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Notes from the arts world

By prospect   March 2005

Hooked on WheltonLast month’s interview with the Philharmonia’s managing director David Whelton caused an odd fuss in the papers—odd because of what they chose to fuss about. Rather than picking up on Whelton’s criticisms of South Bank Centre management, press interest was piqued by his worry that it is becoming more difficult to attract the public to orchestral concerts. “Pop diet is killing cultural Britain,” ran the headline in the Observer, while the Independent’s headline implied that Whelton had described “British audiences as dumbed down and unwilling to listen.” In fact, when talking to Prospect, Whelton had been careful to…

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