Asking the question, ‘What have you always wanted to broadcast about classical music?’ classikON aims to dispel the bad reputation the genre has developed.
Richard Walthew described chamber music as “the music of friends”, with this form of classical music cited as being social as well as musical, however with more cultural pursuits to compete against classical music has been struggling to be noticed as it once was.
“Once fun, classical music has become all too serious. Those who really love it see classical music as meaningful entertainment and a great way to spend their time,” classikON founder Kate Tribe said.
“classikON is calling on classical music fans to voice their opinions loudly and proudly by putting together a short phrase explaining what they want to broadcast about it,” she added.
“Winning entries will be designed as classikON T-shirts,” Kate said.
Kate had toyed with the idea of getting classikON’s members to help spread the word, but her plan solidified when she thought about connecting the music with an item of clothing everyone owned.
“I’ve always had a favourite phrase when responding to people asking why I attend so many classical music concerts: ‘No, I’m not a musician. I just happen to like the s#!t’,” Kate laughed.
“We want people to have some fun and be creative with their phrases, but most of all we want to know what they really want to share about classical music!”
classikON shares the wide range of classical music being performed live, all over Australia. Recently celebrating its first birthday, the site has listed more than 500 concerts at almost 200 venues around the country.
Website users can find concerts by state, price, musicians and instrument, and they can also read up on their favourite musicians and groups via the classikON profiles.