The Overture to Ethel Smyth's opera The Boatswain's Mate is performed at the BBC Proms this afternoon at Alexandra Palace at 3 pm. Jane Glover conducts.
Women in Music were very sorry to hear of the passing of Patricia
Adkins Chiti, founder and director of Fondazione Adkins
Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM), in June. She was a tireless campaigner for Women in Music
internationally. She will be greatly missed. Some WiM members were
longstanding friends of PAC, others only met her on occasions. She always made
a great impression with her focus and determination and, behind her formidable
I met Patricia only once, in London in 2013 when she came to promote WIMUST, a Europe wide project campaigning for equal treatment for women creators and composers of music. We talked about my own story of struggle to establish myself as a female composer and she was both sympathetic and supportive with practical advice. It was in my meeting with her that I realised that my career difficulties had not been simply due to what I thought were my own inadequacies, but were very likely related to my gender, and I also discovered that day that there were many other women who had been through similar difficulties. A life changing moment for me.
Another BBC commission for this year's Proms, Bushra El-Turk's song Crème Brûlée on a Tree receives its premiere at Cadogan Hall. The piece is a response to Bernstein’s La bonne cuisine, also performed in the recital.
Tonight at the Royal Albert Hall the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the first movement, exuberant, playful, bright from Elizabeth Ogonek's All These Lighted Things.
Laura Mvula's Love Like A Lion with words by Ben Okri is premiered by the BBC Singers at Cadogan Hall, 1 pm.
Agata Zubel's Fireworks is performed by the European Union Youth Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall
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The season continues tonight, Thursday August 17th and on to Saturday and SUnday 18th and 19th with two platfroms. Follow the link below for full details.
Having seen the presentation that will be shown again, tonight Friday 17th August, WiM chair Debbie Golt says 'I highly recommend this mini opera series at the open hearted Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London. I was so delighted to find so many women composers leading in adventurous and beautifully scored and performed one scene pieces with true diversity at their heart'
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Another world premiere, Laura Jurd's The Earth Keeps Spinning receives its premiere performed by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the late prom on Thursday.
Suzanne Farrin's Hypersea is premiered at Cadogan Hall by Colin Currie and the JACK Quartet.
Boulanger's music is performed in two Proms this week. Pour les funerailles d'un soldat tonight at 8 pm by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Psalm 130 'Du fond de l'abîme' on Wednesday at 7.30 pm performed by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. There is a Proms Plus talk about Boulanger's music on Wednesday too.