All Classical Portland radio wins $20K for Recording Inclusivity Initiative

Posted on: November 16, 2021

“As a child learning to play the flute, Adam Eccleston envisioned himself performing in front of an orchestra, just like James Galway,” writes Amy Wang in Saturday’s (11/13) Oregonian (Portland). “But as he got older, that vision faded. ‘Because I didn’t look like James Galway,’ … Eccleston said… Then Eccleston found his first Black flute teacher, Eric Lamb. ‘And he taught me that I can do anything I want to do…’ Today, Eccleston is an award-winning flutist…. He’s on the leadership team at Bravo Youth Orchestras, a Portland nonprofit that teaches orchestral music to children who might not experience it otherwise. And he’s an All Classical Portland artist in residence whose video testimonial about the importance of representation helped propel the station’s new Recording Inclusivity Initiative to a win Tuesday in the 2021 Local That Works public media contest…. All Classical Portland’s … Recording Inclusivity Initiative [is] creating five state-of-the-art recordings of works by women and composers of color.… The composers’ … works have been recorded in Portland at the Bodecker Foundation’s studio by 10 musicians who are similarly diverse. All Classical Portland will present a world premiere broadcast of the recordings in 2022. Tuesday’s win came with a $20,000 prize.”