Richard Morrison (music critic)

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]

In 2020 Morrison called for the reassessment of what he referred to as "jingoistic songs" like "Rule, Britannia!" and "Land of Hope and Glory" from the end of Last Night of the Proms, out of respect to the Black Lives Matter movement.[5]


  • Orchestra: The LSO – a Century of Triumph and Turbulence[6] (2004)


  1. ^ Consumer Media (2012), Professional Publishers Association (PPA).
  2. ^ Morrison, Richard (2012). The day I got back on my bike, The Times
  3. ^ Humphreys, Garry (2008). "Rhosymedre" as you've never heard it before, Church Times (cf. Rhosymedre (hymn tune)).
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  5. ^ Simon Osborne (11 July 2020). "Poll: Should 'Rule Britannia' and 'Land of Hope and Glory' be banned from Proms? Vote"". Daily Express. London. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  6. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (2004). "One hundred years of attitude", review, The Guardian, 14 February 2004