Monday, August 07, 2006

The problem with Audiences...


Performers depend on their audiences. That much is a fact.

No Audience, no appreciation, no money and thus, no performer. The cultural and creative arts suddenly vanish off the face of the Earth.

The Liverpool Philharmonic ( - of whom I know a fair few of its players - is suffering from a distinct lack of audience.

I'd like to say that it's because of more interesting cultural events, or that the programmes aren't quite 'audience friendly' - i.e. only the 'connoisseurs' of music (those who profess to know more than they do, claim to be able to do more than they can, and drop names at every juncture) would attend - but it isn't the case.

Recently, they refused to renew the contract for their now leaving director, Jerry Schwartz. He is being replaced this coming summer by Vasili Petrenko - a young Russian conductor whom local critics, audiences and the Phil members themselves are keen to see at work.

If you are reading this, please book a ticket to a concert - any concert - and help them out. If you don't live in Liverpool, go and support you local orchestra!

For those of you who don't think that it's your scene - I heard of a story from one of the BBC Phil Trombonists who was really stunned when, whilst playing in a concert in the PROMS series, saw two teenage girls in tears. I can't remember what they were playing (some opera, I think) but it had a profound effect on those two members of the audience. Simillar scenes were seen at Glastonbury when sections of Wagner's 'The Valkyrie' was performed.

Hope to see you there,

Sapere Aude.