The Royal Birmingham Conservatory will play a key role in unlocking talent – 4barsrest

The “Fair and Inclusive Classical Music” project aims to find a new flow of talent to take advantage of an emerging career in classical music.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatory, part of Birmingham City University, has been announced as a key partner in a national Arts Council England project to unleash musical talent in communities across England.

Fair and inclusive

The “Fair and Inclusive Classical Music” project will see him working alongside professional and community orchestras, music education partners, broadcasters, record labels and schools to help expand access and develop paths to classical music over the next decade.

The initiative was launched in response to new research in the ‘Creating More Inclusive Classical Music’ report, which reveals that children and young people not exposed to Western classical music as part of everyday life, or whose families lacking the means or the opportunity to sustain engagement through coursework or study, are unlikely to join the classical music workforce.


The report points out that the location and availability of opportunities have a significant influence on an individual’s ability to advance in education and industry.

It also revealed that people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds struggle to gain equitable access to a full range of learning and employment opportunities.

The cost of lessons, the instruments themselves, accessories such as sheet music, even the cost of travel to lessons and other related activities and events can all be significant barriers from an early age.

Action plan

As part of the ‘Fair and Inclusive Classical Music’ project, Arts Council England has developed an action plan for the next three years, supported by DCMS, which includes:

1. Commissioned a major new research program to understand the relationship between children’s experience of classical music and their decision to learn a musical instrument

2. Work with orchestras, venues and promoters to ensure fair and inclusive treatment for all who work in classical music.

3. Launch of a long-term action research project, starting in the Midlands, to test initiatives to support young people from all walks of life seeking careers in classical music and the music industry at large.

Balance sheet

Richard Shrewsbury, Head of Learning and Participation at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, welcomed the news, saying: “The Royal Birmingham Conservatory is delighted to be a key partner in this initiative.

Our own experience in engaging and empowering young people who would not otherwise have the chance to advance their musical journey reflects our current commitment to expanding access and inclusion.

“The Fair and Inclusive Classical Music for All project now offers an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with our partners in the Midlands, as well as fellow experts at Birmingham City University, in a collective effort to increase the impact on young people. in the regions and the potential to make a real difference in musical creation for all. ”

The report highlights that the location and availability of opportunities have a significant influence on an individual’s ability to advance in education and industry.4BR

Develop talents

Meanwhile, Darren Henley, Managing Director of Arts Council England, added: “We believe passionately in classical music and that it can and should appeal to more people. talents.

This conviction is at the heart of our ten-year Let’s Create strategy. We are already supporting projects that do a fantastic job of improving access for all, but it takes a lot more collaboration to make sure no one is missing. “

The Royal Birmingham Conservatory’s Learning and Participation Program currently works regularly with over 2000 young people and their families across the UK, with many programs focusing on equity and inclusiveness in classical music.

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