Classical music reborn

What would classical music look like if it became truly contemporary art?

That’s an important question, because at least in my view, classical music has to become contemporary — fully at home in our current world — if it’s going to survive. And certainly if, as Simon Rattle suggested, orchestra musicians are going to look like the people in the city they play in.

But what would a reborn — fully contemporary — classical music world look like?

I’ve begun exploring that on my blog. First part of the answer — the audience would be younger. Not just because it has to be younger for classical music to survive, but because the older audience we have now is an historical anomaly. A sign of trouble, a sign that classical music is out of touch with the rest of the world.