Kate Bush: ‘I like the idea of emulating classical music’

Singer says the thought of classical composition appeals to her

Kate Bush has said that she likes the idea of “emulating classical music” in her work, although she claimed she lacked the compositional ability to create her own classical piece.

In an interview with The Independent, the singer said there were elements of classical music in her new album ’50 Words For Snow’, which is released on November 21, and hinted that she found the idea of classical composition appealing.

She said:

I quite like the idea of emulating classical music in what I do. I’m not able to orchestrate, but I can certainly direct, and give ideas. Although this isn’t a classical album at all, in some ways it holds elements of that.


Bush also discussed working with comedian Stephen Fry, who features on one of the album’s tracks. “I doubt if anyone coaches Stephen about anything,” she said when asked if she’d tutored him in the studio. “He’s way ahead of everyone all the time, isn’t he?

“Really, it was just a case of focusing on the tone of it, him finding what his character was, because he is an absolutely brilliant actor.”

’50 Words For Snow’ will be Bush’s 10th studio album and her second of 2011, following her ‘Director’s Cut’ LP from May which re-worked versions of tracks from her 1989 record ‘The Sensual World’ and 1993’s ‘The Red Shoes’. It is also her first album of entirely new material since the release of ‘Aerial’ in 2005.

You can see the video for the album’s first single, ‘Wild Man’, by clicking below, and you can read a review of the album by NME‘s Priya Elan by visiting NME.com/blogs.