Young people don’t like concert halls… and wouldn’t normally go to one except for amplified music. There is a big divide between amplified and non-amplified music… The future must bring things which are considered blasphemous like amplifying classical music in an atmosphere where people can come and go and even talk perhaps.. and certainly leave in the middle of a movement if they feel like it. Nobody should be deprived of classical music, least of all by silly conventions.

Jonathan Harvey

I read it here.



  1. Well… young people are now seeing classical music *outside* of concert halls. Witness the success of Classical Revolution, which brings classical music back to bars and cafés in many cities worldwide. Also… not to put too fine a point on it, but amplification has been part of “classical” music for many decades, as Jonathan Harvey would know himself, as a scholar/colleague of Stockhausen, Babbitt, and IRCAM.

  2. I’m sorry to say I’ve never been to the “Classical Revolution” stuff. (I’m not sure if an oldster would be welcome … do tell!) I love reading about it, though.

    So are you saying you think we should amplify all music, or music that composers have composed with amplification as part of the work? Or that it’s okay by you as in “whatever”?! 🙂

  3. The Big Symphony (which I’m not a member of) has had a “symphony on the edge” series held in a sort of bar like setting – usually they have rock type bands there. Apparently it has been quite successful and they dress just in pit black and there is more talking by the conductor than for a “normal” concert. Sounds like a fun idea – but I’d hate to work in a bar with smoking!

  4. I like the idea too, Jill, and in California we have no smoking in any establishment, including bars … so I think it would be a blast! 🙂