In recent months Limelighthas been examining the issues arising from Ciaran Frame’s 2020 Living Music Report, as to whether the music played by our orchestras reflect us – and to what extent it ought to. The series so far has featured articles by Ciaran Frame, writer/actor/composer/pianist Phil Scott, composer Felicity Wilcoxand musician and author Peter Tregear.They follow a major feature by Amanda Harris, which ran in our May 2021 issue, which examined issues around representation and cultural appropriation in Australian music history. These pieces have sparked debate among our readers and led to a number of comments via email, social media and on our website. Here are some of the responses we have received.


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I’ve been following the intelligent and passionate debate in Limelightover the past few months, about the need to include more orchestral repertoire by female composers in our orchestra’s programs. Many good points have been made about the reasons our orchestras play the existing cannon of masterworks, as well as...