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: http://www.jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/lets-make-opera-for-garsington.html. and here is a piece on the Opera company's website with more detail and biogs of all concerned look here
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!
www.womeninmusic.org.uk - select projects (and remember to post your women's music events in the what's on facility)
www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/women-make-music/ Next round in in 2016 - details published in December - keep a look out!
Natalia Franklin Pierce
Sound and Music
e: [email protected]
t: 020 7759 1814
Sound and Music, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Queensland Symphony Orchestra has just appointed the first woman music director of any of the Oz orchestras.She is Alondra de la Parra, from Mexico/USA. Seems like a rising star! www.alondradelaparra.com
With sincere thanks and best wishes,
FOR EVERYTHING THAT LIVES IS HOLY
John Edwards (double bass)
Charlotte Hug (viola, voice)
Caroline Kraabel (alto sax, voice)
Maggie Nicols (voice)
Phil Wachsmann (violin, viola, electronics)
THE PRICE OF EXPERIENCE
Mark Sanders (percussion)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Cleveland Watkiss (voice, electronics)
I WANT! I WANT!
Hannah Marshall (cello)
Evan Parker (saxes)
Daniel Thompson (guitar)
Sadly this event has been cancelled but please watch this space as it will be rescheduled.
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