Lang Lang:  there may be nothing better for a man with such startling facility and strong ideas than music so new that its performing traditions have yet to be established

When I went to hear Lang Lang in Birmingham earlier this month, the person seated next to me was a Chinese girl, who struck up a conversation a(...)

Paul Hillier: ‘Young people are much more open to contemporary serious music. They won’t have this existential crisis that they’re a concert of new choral music’

When Paul Hillier became artistic director of the National Chamber Choir six years ago, he probably had no accurate idea of what his future wou(...)

‘Engaging and sometimes crusty’: Harrison Birtwistle, who gave a public interview at the New Music Dublin festival. Photograph: Getty

In the world of classical music, contemporary music has a bad name. The undesirable reputation attaches itself to new music, too, just as it did in(...)

Paul Hillier’s ‘ability to navigate the atlas of choral repertoire must be second to none’. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s an old adage that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. But sometimes one little word makes all the difference. And at o(...)