Just been reading a short book by (Scotland's best known composer) James Macmillan. It's interesting that he says that when he was growing up in a poor Ayrshire mining village, serious music was everywhere -- miners played in bands and orchestras and the idea these days that bourgeois classical music should not be inflicted on the working class would have been scoffed at then. I can still just about remember the days when an orchestral concert audience was pretty mixed in terms of age and background-- not any more. The lack of live music in public life and draconian cutbacks in music funding in general,, particularly in schools and particularly with reference to the UK, must be part of the reason. Another is the soundbyte culture where no-one ever has time for anything any more.