New Classical Music: Torture or Temptation?

July 17, 2008

As Guardian readers will already be aware, there’s a debate raging within the publication’s pages – both in print and online: a debate inspired by Joe Queenan’s article on the ‘tortuous’ nature of new classical music, and to which ENO’s Artistic Director John Berry has responded.  Given the contraversial nature of Queenan’s argument that new classical music leaves something to be desired, it’s not suprising that a whole host of responses have appeared online, making for some fascinating reading!


Read Joe Queenan’s full article:,,2289751,00.html 

Read John Berry’s full article:,,2290929,00.html

Tom Service’s Blog:  


You can also listen to John Berry and Joe Queenan debate live on air on WNYC radio! 


JOIN THE DEBATE!  What do you think about new classical music?…  



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