Complete Sacred Choral Music of Alice Mary Smith - scholarly editions and recordings - wonderful new resource for choirs

Doctoral researcher Leonard Sanderman from York University has contacted us to spread the news of his recently completed project to make the Complete Sacred Choral Music of Alice Mary Smith freely available in a set of scholarly editions and in a recording by the Eoferwic Consort. This is a wonderful new resource for choirs.

'Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884) was a prolific composer who was well-respected by critics and colleagues alike. Her oeuvre comprises one of the largest collections of sacred music by any woman composer, and contains the first music by a woman composer to be sung in the liturgies of the Church of England.  

These scores and recordings are published as part of the project "The Complete Sacred Music of Alice Mary Smith" at the University of York which is funded by a Knowledge Exchange Project Award form the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities. The original manuscripts are held at the Royal Academy of Music.' (Leonard Sanderson)

You will find links to the open access scores and recordings here

Errollyn Wallen - from the Lighthouse to Space! Brilliant piece on brilliant WiM Member's music

Brilliant article about brilliant composer (and WiM member) Errollyn Wallen  in the context of her Prom Concert in the RAH last week ... so rare that a contemporary women composer gets that space - so many congratulations. Even more notable as Wallen's world premiere piece was alongside Elgar, Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky. Look out for news of more of Errollyn Wallen's music 

Thea Musgrave, Elizabeth Maconchy, Judith Weir, Joanna Lee - BBC Proms Saturday 17 August 3 pm

The BBC Singers conducted by Sofi Jeannin give a concert of British choral music including works by four women composers, Thea Musgrave, Elizabeth Maconchy, Judith Weir, Joanna Lee. Lee's At this man’s hand is a new BBC commission. This wonderful programme is genuine 50:50 programming at last, well done BBC.

Sat 17 Aug 2019 Holy Sepulchre London 3 pm

Sally Beamish, Iris ter Schiphorst and Judith Weir - New music inspired by Enigma Variations - BBC Proms Tuesday 13 August 7 pm

A new work of music by 14 composers, Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Blackford, Gavin Bryars, Brett Dean, Dai Fujikura, Wim Henderickx, Colin Matthews, Anthony Payne, John Pickard, David Sawer, Iris ter Schiphorst, Judith Weir. Inspired by Elgar's Enigma Variations, the work is a tribute to Martyn Brabbins on his 60th birthday. Pleased to see three female composers were asked to contribute, 50:50 next time BBC?

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

BBC Proms Tuesday 13 August 7 pm