Classical music ‘excludes’ composers from minorities



Eleanor AlbergaImage copyrightGUY LEVY
Image captionEleanor Alberga spoke about ‘a hesitancy or even condescension in welcoming black people as part of the classical music family’

Composers from minority groups are “effectively silenced” because they do not fit into classical music’s “inner club”, a composer has said.

Eleanor Alberga said the classical music world is “not very inclusive and I suspect there are wider issues here, like unconscious racism and class”.

Jamaica-born Alberga said most of her commissions came for projects with a “racial agenda” such as slavery.

She was speaking at a conference on diversity organised by BBC Radio 3.

“I think most composers tend to feel left out, and even white composers do get left out,” she told the conference in Manchester.

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