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’.
A three-part new music podcast series presented by composer Des Oliver and Sound and Music’s CEO, Susanna Eastburn MBE
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.
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.
Des Oliver is interviewed by Oxford Arts Blog about his time as curator of the Oxford Music Faculty’s ‘Sounds of South Asia’ series