Women in Jazz: A Celebration of the Past, Present and Future - A Barbican Library Exhibition

A musical and social survey of the rich contribution women have made to jazz over the last 100 years, and of the talented upcoming generation who herald an exciting new era.

The exhibition pays particular attention to instrumentalists. While many vocalists such as Ella, Billie, Nina and Cleo are household names, many star players and pioneers have been sadly neglected and deserve to be rediscovered. The exhibition also highlights how 20th century social and political change has played a significant role in women’s growing involvement in jazz. 

Drawing on the rich resources of the National Jazz Archive the exhibition includes photos, posters, journals, video and memorabilia.


Are you a record label, venue, club, artist or other music organisation? Meet HLF and ACE, Tuesday 23rd October, London

Are you a record label, venue, club, artist or other music organisation with a story to tell, a legacy to preserve, or a catalogue that needs re-igniting? Do you have audiences to build?

Come meet funders Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund on Tuesday 23rd October at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA for a night of information, inspiration and motivation that will help you decide whether we are the right funders for you!

The evening includes an opportunity to pitch your idea to our panel for the chance of a prize up to £500!

Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start.  Ends: 21:00

To book a place, email [email protected] with your:



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Note: This event will not be relevant for individual musicians or artists seeking grants for their creative work.  Please see Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants for alternative funding options.


Ethel Smyth at Southwark Cathedral - London Oriana Choir - 3 November 2018


·       Concert at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 3rd, November

·       Pre-concert talk by Dr Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey on the extraordinary life of Dame Ethel Smyth

·       Continues the choir’s commitment to championing the work of women composers under its five15 initiative


For its first concert of the 2018/19 season, the London Oriana Choir is pairing two major choral works written more than a hundred and fifty years apart under compellingly different circumstances, the Magnificat by J S Bach and Mass in D by Ethel Smyth.

First performed in Leipzig in 1733, the Magnificat in D is one of Bach's most popular vocal works, written when the composer was Kantor at the Thomasshule in the city. On the other hand, Ethel Smyth had to contend with opposition from her father to pursue a career in music, ultimately becoming a prolific composer, writing chamber music, choral works and opera, as well as orchestral, piano and vocal pieces.

Born in Kent in 1858, Ethel Smyth was a remarkable woman who lived a rich and varied life in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. She also spent time in Leipzig, studying at the University where she met Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, and Grieg. She lived through some of the most turbulent times with regards to women’s rights and was herself a leading suffragette, giving up music for two years to devote herself to the cause. She was the first woman to have an opera performed at Covent Garden in 1902 and at the New York Met in 1903 – it was more than another 100 years before other female composers could claim this honour. In recognition of her work as a composer and writer, Smyth was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1922, becoming the first female composer to be awarded a damehood.

“By performing the rarely-heard Ethel Smyth Mass alongside the Bach Magnificat, we are continuing our commitment to bringing the work of women composers to a wider audience as part of our five15 initiative”, said Dominic Ellis-Peckham, musical director of the London Oriana Choir. “It is a beautiful and sensitive setting of the Mass text, while at the same time full of energetic writing. We are very thrilled to be giving a prominent spotlight marvellous piece and hope that our continued and passionate attention to the work of women composers results in equality for all composers, regardless of gender.”

The concert will take place at Southwark Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd November, together with the Meridian Sinfonia. There is also a pre-concert talk from 6.45pm to 7pm on the extraordinary life of Ethel Smyth by the renowned expert Dr Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey. Tickets are available from www.londonoriana.com

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