Jessica Duchen & Roxanna Panufnik to create People's Opera for Garsington 2017

A People's Opera for Garsington

Good news on the women in the right place music front - Roxanna Panufnik has been commissioned to write a new opera with libretto by Jessica Duchen working with Garsington Opera's learning and participation Creative Director Karen Gallagher who also directs their Opera for All programme.  It truly is a people's opera with great community and schools participation. It looks at the impact of war on families, specifically the 14-18 war with Siegfried Sassoon's poetry central. 

There's plenty of time to book your tickets as this is for the 2017 season.

Women in Music UK found out about this from  journalist/author Jessica Duchen's Music Blog which is well worth signing up for. JD is very passionate about women in music making which is refreshing in someone with such a high profile in her field 

Follow this link for more details: and here is a piece on the Opera company's website with more detail and biogs of all concerned       look here   

40 years of Women in Electronic music and opportunities for women music makers!

Just for your interest and listening pleasure here is a link to a fascinating and very welcome review of 40 years of women in electronic music - with a brilliant list of contributors you may not have known about  - the toys are not only for the boys! No way! Enjoy!


Women in Music UK incuded some pioneer electronic music in the 2nd round of our commissions a few years back (a role that PRS For Music Foundation has taken on board now with its excellent women make music  fund) . Follow the links here to find out more! - select projects (and remember to post your women's music events in the what's on facility)  Next round in in 2016 - details published in December - keep a look out!

Fw: Two Sound and Music artist opportunities and two paid internships

On Thursday, 22 October 2015, 17:33, Natalia Franklin Pierce <[email protected]> wrote:

Dear N/A
I hope you’re well.
I just wanted to let you know about two opportunities for artists open at the minute with the Open Data Institute and Sounding Motion. They close on Monday 9th November. It would be amazing if you’re able to shout about it to your networks. (see more info by clicking on the links below).
Make new music with the Open Data Institute! (Embedded)

Work closely with ODI staff, experts, curators and networks to create a new music or sound work inspired by, using or telling the stories of data. 
>> Apply now

Deadline: noon Monday 9 November 2015
Make new music with Sounding Motion (Portfolio)

Develop your collaborative skills and work in close partnership with instrumentalists, choreographers and dancers to develop a new short dance work for Sounding Motion
 >> Apply now

Deadline: noon Monday 9th November
We also have a paid internships for two 18-24 year olds who are registered unemployed if you might know anyone who’d be interested and eligible. More info here
Any help you can offer with spreading the word about these opportunities would be much appreciated. Do let us know if we can return the favour.
Very best wishes and thanks,
Natalia Franklin Pierce

Sound and Music
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Sound and Music, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Caroline Kraabel

I hope you will consider listing or helping to publicise the following series that I have been putting together... in fact, JUST fewer than half the musicians involved are women, but I feel it will be a culturally and musically significant in that all of the women involved (I cannot speak of myself in this way, but unhesitatingly say this of the others) are exceptionally gifted and fascinating improvisers, from Beibei Wang, a Chinese musical prodigy still in her twenties and burning to discover improvisation, through to Maggie Nicols, prominent feminist and one of the principal contributors to what is now recognised worldwide as the innovative and ground-breaking British improvised music idiom.

With sincere thanks and best wishes,
Caroline Kraabel

The Silver Wire
An improvised music series on William Blake's home ground in North Lambeth. A walk, a poem, three sets, three different groupings each evening.
Monday 26 October 2015, 8.30pm
John Edwards (double bass)
Charlotte Hug (viola, voice)
Caroline Kraabel (alto sax, voice)
Maggie Nicols (voice)
Phil Wachsmann (violin, viola, electronics)
Monday 30 November 2015, 8.30pm
John Edwards
Caroline Kraabel
Mark Sanders (percussion)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Cleveland Watkiss (voice, electronics)
Monday 21 December 2015, 8.30pm
John Edwards
Caroline Kraabel
Hannah Marshall (cello)
Evan Parker (saxes)
Daniel Thompson (guitar)
I'klectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane SE1 7LG (corner of Royal Street), next to Archbishop’s Park. The price of the experience: any one note (£5; £10 ...)

Monday 12th Oct 17.00 The Outerglobe on Resonance FM : WiMUK members guest & present! Ahead of BASCA event

Join WiMUK chair Debbie Golt on her weekly show The Outerglobe on Monday 12th October 2015 between 5-6pm on Resonance 104.4FM (Londonwide0 and resonancefm online - see links below - with special composer guests. Dr Shirley J Thompson and Issie Barratt, who are great composers as well as both being BASCA Executive Members and Women in Music UK members, join Debbie to preview the forthcoming BASCA concert and panel and the issues involved for female composers as well as highlighting  their careers. 

Shirley Thompson was the first woman in 40 years to compose and conduct a symphony and her beautiful works encompass many media from orchestral to ballet and opera. Often her Caribbean background and activist world view inform her wonderful writing. Issie Barratt composes and conducts mainly in the Jazz idiom with far reaching themes as well. She is co-founder of the National Youth Jazz Collective and received the Parliamentary Award for Jazz in 2014. Debbie Golt is well respected in the African and wider music business and consults for organisations and bands (including Caroline Trettine and Erna Chimu) as well as being a trainer and board member of Women's Radio Group. 

BASCA is presenting an event considering the role of Female Composers with a well chosen panel  and a fantastic concert on October 24th at Kings Place as part of the Equator Festival World of Women series. See the post further down this page for full details. BASCA is the  British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and currently women, including a good smattering of WiMUK members, are very well represented on most of the  Executive Committees. The CEO Vick Bain is also a woman,

The Outerglobe goes out weekly on Resonance 104.4fm on Mondays at 5pm with a repeat on Fridays at 2am.  Debbie Golt takes African music and wider arts and culture throughout the diaspora as her starting point and includes incisive, informative and entertaining interviews with movers and shakers across all arts genres and marvellous music. With Debbie Golt's passion for promoting women in music, female artists figure highly in the shows  as the normal thing as much as being searched for.  The Outerglobe is also on Mixcloud for listen again

Links:  worldwide (104.4FM Londonwide)