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We must abolish music competitions

This constant effort to anticipate what might please the panel of judges is
bound to kill any genuine love of music. Another problem with competitions
is that all their complicated voting systems and rules forbidding discussion
can always be undermined by the jurors themselves. The great pianist and
critic Charles Rosen, who often sat on your jury panels, wrote that “You can
sense the disapproval or enthusiasm of the colleagues sitting next to you by
the way they squirm or breathe ecstatically, or by how emphatically they
write a large “NO!” in capital letters next to a candidate’s name.
In any case, discussion will always take place.”

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It’s hardly surprising that many of the smartest young players and singers
have abandoned competitions altogether. They’ve worked out that the vast
effort involved simply isn’t worth it, because winning a competition is no
guarantee of a career. They find different and far more creative routes to
success, by seeking out unusual repertoire, or taking their art to new
spaces and new audiences.

There are a handful of competitions which have worked hard to overcome the
peculiar hot-house artificiality of the genre, such as the Honens
competition in Calgary. But on the whole, competitions waste huge amounts of
money (often put up by well-meaning but ill-informed sponsors), they waste
the time and talents of young musicians, and they have a dubious record when
it comes to picking out the best talents. They’ve become a vast cancerous
excrescence on the body of classical music, which needs to be cut away.

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King Creosote

Scottish folk musician follows Jon Hopkins collaboration with more traditional songs

King Creosote - 'From Scotland With Love'


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In 2011, electro wunderkind Jon Hopkins took Scottish folkie legend King Creosote by the hand and led him into a dark, ambient pastoral hinterland – and the pair garnered a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their stark and stunning ‘Diamond Mine’. Creosote’s first album since doesn’t have quite the same woozy charm, trading the lush and eerie textures for gentler, more traditional ditties, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still pleasures to be plundered. ‘Miserable Strangers’ is a bruised lament that’s been chapped-and-cracked by loneliness and ‘For One Night Only’ has the same soaring euphoria as British Sea Power, but the schoolkid-assisted sea shanty of ‘Bluebell, Cockleshell, 123’ feels like a backwards step after such innovation last time round.

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