Lucy Thraves


BBC Radio 3 and AHRC project to celebrate diversity in classical music

3:13, 28th September 2020

A new partnership between BBC Radio 3 and UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will celebrate and give recognition to ethnically diverse classical music composers. 

AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are inviting expressions of interest from arts and humanities researches based in the UK from all disciplines specialising, or with interests in, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse classical music composers.

Expressions of interest must focus on a single historical (ie deceased) composer from any part of the world, who has written orchestral, chamber and/or choral music.

The successful researches will be able to share the stories of these composers with a wider audience by feeding the research into BBC programming, and working with the BBC to showcase the composer’s work in a special concert which will be broadcast in autumn/winter 2021.

June Sarpong, BBC’s director of Creative Diversity, said: ‘We want to lead the way on diversity at the BBC, creating a more inclusive industry across all areas including classical music and the arts, but we can’t do it alone.

‘By working together with our partners, like the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to research, record, and play composers who have been forgotten through history, the BBC can help change the perception of classical music and who it is for; providing new discoveries to music lovers everywhere and inspiring generations to come with the work of composers that represent modern Britain.’

More information can be found here.

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