London composers inspired by BLM confront classical music’s inequities

Female playing a violin

source: The World
published: 25 September 2020

In October, the Royal Festival Hall will feature 21 classical composers of color in its first season since the country’s first lockdown this spring.

When Courtney Bryan was studying classical music as a high school student in New Orleans, she thought about becoming a classical composer. But her classmates — and some teachers — told her to stop dreaming.

“They said my dreams were too big” for an African American teenager, she said.Next month (October 2020), Bryan will be one of 21 composers of color whose work has been chosen by Britain’s Royal Festival Hall to feature in “Inside Out,” its first season since Britain’s first lockdown in March.

The entire season will be performed in front of an empty auditorium because of the coronavirus restrictions, with audiences invited to view the performances live online and listen to some concerts live on the radio.

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