The world of classical music to the performer is significantly different from the perception of the listener, writes Nicole Canham, and they are growing further apart. But today we are in a unique position - the middle of a creativity revolution, inventing new forms of popular culture in which everyone can be a participant. TV shows like MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance? for example. Everyone is open to the idea of making their lives more beautiful or successful. Shouldn't we be adding the enjoyment of classical music to that list? What really inspires people is awakening to their flair. Canham suggests how this might be done and describes her own experience of developing an opera from a story developed by her audience.
Democracy vs Creativity in Australian Classical Music