'Classical music is a unifying tonic in a world awash with trivial noise and identity politics' The Telegraph - Aug 18

Do concert halls offer something people used to get out of church?

All over the British Isles, during the summer months, there are festivals devoted to classical music. Some have become integral parts of the national culture, like the Cheltenham Festival. Others remain small and experimental, like the festivals of Presteigne and Chipping Camden. If I had time and energy I would explore them all, since nothing delights me more than a provincial town dressed up for music. But there are books to read, articles to write, meadows to mow and animals to care for. Summer is a time when I cannot travel.

Thanks to the radio, however, I can attend the greatest summer music festival of all, that of the...

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