Celebrating diversity in classical music: Black Lives In Music presents Classically Black at Kings Place

Celebrating diversity in classical music: Black Lives In Music presents Classically Black at Kings Place
Ayanna Witter Johnson (Photo: Misan Harriman)
Ayanna Witter-Johnson (Photo: Misan Harriman)

Black Lives In Music (BLiM) is an organisation set up to address racial inequality in the music industry and create opportunities for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians and professionals today. BLiM recently announced a landmark 10 Point Orchestral Plan, introduced with the Musicians’ Union and Association Of British Orchestras. 33 organisations have signed up so far, with leading orchestras including the five BBC Orchestras and BBC Singers, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. After becoming aware of shocking abuse, BLiM has also launched their new survey, Your Safety Your Say, to address bullying and harassment in the music industry. BLiM will use the anonymous survey to collect real world data.

On 19 October 2024, BLiM is presenting Classically Black at Kings Place,  one-day symposium exploring the cutting edge of classical music. There will be two newly commissioned works by British Black composers,  jazz pianist Pete Letanka and saxophonist/composer Jason Yarde, along with Julian Joseph‘s Violin Concerto, to be performed and recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus a late afternoon showcase for emerging talent, networking opportunities, interactive discussions, panels, and music workshops. In the evening, singer/songwriter, cellist, pianist, composer, Ayanna Witter-Johnson is joined by friends for a concert highlighting how her classical tone weaves its way through her musical roots of reggae, soul and jazz.

Full details for Classically Black from Kings Place website.


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