Is it Music, or Cheese?

The British may be a nation of music lovers but they are clueless when it comes to classical composers, a survey has revealed.

One in three people (33 per cent) have never listened to classical music and a small number of people (4 per cent) identified Bocconcini — small Italian cheese balls — as a composer.

Most people were unable to link composers to their masterpieces, the Reader's Digest survey of 1,516 people found.

Fans Approve of Acoustics

Although musicians have been generally positive about the new acoustic design of the Royal Festival Hall since it was overhauled by sound engineers in 2007, audience reactions have been more mixed.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s latest release, Brahms Symphony 4 (SDG), weighs into the debate with evidence that the acoustics allow for an extraordinary amount of detail to be heard. Here, the venue feels like a perfect match for a conductor as keen on precision as Gardiner.

BBC Proms Smash Records

A record number of sell-out events for this year's Proms, including performances by Plácido Domingo in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra and Bryn Terfel in Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, have seen the average attendance for concerts at the Albert Hall in London soar to 4,000 people.

Since the Proms opened on July 16, the hall has been, on average, 92 per cent full compared with 87 per cent in 2009.

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