Chair: Mark Pullinger
Hon Secretary: Amanda Holloway

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

Salome, Royal Opera House

Coming to a head By Robert Thicknesse Richard Strauss’s 1905 work – a cunning undertaking which, in setting Oscar Wilde’s intentionally inflammatory play of 1891, achieved its aim of creating notoriety and instant fame – is one of those operas that, by transforming...

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Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2017

The Music Section of The Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the recipients of its Annual Awards for 2017 which are as follows: Emerging Talent (Voice) Natalya Romaniw At just 30, Natalya Romaniw’s star is in the ascendant. A voice of rare spinto warmth lends...

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Words and music

By Jessica Duchen Two less than Christmassy pieces of news in music journalism have arrived within a matter of weeks. One is that the Ham & High – more than merely a north London local paper – is dropping its classical music coverage. The other is that the Birmingham...

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Wonderful Town

The London Symphony Orchestra's final Barbican show of the year – show is more fitting than mere concert – was 90 minutes of unalloyed pleasure and delight; a suitably celebratory curtain call for new music director Simon Rattle. Rattle introduced the work, premiered...

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