Natalie Murray Beale conducts 'A Sheen of Dew on Flowers' by Joby Talbot, Britten Sinfonia, 11 April, Barbican

'Celebrating the bi-centenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s birth, Britten Sinfonia and Independent Opera present the first public performance of Joby Talbot’s new cantata, A Sheen of Dew on Flowers. For this major new commission from Independent Opera, Talbot sets rare and sensual poetry from across several different millennia. A radiant and lyric score, inspired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s devoted partnership, brings to life the story of one of the greatest marriages in history whilst reflecting on the tender themes of love and loss.'

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1000397743483146 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=303306353673030

https://www.brittensinfonia.com/event/sheen-dew-flowers/  

Pre-concert talk with Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall
Anne-Marie Minhall interviews Joby Talbot, Natalie Murray Beale and curator at Historic Royal Palaces Matthew Storey about the music.

Natalie Murray Beale
conductor

Tobias Greenhalgh
baritone

Kelley O'Connor
mezzo-soprano

Eamonn Dougan 
Britten Sinfonia Voices Director

Germán Clavijo
assistant conductor

New episode from gender equal radio show The Daffodil Perspective

This week on The Daffodil Perspective:

Composer Of The Week – Henriette Renie

Exploring her life and work along with friends Pierne and Grandjany.

Fun With Florence

1st in a new monthly segment celebrating the life, work and legacy of Florence Price. This week featuring a very special recording by Samantha Ege.

Contemporary Corner

This week showcasing brand new song cycle Cracked Voices by Jenni Pinnock.

https://www.mixcloud.com/TheDaffodilPerspective/the-daffodil-perspective-26th-march-2019/


The Daffodil Perspective 19th March 2019

The radio show championing gender equality is back with a great show featuring Elizabeth Maconchy as composer of the week along with friends Britten and Tippett.

Starting this week Contemporary Corner has a new monthly residency with PARMA Recordings. Each 3rd week of the month showcasing a piece from one of their fantastic single composer releases on the Navona imprint. This week I've got an epic song cycle from Australian composer Margaret Brandman.

Album of the week is a brilliant collection of contemporary trombone music from musician Natalie Mannix, plus music from Bartok, Einaudi and film scores from Rachel Portman and Patrick Doyle.

https://thedaffodilperspective.com/2019/03/19/the-daffodil-perspective-19th-march-2019/

Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers seeking sponsors

Multitude of Voyces, an organisation which brings music to underrepresented and marginalised communities, has compiled an Anthology of Sacred Music by Women, and is now seeking sponsors to help them to fund publication.

Directors Louise Stewart and Olivia Sparkhall have sought out old and new works for the Anglican liturgy written by women. Liturgical music written by women has been overlooked, “silenced by the historical norms of their times" as Stewart puts it, and the changing roles of women in the modern Anglican Church have not included a move to encourage music by women.

Here is an article that was published in the Church Times last year

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2018/25-may/news/uk/women-s-anthology-of-church-music-will-right-historical-wrongs-say-compilers 

There is more information on their website here

https://www.multitudeofvoyces.co.uk/anthology-of-liturgical-works-by-women-composers/ 

And if you would like to support this project you can contact them here

[email protected]


Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Improvised Music - London New Wind Festival at Iklectik Art Lab, London, 26 March

International Women’s Day

Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Improvised Music

Tuesday March 26  doors 7pm – start 7.30pm | Tickets £8/£5 cons.  at the door

Performers Include:

Catherine Pluygers    Oboes

Sue Lynch                    Saxophones

Sue Ferrar                   Violin

Sylvia Hallett              Bowed Bicycle Wheel

Adrian Northover      Electronics

Neil Metcalfe               Flutes

Livia Garcia                 Artwork

Martin Harrison         Artwork

Featured image:  The Silent Improviser VII  by Livia Garcia 2018

Further Information

catherinepluyger[email protected]

www.londonnewwindfestival.co.uk


Janet Beat becomes first recipient of the Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) Lifetime Achievement Award

Composer Janet Beat is the first recipient of the Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) Lifetime Achievement Award. SWIM is a new collective of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female, and was launched on International Women's Day, 8 March 2019.

https://glasgowmusiccitytours.com/2019/02/25/swim-scottish-women-inventing-music-guest-blog/

More information about SWIM here

https://www.scottishwomeninventingmusic.com/ 


Shingai embarks on a new solo career with a wonderful release and an interview in The Outerglobe

You will know Shingai Shiniwa .... the charismatic and bold lead singer and bassist from The Noisettes who were huge in the 90s and brought an African sensibility into punk.  Now having taken her time Shingai launches her solo career with music that goes right back to her Zimbabwean roots in a different way starting with her wonderful single 'Coming Home' which is a tribute to her uncle Thomas Mapfumo with shades  of his globally renowned track Shumba .

Shingai joined Debbie Golt, Women in Music chair, in her weekly show The Outerglobe on Resonance 104.4fm/ DB Londonwide and www.resonancefm.com  worldwide to  talk about her music and her new direction . Here's the show  link www.mixcloud.com/resonance/the-outerglobe-7th-march-2019

You can watch the video for the single 'Coming Home' from the  EP 'Ancient Futures'  here: and get tickets for her upcoming show at the Jazz Cafe London here


  

Musicians Union's Womens Conference in Manchester on March 28th

Good news there is the Musicians Union Women in Music Conference in Manchester on March 28th 2019 with a whole host of speakers and practical workshops on getting your music out there and sustaining income streams as well as plugging the gender gap and lots of networking opportunities. You don't even have to be a member and it is FREE

It's interesting how the title Women in Music that we pioneered back in 1987 has become a mainstream concept! Our work is far from done, however that is a welcome sign of the times.  If you get the opportunity do mention that you heard about it from Women in Music the original organisation itself!

https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/Events/2019/Mar/WomensConference

Calling all women* looking for inspiration, advice and skills to advance your career, change direction or strike out on your own.

Join the Musicians’ Union (MU) team, plus a powerhouse line up of musicians, entrepreneurs, career coaches and inspiring women who are changing the future of the music industry.

Enjoy a day of game-changing talks, workshops and insider advice, all packed into one bespoke event designed to arm you with the skills, tools and motivation to achieve your potential and take your career to the next level.