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The BBC Symphony Orchestra met for fear it would be "institutionally racist" weeks before the Proms


Revealed: BBC Symphony Orchestra held a panicked meeting fearing it was "Institutionally Racist" just weeks before the "Last Night of the Proms" series

  • A contingency plan has been drawn up to combat so-called "unconscious bias".
  • It made connections with the first professional orchestra, which consisted mainly of black musicians
  • An insider described the move as a "tedious exercise in signaling virtues".

The BBC Symphony Orchestra held a panicked meeting fearing it was "institutionally racist" just weeks before the last night of the Proms series hit last night.

The claim, using the same phrase used to describe Scotland Yard after its failure in the Stephen Lawrence murder case, left some members "astonished and disturbed".

After the Zoom Summit, an emergency action plan was put forward to combat so-called "unconscious bias" within the world-famous orchestra that plays at the Last Night Of The Proms every year.

A contingency plan has been put in place to combat the so-called "unconscious bias" within the world famous orchestra that plays at the pictured Last Night Of The Proms every year

Classical music website Slipped Disc reported that at the meeting held after the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the orchestra decided to forge close ties with Chineke! – the first professional orchestra in Europe, composed mainly of black and ethnic minority musicians.

They also vowed to use guest speakers to "clear up the problems of underrepresentation and … unconscious bias".

An insider described the move as "a tedious exercise in signaling virtues".

A BBC source told The Mail last night that there had been a “culture war” on the national broadcaster, which had come to the fore with the dispute over Rule, Britannia and Land Of Hope And Glory

The source said: “The new general manager, Tim Davie, will have his work cut out to deal with the opposing factions.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra pictured held a panicked meeting fearing it was "Institutionally Racist" just weeks before the "Last Night of the Proms" series

The BBC Symphony Orchestra pictured held a panicked meeting fearing it was "Institutionally Racist" just weeks before the "Last Night of the Proms" series

“In some areas, there is a feeling that the rush to support the Black Lives Matter movement has led to questionable decisions.

"There is concern that the majority of licensees who speak out against racism are still baffled by some of the choices made."

A BBC spokesman said the patriotic songs will be sung next year, provided the audience is back at the Royal Albert Hall, adding: “In the face of a global pandemic, we are very happy to be able to stage the Proms at all . & # 39;

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