CLASSICAL MUSIC: Difficult, dangerous, disturbing. Young people stay away!

Stephen Hough writes: Recently a study was published revealing that an increasing number of children were choosing electric guitars and keyboards over violins and recorders. I must say I was surprised when I read this, not because of the shift itself but because I'd imagined this had happened long ago. The study suggested that wanting to emulate the quick-fix fame of contestants on shows like The X Factor was behind the trend but haven't young people been choosing the Beatles over Beethoven for more than half a century now?

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