Sexism is rife in classical music says James Rhodes

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Marin Alsop conducts the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra

Why is sexism still tolerated in our industry? We need an immediate and total change in attitudes across the board.

Classical music is not dying (pace yet another overly-enthusiastic report at Slate.com) but there are clearly many problems in the industry.

Most of them are brought on by those of us in the business itself, be it the musicians (who are for the most part precious, egocentric, grandiose and socially stunted), the gatekeepers (narcissistic, obtuse, living in the past, as resistant to change as they are entrenched in their cliques) or the record labels (risk-averse and budget-deprived, relying on their back catalogue as a life raft).

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