The first in a series of posts that detail the themes and ideas developed over the course of research into the history of live music in the UK. Here, Simon Frith takes a materialist approach to live music, examining the factors necessary for a live music event. Simon also offers an initial typology of performance spaces and examines how the venues in which live music events take place have affected the evolution of live music promotion.
A study of the materials that surround LPs and CDs as part of a cultural history of the record, and how the phonograph helped to democratise classical music by enabling it to be heard at home.
A history of music in London during the second half of the eighteenth century, a period which saw the establishment of the public concert.
Illustrated paperback history of the Wigmore Hall, London.
Critique of orchestral music in London by Gavin Henderson, then Manager of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Artistic Director of the York Festival.
Illustrated hardback history of the (BBC) Promenade Concerts.
Illustrated history of the development of buildings for music from the 17th- to the late 20th-century, charting the often symbiotic relationship between architecture and musical form and style.
A history of London’s Queen’s Hall, destroyed by enemy action in 1941.