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Classical Music (magazine)

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Editor  Kimon Daltas
First issue  25 September 1976
Country  UK
Frequency  Monthly
Company  Rhinegold Publishing
Website  Official site

Classical Music is a trade magazine for the classical music profession. It co-sponsors the annual ABO/Rhinegold Awards for backstage work in music, held for the first time in January 2012 - and has correspondents in Great Britain and in New York City.


Its website includes news on the classical music industry. The magazine published an account of the interruption by protesters of the Jerusalem Quartet's concert at London's Wigmore Hall on 29 March 2010. It is published by Rhinegold Publishing, and the editor is Kimon Daltas.


Classical Music subscribers receive supplements throughout the year, which are available to buy separately. The following are currently available:

  • Choral 2014
  • Conservatoires & Education 2013
  • Competitions 2014
  • Festivals 2014
  • Scholarships 2014
  • Strings 2014
  • Summer Schools 2014
  • Composers & New Music 2012
  • Brass & Wind 2012
  • Content

    Each issue consists of the following broad plan:

  • Contents and Editorial: What features in the current issue, with a brief welcoming passage written by editor Kimon Daltas
  • News: The magazine includes at least four pages of news every month
  • Barlines: Usually four pages of 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 five-minute interview
  • Premieres: Two pages, comprising listings of premiere performances for the month and a ‘Premiere Choice’ composer interview. Full listings where space is not available feature on the magazine's website
  • Features
  • Meet the Maestro: A two-page conductor interview
  • Book reviews
  • Recording: Double-page-spread of news and reviews on the latest releases, by regular records correspondent Phillip Sommerich or deputy Guy Weatherall
  • Broadcasting: In-depth feature and guide to what to listen out for in the following weeks, by broadcasting correspondent Richard Fawkes
  • Next issue guide
  • Letters
  • Hornblower’s diary
  • History

    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 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, BBC Radio 3 presenter Graeme Kay, opera producer Mike Ashman and Fleet Street arts correspondent Dalya Alberge.


    Classical Music (magazine) Wikipedia

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