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Classical music 'must learn from hip hop'

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Thursday 08:09 GMT

Classical music suffers from a "sense of entitlement" and needs to learn lessons from other, more "provocative" genres, says composer Alexis Ffrench.

The hip hop musical, Hamilton, swept the board at the Olivier Awards in April, demonstrating the impact the rap game is having on other genres of music already. Now Ffrench, who releases his debut album in September, agrees that other innovations like the DJ/orchestra crossover Hacienda Classical have helped popularise orchestral music but argues there are "even more interesting ways" of bringing the classics up to date.


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