Society diversity

The role of an orchestra is not above all to reflect contemporary society

May 20,
Spotlightpublished an article written for us by Ciaran Frame on his
Live Music Report 2020, in which he reviewed last year’s musical offerings by the country’s leading performing arts organizations.

An image from the Living Music Report

Frame’s Living Music Report is an annual analysis of Australian orchestral programming, examining whether the composers, whose works have been performed across the country, adequately reflect Australian identity and our gender, cultural and First Nations diversity. Inventing a phrase used by the Australian Council, the article was titled Do Our Arts Reflect Us ?. Frame found that in 2020 the answer was “not yet” although the trajectory is heading in the right direction.

Philippe Scott
replied to this article with the following letter.

Do our arts reflect us?

I would say they do, with increasing relevance, in theater – theater, film and television – and in literature. Places where specific stories in a relevant social setting can be told.

Orchestral music is a different case. I am totally in favor of our symphony orchestras creating contemporary and Australian works –…