Campaign on Classic FM

Delighted that Classic FM has taken up the baton on behalf of Afghanistan’s displaced and endangered musicians. In an article on 04 October 2021, they highlighted our Sunday Times Letter, noting that:

Leading British classical musicians are urging the UK government to offer visas to Afghanistan’s silenced musicians, who have been banned from making music in public since the Taliban seized control of the country in August.

Under Taliban rule, Afghan musicians have been killed and beaten, music schools closed, and radio stations banned from playing music. In a recent interview, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told the New York Times that music is “un-Islamic”.

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle, pianist Mitsuko Uchida and former cellist and broadcaster Julian Lloyd Webber are joined by more than 200 other classical musicians and industry leaders in signing a letter to The Times, which calls for the government to offer “urgent humanitarian visas” to Afghan musicians.

They also highlight the fact that the UK government is yet to respond to this call.

You can read the article in Classic FM here.

Published by afghanmusicians An international coordination effort advocating for all Afghanistan's musicians in a time of crisis, along with their extraordinarily rich musical traditions, from the classical rabab to the latest pop music. Lead co-ordinator, Dr Katherine Schofield.

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