BBC treats living composers as ‘pond life’main
Oliver Knussen issued the following diatribe last night at the Ivor Novello awards:
‘Some of us who write music today, we don’t write very far out music, we don’t write very populist music, we write what we believe in and to communicate a vision.
‘There are an extraordinary number of incredibly gifted young composers … please BBC don’t relegate all of us to a two-hour slot that you seem to regard as a place to put pond life.
‘Our music is to be used, we write it for us and sometimes it’s a little prickly but some very nice things are prickly, I’ve heard.’