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On the ABRSM and the legacy of Colonialism

Updated: Jul 19, 2020

"The board [ABRSM] is one of the significant legacies of Victorian Britain, generated as part of that society's concern to expand the technological and professional workforce needed to run the Empire" (Wright, 2013)

Many of you will be aware of the recent online petition (which I encourage you to sign) calling for an increase in pieces written by black people to appear across the Associated Board of the Royal Schools Of Music (ABRSM) examinations. Conversations around the lack of representation and diversity in the ABRSM have been happening for years, yet acting on these conversations seems to be slow and arduous. This is not to say th