I've been thinking recently about how classical music is perceived by the general public (for lack of a better phrase). It seems to me that many people still see it as elitist (in a bad sense) and exclusive but in my experience that couldn't be further from the truth, at least when referring to attending concerts. Obviously there are still issues with the affordability of music lessons, but the majority of people who listen to pop music don't play instruments - you don't have to be a performer to be a listener. In fact, in the age of Spotify, YouTube, and other internet music services listening to good music has never been cheaper or easier.
I recently read an article by David Conn called 'Follow the Money' about the role of money in the history of professional football. What struck me most in the article was the fact that last season 'the cheapest ticket to see... Chelsea, play a top Premier League match was £56.' I have never paid that much to see a concert, and don't see myself doing so in the near future - I don't have to in order to hear some great music.
That article, and the fascinating tumblr blog 'Things Apple Is Worth More Than' have inspired me to start a new series of posts: 'Things Classical Music Costs Less Than', comparing the price of tickets to various classical concerts to other (random) items. This is a bit of an experiment, and to some extent I'll probably be working it out as I go along, but I think it'll be interesting, and hopefully it has the potential to open people's eyes to just how easy it is to listen to some great classical music live.