ABOUT LISTEN AND WRITE
Listen and Write is an online blog hosting articles by young musicians. Our blogs, reviews and programme notes centre mainly around classical music but also aim to venture into more general musical topics and genres. The site was largely a product of London's first 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. While concert halls, theatres and institutions were closing, the need to share musical opinions became evermore important. We aim to give exposure, writing opportunities and a platform to young musicians and writers to share their musical thoughts and opinions.
Hi, I'm Rita Fernandes, an Australian and Swiss musician who has recently graduated from King's College London. I currently work as a full-time music journalist at The Strad magazine, as well as the Director of the Brazil Ensemble, as part of the King's Brazil Institute, on a freelance basis. My varied experiences as a violinist, conductor, student of musicology, music journalist and event manager have all taught me the importance of discussion and communication at every stage of the musical process. In a hope to celebrate this, I decided to create a space where young musicians could discuss their opinions, thoughts and experiences through the medium of writing: an often-disregarded skill in the performance-dominated music industry. The rise in importance of online content and non-performative expressions of music during the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic pushed many of us to re-think our musical journeys in this evermore globalised yet 'socially distanced' world. And so, despite our Covid-imposed hiatus from public performances and playing opportunities, this platform ensures that our up and coming musicians continue to shape the future of classical music.