BBC Radio 3 encourages diversity at Manchester conference

Applications have opened for the station’s Diversity and Inclusion in Composition event to celebrate composers from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

Published: July 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

For the 70th anniversary year of BBC Radio 3 precursor The Third Programme, the station is encouraging more composers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to get involved in music-making.


Applications are now open for The Diversity and Inclusion in Composition Conference which is taking place at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Wednesday 19 October. It will explore how the diversity of music can be increased, with talks, live music from the BBC Philharmonic and a special live broadcast of In Tune with Suzy Klein. The event, in partnership with BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and in association with the BBC Black and Asian Forum, is open to all involved in classical music-making, from commissioners through to venue managers and music students.

Speakers include Chi-chi Nwanoku (pictured), the founder of the Chineke! Foundation, and Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3. Davey explains that as a cultural patron, the station has a duty to promote composers that reflect the cultural diversity of the UK. 'The more we invest in diversity, the more talent and interesting art will emerge,' he says. 'In our 70th anniversary year, we’ll be looking to take lessons from the forum so that we expand the canon for the future, while also inspiring new audiences to connect with music.'

Members of the public with an interest in the subject are being encouraged to get involved. For more information and to register, click here


Alec Evans

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