Opportunity for orchestral works composers ... via competition ... to compose for the LSO

Here's an excellent opportunity for orchestral works composers - of which there are many fine women! Look at the links below quickly as applications close at the end of the month. 

"Could you compose a piece for one of the world's leading symphony orchestras? Applications for the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme are now open, and we're recruiting from a wide range of musical backgrounds. Find out more and apply below.

The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2019/20 LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme

Here is the link to the full article with guidelines and datelines!  


Just quickly ....The date for Rosemary Duxbury's London event has changed.

Just a quick Note - we publicised that WiM Member Rosemary Duxbury has a piece in a lovely concert in London but the date is now changed to November 8th! All the other details are the same

SO see http://www.rosemaryduxbury.com/ for full details of this and other upcoming delights.  We have edited the original post in this blog as well so do look there for further details too!

Are you a woman who composes? Or are you playing a concert with women composers' works featured? 

Do let us know! email chair @ womeninmusic.org.uk so we can include it in this blog - with tailored details as you see! 

sound festival Aberdeen features works by over 50 female composers

The festival runs from 24 October – 4 November and features 40 concerts in 19 venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with exhibitions, workshops and other events complementing live performances.

Among the 50 female composers featured in the 2018 festival are Diana Burrell, whose 70th birthday on 25 October is marked by a special concert, and Sally Beamish whose new work for 6 violas will have its World Premiere in a concert which also features Garth Knox’s Ockeghem Fantasy.

Other female composers premiering work at the festival include Anna Appleby, Deirdre McKay, Pippa Murphy and Diana Salazar. Meanwhile, A trio from sound’s associate ensemble, Red Note, will premiere five new works for flute, viola and cello by Scottish-based women composers Lisa Robertson, Aileen Sweeney, Electra Perivolaris, Lucy Hollingworth, and Sarah Rimkus, (27 October) developed during a residential weekend which will take place in Aberdeenshire this month.

Icebreaker: System Restart (2 November) will include works by Anna Meredith, Jobina Elizabeth Kelly, Kerry Andrew, Linda Buckley and Kate Moore. This concert will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Complementing the live performances of work by female composers will be a discussion on Saturday 27 October.  50:50 Equal opportunities for composers will be led by Lucy Hollingworth.

More about the sound festival here:


Performance of Rosemary Duxbury's 'without words without silence' piano solo piece in London & Coventry edited!

Performance of Rosemary Duxbury’s ‘without words, without silence’ for piano solo.

Julian Hellaby, piano recital
Thursday 8th November   NOTE CHANGED DATE
                                 1.15 pm St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA (opposite Euston Station) 
Saturday 10th November 1 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry. 
Free admission.

'without words, without silence’ is an 8 minute piano solo composed by Rosemary Duxbury. The title is from a zen koan, chosen after the music was composed. 

Rosemary writes: “There are certain occasions when we may experience a communication happening on another level, where we can discover that which is beyond words, beyond even the silence, and we are touched by a deeper language - that of the heart - where we can find our own truth. The intention of this piano piece is to invite the listener to enter into a still place within, where one’s own unique understanding may be realised, in a place ‘without words, without silence’."

Concert pianist Julian Hellaby will also play Bach Preludes & Fugues in F major and B-flat minor (Book 1), Preludes and Fugues in C-sharp major and B minor (Book 2), Beethoven sonata in F op.10/2, and Liszt Polonaise no.2 in E.

“The music is both of its time and ahead of it: it is a bringing of spirit to matter in the medium of sound  
that touches the highest levels of lightness and grace.” 
Jay Ramsay. CADUCEUS Magazine 

"The music combined an ethereal quality with enormous breadth, so that the effect was of a potent lightness,
calling to my mind at least a sense of mystic journey and resolution."
Jane Pearson writing for 'Women in Music Now'

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Power List 2018: Women in Music

A celebration of women who influence the music industries in many different ways. Who got onto the list and why? There is more detail here:


and one of the judges, classical music journalist Jessica Duchen, writes about the list and her experience of judging the entries here:


New Release from Gemini includes chamber works by Sadie Harrison, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Helen Roe

New Release - Bass Clarinet and Friends - a miscellany

Repertoire ranges from the romantic Phantasy Quintet for bass clarinet and string quartet by York Bowen to Jonathan Harvey's lively modernist The Riot for flute, bass clarinet and piano via Bill Smith's Jazz Set for two bass clarinets, Dave Smith's Aragonesca (Cuban dances for saxophone, bass clarinet, violin and cello) and chamber works by Sadie Harrison, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Helen Roe, Huw Watkins, John White.

