Classical music is surprisingly controversial.
For some, it’s a pinnacle of cultural achievement. For others it perpetuates class inequality and upholds ‘white middle class social domination’.
To controversy, we can add contradiction! We love to hear the instruments and idioms of classical music in film and television (think of the theme from The Crown or the music from the Harry Potter films), but experience has shown classical music is most effective at repelling loiterers from public spaces.