Chris Horkan

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Muso magazine

Posted on October 20, 2008 Comments Off on Muso magazine

Besides sub-editing, proofreading, and organising contributors for Muso, a cutting-edge classical music magazine for young people (18-30), I also write news, reviews and features for both the bi-monthly UK and quarterly US/Canadian editions.

I’m a musician, but not classically trained, so hardly a day goes by when I don’t discover something new about the genre – a real perk of the job. Plus, a lot of my favourite artists fall loosely into the classical sphere: Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Clint Mansell, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Hauschka and Amiina, to name a few.

As a feature writer, I tend to do profile pieces and in-depth guides, particularly on music’s evolving relationship with technology and innovation. Here are a few samples on Muso’s online arm,, which I’m also editor of:

Composing for computer games
Chris horkan asks if video games are killing off the film music stars – and creating opportunities in the process

Denis Patkovic
The German accordionist tells Chris Horkan why he’s intent on establishing his instrument in the classical discipline

The Met: Live in HD
The success of The Met: Live in HD is inspiring opera companies and fans alike. Chris Horkan catches up with the person who conceived it

Christopher Nupen
From Du Prè and Barenboim to Milstein and Perlman, Christopher Nupen has worked with – and befriended – the greats. Chris Horkan meets him

Instant concert recordings
It’s now possible to sell live concert recordings before the audience has even left the building. Chris Horkan discovers how
A website is offering musicians the chance to raise £15,000 in eight weeks. Chris Horkan wonders if the deal’s too good to be true

The University of Leeds
Leeds has a reputation for clubbing and festivals, but is its classical music scene quite so glittering? Chris Horkan visits the University of Leeds
Chris Horkan logs on to and discovers how music can be sociable

Second Life
Chris Horkan finds out how musicians are discovering a whole new world of opportunities through online phenomenon Second Life

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has already won over Canada. Now, he tells Chris Horkan, it’s Europe’s turn

About Chris Horkan

I'm a journalist and web developer based in Manchester, England. I specialise in arts, culture, technology and the internet.