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For the cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, classical music is not racist

The movement Black Lives Matter, which has experienced a resurgence after the death of George Floyd, has caused a questioning of the cultural sector, and in particular classical music.

in The United States, the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera have issued a series of recommendations to the prestigious institution to be more inclusive in its programming. According to a report published by the League of American orchestras, faculty, Blacks accounted for only 1.8% of orchestra musicians in 2016 and the Latino-Americans 2.5 percent. On the other side of the Atlantic, the Colston Hall in Bristol, which bears the name of a merchant of slaves in the Seventeenth century, will soon be renamed.

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the middle of the classical music is it racist, or at least, less open to people from diversity ? "It is very easy to point the finger at the classical music, but I actually think it starts well before the professional career," said Sheku Kanneh-Mason, virtuoso british the cello that became known internationally after playing at the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Opportunities unequal

Guest of the show Good Morning Britain, the young musician of 21 years is estimated as well as the environment in itself, is not racist or a source of bias. According to him, the problem is more from the lack of opportunities faced by young racialized. "Very few Blacks have the opportunity to experience," he adds.

These opportunities are not so easily accessible to everyone

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Born in a family of seven children, all musicians, he began to learn the cello at the age of six years and déroche a scholarship to integrate the prestigious conservatory of the Royal Academy of Music Junior. It participates by the result of the show Britain's Got Talent and occurs in 2017 BAFTA. "We are very lucky, our parents have worked very hard to enable us to have these opportunities, but they are not so easily accessible for everyone," confirms her sister, Isata Kanneh-Mason piano prodigy.

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In 2019, the superstar of the keyboard, Lang Lang had already pointed out that the situation at the award ceremony of the Global Awards, which reward the artists broadcast on the radio in the uk. "In our world, the course of music [are] become a real challenge. I really want to work with you all to bring back the [course] of music in schools [public]."

according To a survey conducted in 2019 by the British Phonographic Industry, an English association of the record industry, only one in eight schools are among the most disadvantaged of the United Kingdom has an orchestra, compared with 85% in private schools.

When you go to concerts and there is the public, there is very little diversified

Stuart Mason, the father of Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Stuart Mason, the father of Sheku and Isata wants to be far more confident in the ability of the sector to adapt. "We have recently found that things are improving in the middle of the classic. But when you go to the concerts and observed the audience, it is very little diverse and we would like this to change - and our children involved in this change."

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They are also under-represented as ceos of the CAC 40, the pupils at the school in Alsace, at the bal des debutante and in the kingship of the uk. It is tiring to force

Roms-Rom-Romyle 23/06/2020 16:57

music, sound learning : a pure delight ! a
And I would add that for children, even very young, his learning and an instrument at the same time is the acquisition of a discipline instinctive at the same time. And these are not words in the air, it is true !

richard leducle 23/06/2020:16: 30

On the other hand at Decathlon there are a lot of people of color....

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