This may be more of a surprise for non-lovers of classical music but a new survey has confirmed that yes, they are down with the kids.
A recent survey commissioned by Gramophone has found that fans of classical music download music just like everybody else. Says the magazine’s editor-in-chief James Jolly, “These findings overturn our preconceptions about the kind of person who buys and listens to classical music.” He goes on to call this a new generation of “iPod oldies,” adding “We can see a whole new group of mature MP3 listeners emerging”.
This 29-year-old classical music fan is always glad to do his bit to overturn such inaccurate preconceptions, Mr Jolly.
Update: It turns out I’m doing James Jolly something of a disservice here – today’s Independent includes more of his statement, which is rather more nuanced than the Guardian suggests.
All ages actively enjoy classical music, with the over-50s showing themselves to be particularly dynamic … We can see a whole new group of mature MP3 listeners – iPod oldies, perhaps – emerging who are far from old in their outlook.
That sounds more like it. And here’s Gramophone‘s own take on the story.