Executive summary of the results of New World Symphony’s trial of four different concert formats, designed to attract new and different audiences.
A working paper on how concert etiquette intersects with the economics of prestige and social status, and how their implications for audiences and society.
A practical and basic guide for orchestras, commissioned by ABO and Orchestras Live and authored by Julie’s Bicycle, it addresses the environmental impacts of their work: from office-based work to marketing and rehearsals.
Julie Bicycle’s research project that assesses the carbon impacts of bands, orchestras and theatres touring the UK and internationally. The research is funded by the music industry, the British Council, Arts Council and Orchestras Live with support from the Association of British Orchestras.
Article exploring assumptions and experiences of audience members new to classical music. Data from focus groups and interviews reveals that feelings of inclusion and participation in the performances were important predictors of the participants’ enjoyment of the concert. Considers the implications of these findings for orchestras and concert organisations.
This paper attempts to explain the growth in the number of classical music and opera festivals, examining demand side and supply side factors.
A paper considering the aesthetic and commercial success of the ‘early music’ movement during the 1970s and 1980s, paying particular attention to discourses of authenticity and their relationship to the market-driven commercial exploitation of this form of performance.
An Arts Council England report on orchestral provision in the region – includes information about local provision, visiting orchestras, venues, promoters and local council support.
An examination of how Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice and how musicians in Britain and its former colonies have proposed ‘national’ musics – analyses a wide range of genres and debates to emphasise music a generator of value and identity.
Article addressing the question of whether opera can be brought to ‘the masses’ (defined as socio-economic groups other than A and B). Describes methodology used to gather data and analyses audience profile of opera-goers and non-attenders, making recommendations regarding marketing.