Ageism in classical music

Being 43 years old and about to go back to music college as a post graduate composition student, this article on Twitter, caught my attention.

While I began composing guitar and piano music pretty much as soon as I began learning to play each respective instrument, (writing my first piano pieces aged 14), I didn’t venture musically outward, until aged 28, when I wrote my first string quartet. Since aged 40, to put it simply; I have been on a creative roll.

I am familiar with the feeling of imposter syndrome (I’m okay with this too, many of my thoughts ‘diagrammed out’ don’t seem to fit neatly into the ‘correct’ boxes, so I am used to defending my positions), but ageism? Hmmm, reading the stats presented in the article certainly makes for some grim reading - there are 36% less opportunities once you hit 40 and perhaps most tellingly, there is not one single competition targeted at those in the 40 - 65 age range.

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