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The Prospect Interview #180: Classical music after Covid

The director of the Barbican on the music world's difficult year—and his hopes for the future

By Prospect Team  

As Britain slowly opens up—and cinemas, galleries, and concert halls finally return—arts and books editor Sameer Rahim talks to Nicholas Kenyon, managing director at the Barbican, about the struggles faced by Britain’s artists over the past year, and why he’s looking forward to opening the Barbican’s doors. Nicholas, who was previously director of the BBC Proms and music critic for the New Yorker and the Observer, also talks about the changing face of classical music, how Brexit will affect the music world, and writing his new book, The Life of Music: New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition.

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