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
Several of the Proms have celebrated the American composer Leonard Bernstein in his centenary. Nothing has been more rapturously received than Bernstein’s musical West Side Story performed at the halfway weekend by the John Wilson Orchestra under the founder-conductor...read more
by Fiona Hook Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is perhaps most famous for the YouTube clip, viewed over a million times, in which he sings Vivaldi in cutoffs and trainers. He’s also a champion breakdancer and looks like a more cheerful version of...read more
By Rick Jones Oh for goodness’ sake. The Proms begin and all anyone can talk about is applause in the wrong place. The audience clapped the individual planets of the Solar System instead of waiting for Neptune at the end of Holst’s suite on opening night. Pluto was...read more
Victims of love As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods: but in Longborough Festival Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, it’s the girls you have to watch. Love, Fortune and Virtue – the mismatched trio of allegorical figures who provide...read more