Conducting Classical Music by an ageing bass player
Picking up the baton: (from left) Goldie, Katie Derham, Clive Anderson, Sue Perkins, Alex James,Jane Asher, Peter Snow, Bradley Walsh and David Soul
The BBC has a new reality TV show were a bunch of Celeb's are getting a chance to conduct a symphony orchestra at the BBC Proms in the Park. While I am somewhat envious of these "stars" getting a shot at a conducting a major concert, the article by James Elmes in The Independent makes some interesting points.
Alex James, the ageing bass player from Blur is one of the contestants. He is quoted in the article as saying, "Classical music is quite irksome, it emanates a sort of pomposity..." and "...the classical-music fraternity are worse than Christians or Alcoholics Anonymous for wanting you to join, there's a kind of desperation about it sometimes..." While these are not the whole quotes, these excerpts provide an interesting insight into the perception of Classical Music by those outside (yet in the music industry).
Alex does say he loves Classical Music, and thinks this contest is the best thing he's ever done - but that doesn't really soften the blow of his previous comments. If Classical Music is seen as pompous then (as Alex suggests) we need some re-branding.