About Classical Music magazine

CM1115_001_Cover.inddNovember 2015

This month’s issue includes:

OXFORD PHILHARMONIC: New brand, big plans

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER: On a mission at Birmingham Conservatoire

JEFFREY SKIDMORE: The conductor on Ex Cathedra’s Brazilian Adventures CD

CONCORDIA FOUNDATION: Making music more accessible for 25 years

INDEPENDENT OPERA: The company takes on a Voseček UK premiere

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS: Conference preview and more


ECONOMIC EAR: Where does the money come from to fund classical music?

Q&A: Eleanor Gussman


Plus much more including news, premieres, the latest from the recording studio, broadcasting highlights and book & CD reviews.

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Classical Music started out as Classical Music Weekly, launched under editor Trevor Richardson in 1976. In a retrospective for the 500th issue, he wrote ‘CMW was printed on the same presses as Private Eye at the Socialist Workers Press in Bethnal Green … We worked hard, laughed a lot and panicked frequently.’ After nine months, Rhinegold Publishing took over the title, changing the frequency to fortnightly. After a further nine months, as Classical Music & Album Review, in 1979 it was given the enduring title Classical Music. The second editor of the magazine, Robert Maycock, held the position from September 1977 to June 1986. He was succeeded by Graeme Kay, who was in turn succeeded by Keith Clarke in 1991. Current editor Kimon Daltas took over in 2013. Past members of the magazine’s editorial team include The Times’ chief music critic Richard Morrison, the Independent‘s Jessica Duchen, BBC Radio 3 presenter Graeme Kay, opera producer Mike Ashman and Fleet Street arts correspondent Dalya Alberge.

Current format

Cover price: £4.95

The magazine is now a monthly publication, which accompanies this website. Each issue of the magazine includes:

  • News
  • Barlines: shorter news stories and listings in the following categories: musical chairs (tracking changes in personnel throughout the industry), announcements, awards, opportunities, events, and obituaries
  • Q&A: Topical interview
  • Premieres: listings of premiere performances for the month and a ‘Premiere Choice’ composer interview
  • In-depth features covering a wide variety of topics
  • Book reviews
  • Recording: news and reviews on the latest releases, by regular records correspondents Phillip Sommerich and Guy Weatherall
  • Broadcasting: In-depth feature and guide to what to listen out for in the following weeks, by broadcasting correspondent Richard Fawkes
  • Job vacancies from across the industry
  • Letters
  • Hornblower’s diary



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