Hail! Bright Cecilia

by admin on August 25, 2009 · 4 comments

in Studio/Tech/Recording News

by Anthony Kershaw

No, this is not a review of the magnificent Henry Purcell musical ode to the patron saint of musicians and church music. This is a quick post to let you know of a very good forum for the discussion of classical music.

Running a forum is difficult. By its nature, it brings out vociferous opinions, heated discussions, and at worse, the crazy trolls we all love to despise. We had a forum for a while on a previous edition of Audiophilia. There was some excellent discourse, but I much prefer the ‘comments’ system we have now, where readers can comment directly on our reviews. That said, it was, at times, fun. Other times, I wondered where all the polite people were!

So, it was a very pleasant follow ‘tweet’ I received from @brightcecilia on Twitter this week that led me to the website. I immediately liked its style, design, font, and just about everything else. Also, in my brief time as a member, it seems to be very well moderated (read, no mean spirits, crap and trolling) with many interesting and interested posters. If you’re a classical music novice, you’ll learn lots, if you’re an expert, you’ll learn lots, too.

My compliments to owners ‘Philidor’ and ‘Florestan’ on their one year anniversary online. And I urge all lovers of classical music to take a look. Lurking is good, informed posting is even better. Enjoy. And see you at Bright Cecilia.

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Danican Philidor 08.28.09 at 9:19 am

Anthony,

Thank you for your kind words.

“Also, in my brief time as a member, it seems to be very well moderated (read, no mean spirits, crap and trolling) with many interesting and interested posters.”

Ahem… we have our moments. But the emphasis on classical music being for everyone - a plague on snobs and elitists - helps keeps the peace… most of the time. This describes how we try to operate:

http://www.brightcecilia.com/features/classicalmusicforums.html

Great site this! Good to have connected up - full marks to Twitter.

Best wishes,

Phil

admin 08.28.09 at 1:06 pm

You are most welcome.

Moments? Yes! I think I offended one or two with my criticism of some Elgar. A shooting offense in some areas of Blighty! LOL

Best of luck. Cheers, a

FK 08.28.09 at 3:11 pm

I can heartily second your endorsement of Bright Cecilia - a superb forum that’s friendly, informative and mud in the eye of some of the less pleasant online classical music fora out there.

I was quite active there myself a while ago. I hope to be so again at some point.

FK

Danican Philidor 08.29.09 at 1:36 am

“I think I offended one or two with my criticism of some Elgar. A shooting offense in some areas of Blighty! LOL”

hehe… a crack team of Brightcecilians descended on the BBC Radio 3 forums last year to defend Sir Roger Norrington who was being attacked for putting on a HIP Elgar Prom (Land of Hope and Glory, no less, on the Last Night, no less, without vibrato. GOOD GOD!).

Oh the fun we had! Oh the coronaries we almost caused in the breasts of apoplectic retired colonels across the Home Counties, who wanted poor Norrington horse whipped on the steps of his club. So please: criticise Elgar till the cows come home.

@ FK: thanks mate. Finish that splurge of work you’ve got on and come back soon!

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