Public Lecture - Professor John Sloboda, FBA

Professor John SlobodaIs the live classical concert dying?

This lecture took place on Wednesday 21 November 2012

Audiences for live classical concerts have steadily declined over the past decades. Does it matter? And if so, what can be done about it? John Sloboda takes a psychologist's perspective, reviewing what is known about why people value live performances, what puts them off, and what promoters, teachers, and - above all - the musicians themselves might do about it. The lecture will draw on research findings from a new programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, whose focus is on "Understanding Audiences", and will lead into an interactive Q&A session, moderated by the chair.

John Sloboda - 21 November


John Sloboda is Research Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has held the post of Emeritus Professor at Keele University since October 2008 and was a member of the School of Psychology at Keele from 1974, and was Director of its Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development founded in 1991. He was recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society's Presidents Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, and in 2004 was elected to Fellowship of the British Academy. His latest book is the "Handbook of Music and Emotion" co-edited with Patrik Juslin and published in 2010.