Film scored by WiM Member shortlisted for Birmingham Film Festival award

Women in Music member Rosemary Duxbury - composer and musician - has scored another success. Not only is a film she composed the soundtrack for been accepted for the Birmingham Film Festival it has also been shortlisted for the Best  Micro Short Award. The film is Communications by Peter James for Boxshoe Films and it shows at the Festival on November 21st at 10am. 

Birmingham Film Festival runs from November 18th-21st and details can be found at www, .  

Rosemary Duxbury is a British composer writing music for concert, film & media 'to touch the heart and inspire the soul'. . Her pieces are often played on American radio and she also has music being performed on Saturday October 30th 7.30 pm St John the Baptist Church, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester.

Jennifer Fowler composition premiere at Royal Academy of Music - online viewing for a month

There will be a premiere of a piece of distinguished composer and Women in Music Founder Member, Jennifer Fowler, at the Royal

 Academy of Music (London) at 1 pm UK time on Wednesday, 23 June. It is a piece for solo bassoon, to be played bya post-grad student (Hugo Mak) in a concert that is being streamed. Details below.

The RAM has been commissioning a series of solo works to celebrate their 200th anniversary next year. Many new pieces are being played by the students throughout this year and all the commission performances will come out on CD next year.

 Jennifer's piece is almost certainly 2nd on the programme. The concert will continue to be available for streaming for a month after the performance. It is free.

 Just click on this link at 1 pm on Wed or any time afterwards for a month:

To find out more about Jennifer Fowler and her approach to music and her outstanding career go to this link   



The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900, edited by Laura Hamer

Laura Hamer has edited this excellent new volume looking at women in music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It brings together the work and voices of both academic researchers active in the field of Women in Music Studies and female music practitioners, in a volume that provides a high quality, accessible overview of women’s work in music since 1900.

The volume considers the breadth of women’s musical participation and experience across a wide range of musical genres, including the classical tradition, women in popular music, women and music technology, women in music education and women in the music industries. The book considers the gendered nature of the musical profession and discusses a wide range of musicians including Elizabeth Maconchy, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho,  Sinéad O’Connor, Billie Holiday, Delia Derbyshire, The Supremes.

‘In Her Own Words’ contributions from practitioners bring topics intensely to life and additional advice for further reading open up potential new areas of enquiry for readers.

The contributors are Laura Hamer, Sophie Fuller, Rhiannon Mathias, Elaine Kelly, Astrid Kvalbein, Francesca Placanica, Elizabeth Hoffman, Tammy L. Kernodle, Jacqueline Warwick, Katherine Williams, Michael Brocken, Kristin J. Lieb, Virginia Kettle, Louis Niebur, Margaret Schedel, Flannery Cunningham, Manuella Blackburn, Robert Legg, Clare K. Duffin, Steph Power, and Victoria Armstrong.

Many thanks to Laura Hamer for the information included here.

JAM’s Masterclass series - submit 50-bar sketches for Organ or Brass Quintet by Tuesday 1st June

Women in Music is pleased to share this opportunity for composers.

As the next step in JAM’s Masterclass series, click here to submit 50-bar sketches for Organ or Brass Quintet by Tuesday 1st June.  This could be something you’re working on and/or nearly finished – it doesn’t have to be started from scratch.

JAM is encouraging sketches written for diverse genres including concert, church and jazz.  Also, a solo trumpet or brass duet is as valid as a piece for quintet.

3 Organ and 3 Brass sketches will be selected to be workshopped at the JAM on the Marsh festival on 13th July with Francesca Massey (Rochester Cathedral) and Onyx Brass, led by Professor Paul Mealor.

Then, these 6 pieces need to be finished for performance by Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass in London this autumn.

One composer will be awarded a £500 JAM commission for premiere in March in London.

Click here for full details on our Masterclass series and to watch Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass’ bite-size Masterclasses.

JAM looks forward to receiving your submission(s).




Errollyn Wallen CBE receives ISM Distinguished Musician Award

Women in Music congratulates ERROLLYN WALLEN CBE on her award of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) DISTINGUISHED MUSICIAN AWARD - one of the highest accolades in music. Errollyn is a founder member of Women in Music always making the difference! Well done Errollyn - adding another great award to your brilliant standing.

"Belize-born British composer, pianist and singer-songwriter, Errollyn Wallen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 ISM Distinguished Musician Award, one of the highest honours within the music industry, for services to music.

Established in 1976, the ISM Distinguished Musician Award recognises outstanding contributions to musical life in the UK. Errollyn joins such esteemed recipients as Dame Sarah Connolly, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Michael Tippett, Jacqueline du Pré OBE and Sir Charles Groves.  The ISM Distinguished Musician Award is selected by the ISM Council and is always dated the year before it is awarded to correspond with the term of the ISM President.

Errollyn’s music is performed regularly in concert halls around the world, and she was the first Black woman to have a work performed at the Proms (1998). Her solo album Errollyn reached even greater heights, as it completed 186 orbits around the Earth on NASA’s STS 115 mission. Her work Jerusalem – our clouded hills, a reimagination of Hubert Parry’s setting, was commissioned for the Last Night of the Proms in 2020, and is dedicated to the Windrush generation. Her EP, Peace on Earth, recorded by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, was released last November. 

On learning of her conferral Errollyn Wallen CBE said:
‘I am deeply honoured to receive this award from the ISM, who do so much to promote the vital importance of music for us all. These times have revealed that the making of live music has been under the direst threat and yet the need and longing for it has never been greater.’

ISM President 2020-21, Professor Chris Collins said:
‘Errollyn’s work is truly unique. Both her career and music-making transcend boundaries, and during COVID-19, Errollyn has continued to innovate, explore and challenge. In my term as ISM President, I can think of no one more worthy of receiving this award.’    "

Find out more about Errollyn's work at

Dr Samantha Ege + Odaline de La Martinez +piano music of Florence Price

6:30pm - 7:30pm on Resonance 104.4fm and DAB London Debbie Golt WiM Chair has great guests in her show. Repeated Monday 4am and on Mixcloud - watch out for the link.

The Outerglobe

Debbie Golt takes African music and wider arts and culture as her starting point. This week: Debbie meets Dr Samantha Ege, pianist/musicologist, and Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer/conductor and director Lorelt Records (and founder member Women in Music) , to discuss and celebrate the release of Fantasie Nègre, The Piano Music of Florence Price (African-American Black Renaissance composer 1887-1953), and its life-changing impact on Ege. Visit for more information. Tweet to @outerglobe. [Repeated Monday 4am]