Instead of a byword for sloppy low standards and dilettantes, Tom Service wants you to think of amateurs as an essential and vital force in music for the last three centuries.
Today, 'amateur' has become a byword for sloppiness and low standards. But for centuries amateurs were the bedrock of musical life and an essential and vitalising force for composers, providing not only a cohort of highly-accomplished performers and the most discerning audience but also a lucrative vein to be mined by music publishers. To find out how and why attitudes changed - and if they are still changing - Tom Service is joined by writer and historian Katy Hamilton.
David Papp (producer)