An orchestral audience: Classical music and continued patterns of distinction

Crawford, Garry, Gosling, Victoria, Bagnall, Gaynor, & Light, Ben (2014) An orchestral audience: Classical music and continued patterns of distinction. Cultural Sociology, 8(4), pp. 483-500.

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This paper considers the key findings of a year-long collaborative research project focusing on the audience of the London Symphony Orchestra and their introduction of a new mobile telephone (‘app’) ticketing system. A mixed-method approach was employed, utilizing focus groups and questionnaires with over 80 participants, to research a sample group of university students. This research develops our understanding of classical music audiences, and highlights the continued individualistic, middle-class, and exclusionary culture of classical music attendance and patterns of behaviours. The research also suggests that a mobile phone app does prove a useful mechanism for selling discounted tickets, but shows little indication of being a useful means of expanding this audience beyond its traditional demographic.

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ID Code: 75786
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/1749975514541862
ISSN: 1749-9763
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2014 23:27
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2016 04:06

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