BBC Music - April 2020

BBC Music - April 2020

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What better way to get into classical music than in the company of a celebrated musician? The Southbank’s Encounters scheme recently invited a bunch of classical music newcomers to experience world-class music-making, guided by, among others, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, violinist Nicola Benedetti and baritone, composer and all-round musical hero Roderick Williams. Williams took our writer Ian Taylor, himself a concert newbie, under his wing, and together they enjoyed a little light Rachmaninov and a bit of Holst. But was Williams’s enthusiasm enough to make a convert out of our unsuspecting good sport? Find out on p38. As with most things, I suspect that the key to loving music is largely down to the person who introduces you to it in the first place, whether a teacher, parent or friend. The music itself almost seems secondary. Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner – all these I heard as a kid in the car down to Devon, each later proving handy springboards to other composers and works. So who or what inspired you in our musical passions – and how? The festival scene is almost upon us, and artists up and down the land are busily learning new repertoire. How many, I wonder, will be using iPads instead of sheet music? On p42, Lucy Parham tests out the latest apps, each promising to provide top scores…

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