Big crescendo for clas­si­cal mu­sic as UK sales rocket

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

WATCH out Ed Sheeran – be­cause the fastest-grow­ing sec­tor of Bri­tain’s mu­sic in­dus­try is in clas­si­cal works.

As a na­tion, we lis­tened to ten per cent more clas­si­cal tracks last year than we did in 2017. Yet across all gen­res, the in­crease was a more mod­est 5.7 per cent.

Fig­ures from in­dus­try body BPI re­vealed that more than 2.2 mil­lion clas­si­cal al­bums were pur­chased, down­loaded or streamed in 2018.

Stream­ing in­creased by 42 per cent, com­pared to 33 per cent for the mar­ket as a whole, while clas­si­cal mu­sic also bucked the trend for de­clin­ing CD sales – with an al­most 7 per cent rise in the sales of discs.

An­drea Bo­celli’s Si was the best-sell­ing al­bum of the year, while Ital­ian com­poser Lu­dovico Ein­aud was the lead­ing clas­si­cal artist on stream­ing ser­vices.

Ge­off Tay­lor, from the BPI, said: ‘This is a dy­namic mo­ment in the his­tory of clas­si­cal mu­sic.’

How­ever, the genre re­mains a small part of the mu­sic in­dus­try, rep­re­sent­ing just 1.5 per cent of the 142.9 mil­lion al­bums ‘con­sumed’ last year.

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