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Classical music needs to learn from hip hop, says composer Alexis Ffrench

Composer Alexis Ffrench has urged classical music to learn from the “provocative” and “daring” ambitions of other genres like hip hop.

Ffrench, who was talking prior to the Classic Brits awards which take place on June 13th, believes that classical music needs to adapt and learn from popular music in order to thrive.

“I think we could perhaps borrow more from other art forms,” he told the BBC. “Often we can be complacent, and there’s a sense of entitlement about the art form, that is sits in the hierarchy above all other styles of music.”

Delving deeper still, Ffrench name dropped big names like Childish Gambino and Snoop Dogg as artists “doing daring things” and musicians that should be taken not of by those in the classical genre: “I listen to a lot of R&B and hip hop and then check out the videos,” he explained. “I see innovation and people pushing the envelope and doing daring things in the name of art, in a way that provokes thought. I wonder whether as classical musicians if we can do more on that front.”