The writer Brendan Behan infamously described critics as ‘like eunuchs at a harem: they know how it’s done, they've seen it done every day, but they don’t know how to do it themselves’.
What role do critics play today? Is their job to act as more as informed reviewers and guides to the cultural landscape or do they have a greater role to play in shaping taste? Is serious criticism in seemingly terminal decline or are critics simply being held to stricter account in the digital age? On what criteria should critics base their judgements?
This Royal Philharmonic Society discussion is given in partnership with Battle of Ideas as part of the Battle of Ideas 2014 Festival Weekend
ChairDr Tiffany Jenkins
sociologist and cultural commentator
chief music critic, Daily Telegraph; professor, Royal College of Music; broadcaster
tenor, columnist and author
commissioning editor, Sinfini Music
Director of Music, British Council
director, Albion Media; former London art critic, Wall Street Journal