China Bans Western Religious Music

From the Telegraph:

Musicians and tour organisers have told The Daily Telegraph that a series of significant performances have been affected amid a tightening of political control over the arts and Christianity.

Among the victims are the Academy of Ancient Music, one of Britain’s leading orchestral and choral groups, which was invited to sing The Messiah at the Beijing International Music Festival in October.

The performance will go ahead but has been made “by invitation only” to get round the ban.

Ironically, among the invitees are members of the Politburo and other senior government leaders.

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