Classical music is now seen increasingly by the UK television media as a peripheral minority music that has no relevance to our culture. Indeed, we are witnessing the 'banalisation of culture'. The Diamond Jubilee concert proved this yet again. The only actual classical was Lang Lang playing ridiculously shortened Liszt and Gershwin . His set lasted probably the same time as one Kylie song!
''Pop'' ( a blanket general term I use to encompass pop,dance,rap,r and b,trance,soul,dubstep etc etc etc) has triumphed. The Jubilee concert organised by..er.. Gary Barlow of Take That and featuring JLS and Jessie J demonstrates this clearly. Can you imagine George V commissioning the equivalent of Gary Barlow for an event like this?!! Pop is THE only music that the wider masses are now aware of and the BBC are partly to blame in their increasing sidelining of classical on television-though I am aware the commercial channels totally ignore it nowadays(channel 4 used to show some in the 1980/90's.) This media response was not the case in the 1920's to the 1960's for instance. British composers and performers eg. Sargent,Elgar,Walton,Barbirolli,Vaughan Williams,Holst,Boult were widely known to the public at large. Even in the 1970's Previn had his own classical show demonstrating popular works.I am seriously concerned about how classcial is becoming more sidelined as a minority music in an increasingly anti-intellectual and anti-cultural age. And this is not helped by our politically correct left wing education system which in the last 20 years has made classical just a small part of the music GCSE syllabus-with dance and rap and trance and ethnic music taking a bigger share. No wonder so many kids now have never even heard any classical and only hear it on computer games. If this does not change there will be only tiny audiences in the UK for classical in the future. We should all be worried and should speak out more.