Performers: Gemini (Ian Mitchell bass clarinet, |Ieana Ruhemann flutes, Aleksander Szram piano, Caroline Balding violin, Yuko Inoue viola, Sophie Harris cello)

and Friends: Ruth Ehrlich violin, Mick Foster bass clarinet, Naomi Sullivan saxophones, Alison Wells mezzo-soprano


Equator women of the world Festival - September and October

The Equator Festival - initiative of Shiva Nova director Priti Paintal goes from strength to strength, having been founded in 2007! Luckily still retaining Arts Council support the Festival once again presents a stunning and original programme in London with two 'all dayers on  September 22nd and October 20th at Kings Place. There are three brilliant  events each day and day passes available, effectively three for the price of two. .


A highlight involving founder Women in Music member Shirley Thompson is called Windrush on September 22nd

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the SS Windrush’s arrival with passengers from the West Indies seeking a new life in Great Britain and planning to help rebuild a broken nation. With instrumental music, spoken word and video, composer/artistic director Shirley J Thompson and guest musicians and composers bring narratives and memories from the Windrush experience.

Also on the 22nd there is Tsungai Tsikirai is an award-winning singer–songwriter and dancer from Zimbabwe, now based in the UK. With her southern African group Flame Lily Arts she brings a vibrant combination of dance and music influenced by the legendary sounds of Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Angélique Kidjo.

The October date is equallyimpressive 

Diversity Arts Network meeting - Friday Sept 14th Quarterhouse Folkestone

Diversity Arts Network meeting

Diversity and Youth + Arts Council South East's Diversity Strategy + the future of DAN


Friday Sept 14th, Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 1-5.30pm· 


Our next DAN session will be in 3 parts - it is an important session so do please try and attend as your input at this stage would be vital in shaping future strategy around Diversity for the region.  We will be discussing Young people and Diversity and how to involve them in any future diversity developments. The Gulbenkian Theatre and the Quarterhouse will be talking about their recent projects with young people and developments from this.  

Following this Terry Adams, Diversity Officer from Arts Council South East office will be talking about their Diversity Strategy and we will be able to feedback on this and input via email. 

Finally there will be a short session on the future of DAN, how members would like it to develop,  what role and purpose it could have, and which organisations should be involved in leading on this.



1pm - 1.30: Arrival/ Networking

1.30-2.30pm: Young people and Diversity

2.30-3pm: Q&A 

3-3.15pm: Coffee/Tea break

3.15-4pm: Arts Council Diversity Strategy

4-4.30pm: Feedback and Q&A

4.30-5pm: Future and role of DAN discussion

5-5.15 - Summing up

5.15-5.30 Networking


A light lunch/sandwiches will be available from 1pm. 

Spaces are limited so please book early on: 



Further chances to have 1-1 sessions on marketing, funding, and project development from specialist advisors are possible to set-up depending on demand.

Please do email us back on [email protected] if you are interested in a 1-1 session. 

We are also inviting artists and young people to talk about their work. 

If you want to speak about your work, or looking for suitable partners please do send us further details.

 Arts and Cultural organisations can lead the way in diversity as an integral part of what they do, the work they programme and the staff they employ so that arts and culture can belong to everyone.


Coming up:     

Equator at the Quarterhouse

Carmen Souza - Cape Verdean songstress with an African and jazz mix

Friday Sept 14th, 7.30pm

( do ask us for discounted tickets esp for DAN members) 

Women of the World at Kings Place London

Sat Sept 22nd and Sat Oct 20th