Portsmouth’s classical orchestras and choirs are striving to reach new audiences

As the music swells and reaches its crescendo, the orchestra’s playing becomes increasingly intense.

The audience listens in rapt attention, some with eyes closed letting the music envelop them, others watch the conductor keenly as he leads his charges to the finale. Classical music has been with us for centuries, its symphonies’ enduring appeal testimony to their timeless quality.

According to industry figures, recorded classical music was the fastest growing sector in 2018, with online streaming rising by 42 percent, and CD sales bucking the overall downward trend and actually going up by 6.9 percent.

But with more and more forms of entertainment competing for our attention, something that requires concentration is going to find it difficult to satisfy the modern audience’s demands for instant gratification.

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