Marvin Rosen's annual 50/50 marathon features WiM Member Rosemary Duxbury today

RADIO BROADCAST WiM Member Rosemary Duxbury says she is " thrilled to have my music selected for “Viva 21st Century” a live radio program curated by Marvin Rosen in the USA. 

" The piece, “Light” (2021) is for solo piano and is my latest composition, recently recorded by Patricia Siffert. It hasn’t been performed or broadcast before so this will be the first time it is heard publicly! 

 " “Light” will be played on Thursday 30 Dec between 13.00-16.00 Eastern time. (For Internet listeners link to excellent Time Zone Converter: You can listen on the radio in NJ, parts of PA, Delaware and NY at: WPRB 103.3FM Princeton NJ, or on the Internet at: 

" Please join Marvin for his 17th Marathon and the 16th devoted to 21st century music from the last 15 years. It really is an incredible broadcast feat and a wonderful way to discover music being written today around the world. It will begin on Thursday, December 30th at 10:00 am (EST time) and will go non-stop, live, until 10:00am Friday, December 31st, 2021. 

Approximately over 100 new works with an approximate equal representation of both men and women composers (hence 50/50 subtitle) will be broadcast during this 24 hour long event."

Marvin Rosen has a mixcloud and the marathon should eventually be there in stages.

My deepest apologies to Rosemary for posting this late. Please check her on facebook and  Do still tune in for other female composer gems. Debbie Golt posting this

Errollyn Wallen is BBC R3 Composer of the Week from Jan 3rd 2022 at Noon GMT

There's a week of marvellous music and insights coming up as Women in Music Founder Member and distinguished composer and innovator Errollyn Wallen is BBC Radio 3's composer of the week starting at 12 Noon GMT on Monday January 3rd 2022.  

Here is the intro link:

In the first programme Donald Macleod chats to composer Errollyn Wallen about her heritage and musical upbringing.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, we hear about Errollyn’s deep connection to Belize and her childhood musical memories. She was brought up in London to a soundtrack of Ella Fitzgerald and calypso. When she discovered the piano, she had to be begged not to practice. Errollyn's first ever composition was written for her sisters to sing walking to primary school, and family has since been a thread through her work.

All 5 episodes will go onto the BBC Iplayer as well.    

Congratulations to Errollyn Wallen. See also

Film scored by WiM Member shortlisted for Birmingham Film Festival award

Women in Music member Rosemary Duxbury - composer and musician - has scored another success. Not only is a film she composed the soundtrack for been accepted for the Birmingham Film Festival it has also been shortlisted for the Best  Micro Short Award. The film is Communications by Peter James for Boxshoe Films and it shows at the Festival on November 21st at 10am. 

Birmingham Film Festival runs from November 18th-21st and details can be found at www, .  

Rosemary Duxbury is a British composer writing music for concert, film & media 'to touch the heart and inspire the soul'. . Her pieces are often played on American radio and she also has music being performed on Saturday October 30th 7.30 pm St John the Baptist Church, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester.

Jennifer Fowler composition premiere at Royal Academy of Music - online viewing for a month

There will be a premiere of a piece of distinguished composer and Women in Music Founder Member, Jennifer Fowler, at the Royal

 Academy of Music (London) at 1 pm UK time on Wednesday, 23 June. It is a piece for solo bassoon, to be played bya post-grad student (Hugo Mak) in a concert that is being streamed. Details below.

The RAM has been commissioning a series of solo works to celebrate their 200th anniversary next year. Many new pieces are being played by the students throughout this year and all the commission performances will come out on CD next year.

 Jennifer's piece is almost certainly 2nd on the programme. The concert will continue to be available for streaming for a month after the performance. It is free.

 Just click on this link at 1 pm on Wed or any time afterwards for a month:

To find out more about Jennifer Fowler and her approach to music and her outstanding career go to this link   



The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900, edited by Laura Hamer

Laura Hamer has edited this excellent new volume looking at women in music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It brings together the work and voices of both academic researchers active in the field of Women in Music Studies and female music practitioners, in a volume that provides a high quality, accessible overview of women’s work in music since 1900.

The volume considers the breadth of women’s musical participation and experience across a wide range of musical genres, including the classical tradition, women in popular music, women and music technology, women in music education and women in the music industries. The book considers the gendered nature of the musical profession and discusses a wide range of musicians including Elizabeth Maconchy, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho,  Sinéad O’Connor, Billie Holiday, Delia Derbyshire, The Supremes.

‘In Her Own Words’ contributions from practitioners bring topics intensely to life and additional advice for further reading open up potential new areas of enquiry for readers.

The contributors are Laura Hamer, Sophie Fuller, Rhiannon Mathias, Elaine Kelly, Astrid Kvalbein, Francesca Placanica, Elizabeth Hoffman, Tammy L. Kernodle, Jacqueline Warwick, Katherine Williams, Michael Brocken, Kristin J. Lieb, Virginia Kettle, Louis Niebur, Margaret Schedel, Flannery Cunningham, Manuella Blackburn, Robert Legg, Clare K. Duffin, Steph Power, and Victoria Armstrong.

Many thanks to Laura Hamer for the information included here.

JAM’s Masterclass series - submit 50-bar sketches for Organ or Brass Quintet by Tuesday 1st June

Women in Music is pleased to share this opportunity for composers.

As the next step in JAM’s Masterclass series, click here to submit 50-bar sketches for Organ or Brass Quintet by Tuesday 1st June.  This could be something you’re working on and/or nearly finished – it doesn’t have to be started from scratch.

JAM is encouraging sketches written for diverse genres including concert, church and jazz.  Also, a solo trumpet or brass duet is as valid as a piece for quintet.

3 Organ and 3 Brass sketches will be selected to be workshopped at the JAM on the Marsh festival on 13th July with Francesca Massey (Rochester Cathedral) and Onyx Brass, led by Professor Paul Mealor.

Then, these 6 pieces need to be finished for performance by Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass in London this autumn.

One composer will be awarded a £500 JAM commission for premiere in March in London.

Click here for full details on our Masterclass series and to watch Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass’ bite-size Masterclasses.

JAM looks forward to receiving your submission(s).