Is classical music for the posh and privileged?

Is there a misconception about classical music? It seems to me that the general public thinks that it’s old fashioned or enjoyed only by older, posh people.

I disagree. It’s been around a lot longer than many other genres of music. And its power to me is that it can signify a million and one different experiences and emotions depending on who you talk to, young  or old. My take is that music, especially classical music, is for anyone and everyone, no matter their age, race, social class, especially classical music.

Which brings me to Fiori’s performance this weekend. The event puts the spotlight on young talent, whilst celebrating music with a long and treasured history.

The stunning Fawsley Lake. Photography courtesy of Julian Parfitt.
The stunning Fawsley Lake. Photography courtesy of Julian Parfitt.

You’ll be used to stunning Fiori performances in gorgeous locations, the Young Artists Recital on Sunday 2nd March is no exception as Fiori return to the beautiful Fawsley Hall. This concert features the exciting talents of Cellist Claire Babington and Pianist Pavel Timofejevsky who will treat you to:

Brahms – Cello Sonata in E minor
Mendelssohn – Song without Words in F
Schubert – Impromptu in Gb
Beethoven – Variations on ‘Bei Männern’

You may recognise the names of the musicians. Claire, sister of the fabulous Amanda Babington, both of whom are regular Fiori player, appears with the Halle Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic. She’s been playing quite a lot with Fiori recently. As for Pavel, he is a Purcell School protégé and Guardian Young Composer of the Year. All you have to do is search for him on YouTube and you’ll see the enchanted look of the audience in his performances, as with his rendition of Debussy’s Clair de Lune below.

Debussy Clair de Lune Pavel Timofejevsky

So needless to say you’ll be in good company on Sunday at 7pm. You can still get tickets and if you really feel like treating yourself, you can dine at Fawsley Hall afterwards for an additional £35. Sounds like a plan to me!

Fiori Fan



Classical music is, at its heart, the music of the people — it’s just that the people in question were born in earlier times. So whether your interest is in plain chant, medieval polyphony, the Renaissance, tight syllabic composition of the late Tudor period, baroque or later music, it was ALL composed to mean something to ordinary people; and therefore, everyone has access to it. There are thousands of works out there on Youtube, by hundreds of classical composers — find one that’s new to you today, and start enjoying; then come and hear the music in a live performance!

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