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Class, Race and Classical Music

Candace Allen and Tai Murray

Wednesday 9 April 2014, 7 pm

‘Class, Race and Classical Music’ is presented by London Music Masters, a charity that aims to enable opportunity, diversity and excellence in classical music, inspiring positive change for individuals and communities. During the discussion American violinist Tai Murray, who is also an ambassador for London Music Masters, and Candace Allen, an American novelist and active supporter of Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy, will talk on the themes behind London Music Masters’ overall vision. The discussion will be mediated by British Journalist, Tom Service.

Candace Allen is a novelist, political activist, cultural critic and screenwriter. She became the first female African-American member of the Directors Guild of America. Candace's latest book ‘Soul Music, the Pulse of Race and Music’ investigates whether the pitched battles between ‘our’ music and ‘their’ music of her youth are alive among young people engaged in music study today.

Tai Murray is a rising star of her generation, increasingly in demand for both orchestral and recital engagements. Described as ‘superb’ by The New York Times and a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008 to 2010, Tai has performed on the stages of such halls as Berlin's Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall in London, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, Shanghai’s Concert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.