Classical Music editor is replaced by celebrity guests

Classical Music editor is replaced by celebrity guests


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2017

Kimon Daltas has departed as editor of Classical Music magazine.

He will be replaced by celebrity guest editors.

Read the press release below:




Rhinegold Publishing appoints managing editors to consolidate and develop classical music magazine portfolio


Rhinegold Publishing Ltd, the UK’s leading publisher of classical music periodicals, is delighted to announce the extension of its partnership with the editorial consultancy C Sharp LLP to encompass a wider range of its specialist music magazine portfolio.


Ash Khandekar and Owen Mortimer, the directors of C Sharp, have been appointed as Managing Editors, overseeing commissioning and editorial content across five core Rhinegold titles: Opera Now, Classical Music,International Piano, Choir & Organ and Early Music Today.

With the departure of Kimon Daltas as Editor of Classical Music magazine (CM), Katy Wright, currently News Editor, will step up to the role of CM’s Deputy Editor.

Future issues of Classical Music magazine will be curated by Guest Editors who will be prominent figures with relevant expertise and experience, drawn from the classical music sector and beyond, putting the magazine at the heart of the music industry and its most pressing concerns.

The restructuring of Rhinegold’s magazine business will result in greater co-ordination across the company’s publishing portfolio, with a team of more than 50 specialist correspondents worldwide bringing their expertise to our print and online offerings. The new editorial framework also allows for more effective marketing and promotional partnerships within the music industry, as well as greater exposure for advertisers in a range of different media.

Derek Smith, the owner and Publisher of Rhinegold Publishing Ltd, said: ‘Our partnership with C Sharp has already achieved positive results, enabling us to stabilise and consolidate the success and reputation of Opera Now and International Piano. As we expand this partnership into other areas of our publishing business, we anticipate that a co-ordinated editorial approach, attuned to the needs of a fast-changing music industry, will help us to give the best service possible to our readers and business associates.’

Ash Khandekar, a former Deputy Editor of Classical Music magazine and Editor of Opera Now magazine since 1997, said: ‘This is a real opportunity for C Sharp to bring its editorial experience to bear in a range of Rhinegold’s publishing platforms, ensuring that we can serve the classical music sector as fully as possible. We aim to give Rhinegold’s specialist titles a united voice that will champion the classical music world, promoting its activities, addressing its challenges and capturing the passion of the people who work within it.’

Owen Mortimer, Editor of International Piano since 2015, said: ‘We are excited to be taking on a bigger role within Rhinegold and look forward to building on our success with Opera Now and International Piano. Inviting guest editors and writers from across the classical music sector, we aim to create informative, stimulating and entertaining content for dedicated music lovers, written by musicians and music industry experts. In particular, we plan to develop content and partnerships that will raise the already substantial online presence of Rhinegold’s titles, reaching new readers worldwide who share a love of classical music.’



  • Sarah Brown says:

    What a shame to see Kimon depart as Editor