High profile individuals and organisations within the classical music world have joined with Music Declares Emergency to further strengthen the response from the music world to the climate emergency and to develop best practice in making their sector more sustainable.

Over 180 declarers from the classical world have now signed a letter which states:

“As artists, venues, agents and all the members of our industry we will actively share best practice in order to divest from fossil fuels, reduce waste, pollution and carbon emissions. We want to instigate an open conversation about the challenges of creating a sustainable music profession and we commit to using our platforms to inspire, educate and demonstrate change.”

Those working within the sector can add their names by following this link.

The new group joins the existing declarer list and includes Julian Lloyd Webber, Errollyn Wallen CBE, Rachel Portman OBE, Nicholas Daniel OBE, Tasmin Little OBE, London Sinfonietta, Chineke! Foundation, Paraorchestra, British Youth Opera, HarrisonParrott, Askonas Holt, Sound and Music, NonClassical, Black Lives in Music, Spitalfields Music, Green Music Australia, Nevis Ensemble, Brunel Quartet, Trees of Music, Brighton Early Music Festival, Shadwell Opera, Orchestra For The Earth, London Lucumi Choir, Cheltenham Arts Festival and many more.

Over the coming months Music Declares Emergency will host a series of public online Classical Declares panels and discussion forums to discuss the particular challenges that classical music faces in realising a zero emissions future and to investigate the solutions.

Watch our panel from the Turn Up The Volume week HERE.

Classical Declares has its own working group and anyone interested in getting involved with this campaign should email [email protected]

“Musicians are joining the chorus of demands for world leaders to act NOW to save our planet from climate change.” Julian Lloyd Webber

“I am proud to support Music Declares Emergency and be part of an industry that is self-organising to highlight the need for urgent government action on the climate and ecological emergency.” Rachel Portman

“The Chineke! Foundation is committed to lending its voice and platform to call for climate change action. With multiple communities, habitats, and species under threat, we need governments across the world to unite and put tangible measures in place as a matter of urgency.” The Chinike! Foundation

“It is the responsibility of all of us that share our planet, for the sake of those that will come after us, to try to heal it from the mess we have all made of it. I am open to learning and changing and want to make a difference.” Nicholas Daniel OBE