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SMMI scholar leads discussion on diversity in the musical profession

Published: 24 November 2017

A new public engagement initiative involving Music PGRs and the Turner Sims culminated in a superb concert by Chineke!, Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra.

SMMI scholar Chenyin Tang (Music) and Anna Kent-Muller (Music/WSI) led a panel discussion on diversity in the musical profession and its audiences.  Despite the late hour, the foyer of the Turner Sims was packed and the audience listened raptly to Music’s Prof Andrew Pinnock and Chineke!’s founder and director Chi Chi Nwanoku OBE. Chenyin and Anna moderated deftly, and when the floor was opened to questions it became clear that the 30 minutes allotted time was not enough! 

Thanks go to all concerned, especially to Chenyin and Anna, who put on a fantastic public face to engage with the public to show what the performing arts can do. Thanks also to Kevin Appleby, who helped this to happen, and to Andrew for his time and insights.

Chenyin is funded by SMMI through a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship and his project concerns the global-scale diffusion of western opera, particularly in East Asia and investigates the role of port cities and maritime communication in the globalization of Western opera in the modern era.    Anna is funded through a university-wide DTC in Web Science.  

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