Composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, one of Britain’s few prominent black classical musicians, is on a mission “to change the narrative” around the genre with his contemporary approach to the music. Photo: AFP Composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, one of Britain’s few prominent black classical musicians, is on a mission “to change the narrative” around the genre with his contemporary approach to the music. Photo: AFP
Composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, one of Britain’s few prominent black classical musicians, is on a mission “to change the narrative” around the genre with his contemporary approach to the music. Photo: AFP

What Childish Gambino can teach classical music: pianist Alexis Ffrench on his duty to ‘change the narrative’

  • Alexis Ffrench, a 48-year-old British composer and pianist, is trying to counter what he sees as a false perception that classical music is stuffy and outdated
  • On his radio show, he talks about Childish Gambino and other hip hop artists and plays music sometimes only loosely inspired by the traditions of the genre

Topic |   Music
Composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, one of Britain’s few prominent black classical musicians, is on a mission “to change the narrative” around the genre with his contemporary approach to the music. Photo: AFP Composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, one of Britain’s few prominent black classical musicians, is on a mission “to change the narrative” around the genre with his contemporary approach to the music. Photo: AFP
Composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, one of Britain’s few prominent black classical musicians, is on a mission “to change the narrative” around the genre with his contemporary approach to the music. Photo: AFP
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