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

The name comes from a movement title in the piano concerto by Edmund Rubbra (1901-86). 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 PR-led ‘sponsored content’.

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.

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I grew up near Basingstoke in Hampshire, UK. After taking up piano and guitar, I went on to study music at Cambridge. I later set up Corymbus as a blog to share some of the music I love with new listeners. I currently divide my time between Hampshire and London and have a wide range of interests outside of music. You can follow me on twitter at @sbrackenborough.

Illuminating Classical Music