Chairman: Robert Thicknesse
Vice-Chair: Charlotte Gardner
Hon Secretary: Guy Rickards
The aims of the Music Section of the Critics’ Circle are: a) to promote the art of criticism and to uphold its integrity in practice; b) to foster and safeguard the professional interests of its members and to provide opportunities for social intercourse among them; and c) to support the advancement of the arts. Though the Circle is decidedly not a trade union, it tries to encourage best practice. We meet to discuss and decide bread and butter matters twice a year. We make prestigious yearly awards to up and coming musicians in a variety of categories. Occasionally we host meetings with a leading figure from the music world. We also hold luncheons or dinners to celebrate the lifetime achievement of some very special artist, writer, composer or instrumentalist. The music section has about 91 members. At present, it consists overwhelmingly of classical music and opera critics, though we welcome critics of other kinds of music (jazz, pop, and world music).

News & Reviews

The night Eurovision came to Umag

It's coming home! Or is it? An expectant crowd watches the show in Croatia... It was the second Saturday in May. At 8pm, as rosy dusk fell on the Croatian coastal resort of Umag, a lone herring-gull flew over the concrete hulk of the town's scruffy Shopping Centre, a...

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My Song in October

Seabourne Steps, Volume 8: “My Song in October”.  September, Just Septembers* Michael Bell (piano). *Karen Radcliffe (soprano). Sheva Contemporary  SH326 (75 minutes) Guy Rickards reviews the latest release of music by a composer who constantly flies under the radar....

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Terrific performance of Messiaen's paean to love, joy and the flow of time, featuring a former CC Music Section laureate Thomas Kelly, piano, Imsu Choi, ondes martenot, Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra / Jac van Steen - Royal Festival Hall, May 1, 2024 “A...

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Donna Lennard, Kensington SO / Russell Keable

Sensational revival of McCabe's Notturni ed Alba; UK premiere of Kats-Chernin's Big Rhap; VW London St John’s Smith Square, London, October 16th, 2023 It has become something of a commonplace to regard the Kensington Symphony Orchestra as the finest amateur orchestra...

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