Michael Kennedy : My own personal experence is that there are different levels of exclusion from amateur to professional level. I have been denied from participating in certain choirs. Once I was taking part in a music festival in Southport England were you had to sing 3 songs from the list --- I was the only person to complete the task. The other competitors around 5 singers in the solo tenor class either forgot the words or sang the wrong notes. The actual winner of the class went screaming out of the room and into the toilets and never sang any of the songs. At the end of the competition the adjudicator said in his conclusive statements anouncing: "you all have good voices but go back to were you come from EG.back to your own choirs in your own towns!" The singer left the room comforted with first place and the arm of the adjudicator around him. I have many similar stories. Paul Robeson was BLACKLISTED for his political beliefs but I believe it goes much deeper into scociety, no matter were you come from! I would like to know your stories.
Michael Kennedy : Thank you for your story It is a subject I am very interested in as I am trying to write my life story. It is full of many musical horror stories.