When a "Symphony of British Music" fails to include anything classical should classical music advocates be concerned?
The closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London gave a celebration of British music, fashion and culture. Yet, none of the music was by a British Classical composer living or dead.
This isn't because the organizers don't like classical music. The London Symphony Orchestra played a large role in the creation of the music from recording all the national anthems, playing at both the opening and closing ceremonies. What this shows is classical music, and composers of classical music aren't even thought of, had no relevance when the creators were planning the production.
It amazes me that Benjamin Britten, probably the greatest opera composer in the English language (ever) wasn't given a node. Peter Maxell-Davis and Thomas Adès are world wide recognized living composer and yet not mentioned. Film composers like Debbie Wiseman, Patrick Doyle, Craig Armstrong, to name just a few, all went unmentioned.
This oversight isn't the death knell of classical music, but it should cause orchestra musicians, composers and classical music lovers concern. Classical music is fading from the consciousness of the main stream. It isn't even a consideration when organizers of the largest viewed event in recent history is programmed.
And we wonder why funding for classical music is diminishing?