The TLS Podcast
The TLS Podcast
Oct 27, 2020
Classical music conductors: Overpaid, oversexed and over the hill?
27 min

In a special bonus podcast we bring you an episode of Stories of our times that we think you might enjoy.


The Times's chief music critic, Richard Morrison muses over whether a combination of the coronavirus, environmental concerns and the MeToo movement will be the end of the 'maestro' - the classical music conductor - as we know it. 


Guest: Richard Morrison, Times chief culture critic and music writer. 

Host: David Aaronovitch.

Clips used: Metropolitan Opera, Aurora Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, The Hendon Band YouTube Channel, ABC News, Washington Post, NBC News.

 

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