Richard Morrison (music critic)

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Richard Morrison is an English music critic. As the chief music critic of The Times, he writes a wide-ranging cultural column which appears on Fridays. He also writes for the monthly publication BBC Music Magazine for which he won an award as columnist of the year.[1]

Morrison studied music at Cambridge University. While he is better known as a writer than a performer, he continues to perform music despite cycling injuries.[2] He is organist of St Mary's Church, Hendon, a church in the London suburbs.[3]

In 2014 he was one of a number of British critics accused of sexism in their reviews of the mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, who was singing the title role in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier.[4] Morrison, who described Erraught's portrayal of the young lover Octavian as "unsightly and unappealing", apologized by saying, "Several musicians I count as close friends tell me that what I wrote would have upset greatly the promising young singer who took the role of Octavian. I regret that."[4]


  • Orchestra: The LSO – a Century of Triumph and Turbulence[5] (2004)