Applications are now open for Radio 3’s Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference, which aims to facilitate greater inclusion of composers and prospective composers from the UK’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in classical music composition.
The event will take place on 19 October at the Royal Northern College of Music and will be hosted in partnership with BASCA, the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Northern College of Music, and in association with the BBC Black and Asian Forum.
The conference will consider how to increase opportunities for the next generation of composers, and how the industry can best ensure inclusion and diversity of talent.
Guest speakers include composers Daniel Kidane, Jeffrey Mumford, Priti Paintal, Shirley J. Thompson, Errolyn Wallen and Raymond Yiu; Radio 3 controller Alan Davey; the BBC’s head of diversity, inclusion and succession, Tunde Ogungbesan; BASCA CEO Vick Bain; Michelle Castelletti, artistic director at the Royal Northern College of Music; Sound And Music chief executive, Susanna Eastburn; Chineke! Foundation founder, Chi-chi Nwanoku; and Toks Dada, programme coordinator at Town Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
The event is open to composers, publishers, festival directors, educators and venue managers to orchestral, chamber and operatic managers, funders, commissioners and industry bodies, as well as music students and young people.
Click here to show interest in receiving a delegate pack and registration form, which will be issued from 19 August.
After the conference sessions end, a special edition of In Tune will be broadcast live from the event. The programme will include talks from the day’s speakers and performances of works by BAME composers from the BBC Philharmonic, RNCM students and members of the Chineke! Orchestra (Britain’s first professional orchestra of BAME musicians).
The theme of the conference will be reflected in further Radio 3 programming across the week.
‘I said when I started at BBC Radio 3 that I wanted us to look at this area and we are committed to making a difference,’ said Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3. ‘The more we invest in diversity, the more talent and interesting art will emerge and we’ll be able connect our audiences with even more remarkable music and culture that is reflective of the kind of country we are.’
Toks Dada said that the conference was ‘an important opportunity […] to reflect diversity and to discuss what more needs to be done’.
He added: ‘While great progress is being made, I believe a fundamental change in how the industry operates is needed at all levels to ensure people from all ethnicities and backgrounds are inspired to enjoy and work in classical music.’