Of course, I am well aware that the problem is not that the BBC has shown any prejudice in favour of or against any particular ethnic group, but that musical achievement in this country is heavily biased towards white and east Asian ethnicities. In fact, a similar pattern is replicated even in the breakdown of concert audiences. Here in London, a city with a population that is nearly one-quarter black and south Asian, I am able to go to sell-out performances at the Royal Opera House and at all of the main concert halls and count the number of black and south Asian people in single figures, if any. Does this trend strike anybody else as worrying? As a white Londoner I feel a considerable unease when I am able to count as remarkable the fact that I once sat behind two black people at the London Coliseum.
I apologise for taking this off topic.
My daughter has had the great priviledge to work with the South Asian Youth Music Orchestra and there has been efforts to bring together two very different styles of music. There has been joint concerts with SAMYO, NYJC and NYBB several times in the last year. It's something that people are aware of and in a small way there is an effort to bring different cultures together.
there has to be more of these colaberations in the future to help everyone involved understand the differences and to increase interest in the music of other cultures.
Back on topic....... Can't wait to see the woodwind final next week, this is going to be very interesting. I just hope the winner goes on to win the whole thing