Heading towards the sunset or is it a new dawn?


Are we heading towards the sunset or is it a new dawn for diversity within the musical landscape?  The Advance Network what next? My organisation is not interested but can I make a difference? Can we see some organisational change already or is it too soon?

These are some of the diversity pancakes we will be making, tossing and devouring  on Shrove Tuesday at : 

The Advance Network Phase 2 Closing Event  

On:Tuesday 17th February 9 – 1 .30pm 

Where: City Hall.

Please don’t forget to register as tickets are going fast. You can access a direct link into the event website via the previous blog.

More information about our guest speakers: Milica Robson will speak about the current place of diversity within the arts and whether there has been a significant change in the last 2 years at the Arts Council. James Douglas will share his perspective on the classical music scene as he embarks on his career as a professional cellist. Beverley Mason will be presenting the executive summary of the research project she undertook for the first phase of The Advanced Network. Sean Gregory will outline some of the exciting initiatives that will actively promote diversity within the education and performance sectors.


Kuumba orchestra -2

Kuumba Youth Music will once again be running its Young Music Leaders Programme for young BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) musicians aged 14 – 17, kindly supported by the Arts Council.

There will be a launch event on:

Saturday 21st February at 3 pm at the Royal Academy of Music

If you know of any young musicians who would be interested or who would benefit from taking part in this programme please direct them to: kuumbayouthmusic@gmail.com or send them along to the event to find out more about the project!


I was sent this link to a short documentary about a young viola player who has overcome her family’s poverty in Chile which I would like to share with you as it yet again confirms the power of music!







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