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Research Seminar: Curating Diversity in European Classical Music Performance

Wednesday 27 January 2021, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Uchenna Ngwe (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

Discussions about ethnic or cultural diversity in British classical music tend to centre on the visible appearances of modern-day performers, but there is much less awareness of the long history of contributions towards the artform by musicians of African descent. This seminar explores how careful and considered curation can be used to challenge stagnant notions of representation, diversity and inclusion in classical music.

Uchenna Ngwe

Uchenna Ngwe is a London-based oboist and PhD candidate. Her academic explorations into creative practice investigate the lives and work of historical Black classical musicians in Britain from the perspective of a performer-curator-activist. She is founder of plainsightSOUND – an online research project uncovering and promoting the work of historical Black classical musicians. In addition to being a busy freelance musician and educator, Uchenna has been a contributor and presenter on BBC Radio 3 and is the artistic director of Decus Ensemble – a flexible, mixed-instrumental group dedicated to performing lesser-known and underexplored works for classical chamber ensemble.

Location: Meeting ID: 915 8006 2656 Passcode: 840125