The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: How will Brexit affect classical music? | June 29, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

Over the past week, The Ear has heard a lot about the effect of Brexit – of the United Kingdom, and especially England, leaving the European Union – on national and international politics, on the economy and on culture in general.

BREXIT puzzle pieces

But he has not heard anything about how Brexit will affect classical music.

Until now.

Leave it to veteran British critic and blogger Norman Lebrecht to do some research and give you a taste of what Brexit could mean for classical music in England, a country that has such a long history of being a welcoming home to classical music and classical musicians.

Here is are link to some of his posts on his blog Slipped Disc:

Do you have ideas about the effect of Brexit on classical music?

Tell us in the COMMENT section.

The Ear wants to hear.


  1. On the positive side, there will be an American premier of the opera, “The Witches of Venice” on July 2, 2016 by Opera Saratoga, Saratoga, New York (wouldn’t this be nice in Madison?). Philip Glass wrote the music; Beni Montresor the story, for this in 1995 and it is based on a kind of childhood fair tale.

    See which describes the plot as follows:

    “The King and Queen of Venice always wanted a child, but when two fairies grant their wish by giving them a magical plant that sprouts them an heir, they are repulsed by the thought of having a plant-boy as their son. The plant-boy lives a lonely life in the royal garden, until one day he hears that there is a little girl – very much like him – living in the Witch’s Grand Palace. Feeling unwanted and unloved, the plant-boy escapes and sets off on a wild and whimsical adventure. He soon finds himself narrowly escaping captors, fleeing monsters, and ultimately finding a friend.”

    The Glass opera,was originally commissioned by the Teatro alla Scala with additional commissioning support by the Fondazione Musica per Roma (2009).

    Here’s a YouTube with a version of the Plant Boy’s Song:

    Comment by fflambeau — June 29, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

  2. I suspect most Americans know little about Brexit (just like most Brits did who voted for it). All you need to look at is the people involved in the camps: for Brexit (Boris Johnson; Nigel Farage; Rupert Murdoch; and, Donald Trump).

    That is all you need know.

    But, Norman Lebrecht (above) adds this: “5 The upside (To Brexit)?

    There is no upside.”

    If there is an “upside” for Americans, it might be that some of the replacement singers/conductors for what was the U.K. might now come more from the USA. That is the only upside I can think of and it is marginal at best.

    Comment by fflambeau — June 29, 2016 @ 2:46 am

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