Identity and the Anxiety of Influence

This documentary series by composer Des Oliver explores issues surrounding black identity with the breadth of new music produced by black composers across the UK, under the theme ‘identity and the anxiety of influence’.


Sound and Music

A three-part new music podcast series presented by composer Des Oliver and Sound and Music’s CEO, Susanna Eastburn MBE

Interview (South West London) 17/05/2021

The Riverside Today with Colleen show interviews composer Des Oliver and Sonia Hyams, Executive Director of Pegasus Opera Company, about the newly commissioned work “Rush” written for the company’s community choir in celebration of Windrush Day 2021.

Music and Identity

Oxplore interviews composer Dr. Des Oliver about his documentary series for the British Music Collection-Identity and the Anxiety of Influence-about BME representation in classical music. He talks about his experiences meeting and interviewing classical musicians of African and Caribbean heritage, some of the issues of cultural appropriation, and the impact of his background on his work.


Off the Podium

Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan and Des Oliver discuss the highly controversial Guardian article by Charlotte Gill (2017) on the subject of notation, access, and identity politics.


Artistic License: Exploring the Sounds of South Asia 

Des Oliver is interviewed by Oxford Arts Blog about his time as curator of the Oxford Music Faculty’s ‘Sounds of South Asia’ series