Sir Elton has pledged to help raise the £12m needed to renovate the Royal Academy of Music’s theatre.
And he dismissed the majority of contemporary pop hits as ‘packaged crap’ - while his songwriting is inspired by the likes of Bach and Beethoven.
Speaking at a private dinner, he cited a lifelong passion for classical music which in turn inspired his own songs.
He said; ‘I'f you love Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven, you can’t help but be influenced. They wrote the greatest melodies and the most beautiful things of all time.’'
He complained that modern music stars lack the ‘soul and humanity’ of singers such as Judy Garland and Nina Simone.
Elton said: ‘'Everything’s too flawless now. Everything’s autotuned, there’s no trace of humanity. If you go and see a Britney Spears concert, you might as well stay at home and watch the video.’'