The aims of the Music Section of the Critics’ Circle are: a) to promote the art of criticism and to uphold its integrity in practice; b) to foster and safeguard the professional interests of its members and to provide opportunities for social intercourse among them; and c) to support the advancement of the arts. Though the Circle is decidedly not a trade union, it tries to encourage best practice.
We meet to discuss and decide bread and butter matters three times a year. Occasionally we host meetings with a leading figure from the music world. We also hold luncheons or dinners to celebrate the lifetime achievement of some very special artist, writer, composer or instrumentalist. The music section has about 80 members. At present, it consists overwhelmingly of classical music and opera critics, though we welcome critics of other kinds of music (jazz, pop, and world music).
News & Reviews
Summer lovin' by Lucien Jenkins An enthusiastic audience was happy to welcome back the Robert Carsen account of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, first heard at the Coliseum over twenty years ago. Its signature look was and is making up the entire stage as a large...read more
Dead loss By Tom Sutcliffe The Royal Opera House has taken a long time catching up with Janáček, whose Dostoevsky-based From the House of Dead, his final work for the theatre unseen at his death, is only just getting its first Covent Garden airing in a revised and...read more
Fairy bad by Tom Sutcliffe English National Opera has had mixed experience with Gilbert & Sullivan - apart from Jonathan Miller’s never-fading Mikado brilliantly (and very distinctively) designed by Stefanos Lazaridis. Who now remembers Ken Russell’s tedious Princess...read more