation gives us to make classical music available to the broadest possible audience?

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth has worked with over 100 orchestras, collaborating with many of the world’s finest orchestral musicians, soloists, singers and directors. He has written articles for major newspapers, presented a six-part television series for the BBC entitled Everything to Play For, and recorded a highly acclaimed cycle of Shostakovich symphonies. In 2017 he won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

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