About

The aim of Corymbus is to illuminate classical music for a diverse audience, through writing that is accessible, in-depth, and free to all.

The name comes from a movement title in the piano concerto by Edmund Rubbra. With its roots in Greek mythology and botany, the word symbolises two of the motives behind the website: to shine a light on riches in the classical repertoire, and to explore the connections between music and other fields.

The editorial priorities are to feed curiosity, celebrate variety and diversity, and give thoughtful perspectives about what music has to say.

Corymbus will always be free to access, and independent of commercial interests. This means no paywalls, no adverts, and no promotional material.

However, I need your help to achieve these goals. If you believe in the value of what I’m doing, please consider funding Corymbus via Patreon or Paypal. This is essential for securing the site’s future.

If you would like to write for the site, find more details here.

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Simon Brackenborough, founder and editor of Corymbus.

What the readers say:

‘A riveting read with some excellent examples. A model of how to write about music on the internet.’ The Symphonist.

‘Currently, some of the most thoughtful and well presented pieces on classical music come from this source.’ Mike Hamlin, writer.

‘This, by Corymbus, is great on rediscovering neglected music and neglected nature.’ – George Monbiot, Guardian columnist and author.

‘An absolutely fantastic article on Ruth Gipps’ – James Turnbull, oboist and founder of Ensemble Perpetuo.

‘Another excellent article – this time on medieval carols & lullabies – on Corymbus’ – Stuart MacRae, composer.

‘Great article about Malcolm Arnold’ – Charles Hazlewood, conductor and broadcaster.

‘Can’t overstate how much I enjoyed and took away from this fantastic piece.’ – Brett Mitchell, Music Director of the Colorado Symphony.

‘A fascinating post by Corymbus on illness & creativity in music’ – Terri Windling, writer and editor.

‘This is a wonderful piece on the great English Hymnal’ – Jonathan Mills, writer.

Fantastic blog from Corymbus, with lots that music educators should think about and discuss with their students’ Alison Butler, music teacher and PhD student.

‘Brilliant, thoughtful new blog … great stuff’ – Bernard Hughes, composer.

‘What a simply brilliant, and immensely illuminating, article. Thank you.’ – Tom Gauterin, conductor and music director of Bristol Classical Players.

‘Discovered the excellent Corymbus website and enjoyed this particular article very much’Colin Hoad.

This is absolutely fascinating on Lord Alfred Douglas after Oscar Wilde from Corymbus’ – Eleanor Fitzsimons, author of Wilde’s Women.

‘Well done on creating Corymbus… great to keep classical music alive & to enable people to learn more about it’. – Ninchini, composer.

‘Really interesting on the ondes Martenot and Messiaen from Peter Asimov for Corymbus’ – J.P. Robinson.