It’s Time to Talk About Classical Music’s Diversity Problem

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Che Buford, 19

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Delphine Fawundu

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Stanford Thompson

“There’s this really clever system that takes the responsibility away from the people who give opportunities and puts it on people of color. What we hear is: ‘You need to get better. You need a fellowship program. You needed to be here at a certain time in a certain place.’ And after a while of hearing that, you get really tired of it. It’s like, I can’t always be the problem.”

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Weston Sprott

“We need to establish a mechanism that makes this advocacy and mentorship something that occurs more because of structure and less because of random chance.”

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Students at Play On Philly (Sam Fritch)
The Chineke! Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2017

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Chi-chi Nwanoku

“It sounded like a global sigh of relief. We had all shades of color on that stage… it looked like London.”

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