In my new monthly column in the Spectator, I write about London’s fading fortunes as an orchestral capital.
Since the column is pay-walled, all I can offer here is a taster:
(There used to be) a buzz around our concert halls. Principal players turned down fat orchestra jobs in Germany, half the work for twice the pay, because London was too exciting to leave. Every hot conductor came to be tested in the London furnace. Competition sizzled between the bands.
And then it died.
You’ll have to buy a copy, out now, or subscribe.
Pictured: LPO at the exit gates