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, 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]

Writing in the August 2020 edition of BBC Music Magazine, Morrison called for the dropping of three nationalistic songs, "Jerusalem", "Rule, Britannia!" and "Land of Hope and Glory", from the Last Night of the Proms, the last two being in his opinion "bordering on incendiary" in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.[5]


  • Morrison, Richard (2004). Orchestra: The LSO – a Century of Triumph and Turbulence. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571215836.[6] (2004)


  1. Consumer Media (2012), Professional Publishers Association (PPA).
  2. Morrison, Richard (February 2012). The day I got back on my bike, The Times (subscription required)
  3. Humphreys, Garry (2008). "Rhosymedre" as you've never heard it before, Church Times (cf. Rhosymedre (hymn tune)).
  4. "Furore over 'sexist' opera critics". 22 May 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Simon Osborne (11 July 2020). "Poll: Should 'Rule Britannia' and 'Land of Hope and Glory' be banned from Proms? Vote". The Daily Express. London. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  6. Higgins, Charlotte (2004). "One hundred years of attitude", review, The Guardian, 14 February 2004