Remembering Patricia Adkins Chiti

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 presence, warmth.

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.

Her friend and colleague Silvia Costa (MEP and Chair of the Committee on Culture, Education and Sport at the European Parliament) has written a powerful tribute, Patricia Adkins Chiti: A life for women in music, which is reproduced in Musicwoman. You can read it here

Here also is the Wikipedia link for PAC (as she was affectionately known)

Lucy Hollingworth for WiM

Mosaic at Grimeborn one scene operas at Arcola Theatre, London features many women composers

Mosaic Opera Collective is group of leading Black and Asian artists and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines dedicated to reinvigorating opera just as much as we celebrate it. Mosaic creates urgent, dynamic and engaging works which bring to the centre our multi-faceted experiences and identities and in doing so, add fresh and vibrant narratives to the operatic canon

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'

Arcola Theatre, 

24 Ashwin Street, E8 2DJ London, United Kingdom

Lili Boulanger at the BBC Proms this week - Sunday 12 August and Wednesday 15 August

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.