Jonny Greenwood, the Radiohead guitarist, is concerned about classical concerts.
– ‘I think there’s something quite off-putting when you turn up and are given a seat number. It’s all quite formal.’
– It’s a little dispiriting to find how rigidly programmes are set. It’s very peculiar that usually orchestras know exactly what they are going to play two years ahead of time and it’s all booked, programmes are printed.’
– ‘In one of Mozart’s early letters, he’s boasting about one of his concerts to his father and is saying, ‘It’s amazing, the audience heard the first few bars and they liked the idea so they started clapping’, and it had that kind of excitement about it, which has kind of been squeezed out by the reverence and silence with which most classical concerts are done in now…. ‘And those 10 seconds of silence after every classical piece is played on the radio for it to sink in. It’s a bit peculiar.’
Can’t fault him, really.
He’s attempting a classical gig in Manchester next Friday.