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Exploring music, sport and education during Black History Month


Renowned composer Dr Shirley J. Thompson will explore African influence in classical music as part of Black History Month events at Leeds Beckett.

Shirley J Thompson

Dr Thompson made history when she became the first woman in Europe in 40 years to compose and conduct a symphony.

A composer, conductor and filmmaker, she has been commissioned for several royal engagements and is listed in the Top 100 Power list of 2018 under most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the UK.

Dr Thompson, whose musical experience began by playing violin for youth symphony orchestras in London, will present the university’s Annual Race Lecture on 17 October in the Rose Bowl.

The lecture, Unearthing Submerged Narratives in Classical Music Histography and Education: Towards an Inclusive Art Form and its Teachings, will begin at 18.00 with music, conversation and a Q&A, closing at 19.30.

During her talk, Dr Thompson will explore the role of the African in classical music's foundation, genesis and development.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Hosted by the university's Race Equality Forum, the race lectures are an integral part of Leeds Beckett’s calendar of events and support efforts to develop long-term cultural and institutional change.

For further details, or to join the Race Equality forum, please contact the Chair, Tom Fletcher at equality@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Other October events include Dr Dan Kilvington’s Challenging the British Asian Football Exclusion. During his talk, Dr Kilvington, from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, will draw on testimonies that demonstrate racism, stereotyping and lack of role models in the sport.

 Dan Kilvington

The event takes place between 12.30-13.30 in Leeds Town Hall on 3 October. Click here for more information or to register.

And on 27 October, Professor Shirley Anne Tate, from the Carnegie School of Education, will explore the black attainment gap within equality, diversity and inclusion contexts in UK universities.

Professor Shirley Tate

Her talk will form part of a TEDx event at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. For further details or to book tickets, click here.


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