London Jazz News features the BASCA Role & Profile of female composers event at Kings Place on 24th October

As Women in Music UK member ,  Issie Barratt says: "Nice wee article about the three pieces Laura Jurd, Emily Saunders and I have written as part of BASCA's Kings Place's WoW gig 24th October 2015 (Mine's dedicated to JT and Ray Warleigh) Great that Jessy McCabe can be part of the panel"  

WiM UK members Jenni Rodditi, (founder member) Nicola Lefanu and (fellow founder member) Shirley Tompson are amongst the wonderful composers who have pieces in this very welcome concert and event presented by BASCA as part of the Equator Festival Women of the World (founded by another WiM UK member - Pritti Paintal) at Kings Place, London

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The BASCA event is in the What's On section of Women in Music UK's website. Why not add your own event featuring women music creators ? It's very easy and additions are promptly added on

Tickets are still available via


DEBATE - 2.30pm – 3.15pm - The role and profile of female composers chaired by BASCA CEO Vick Bain with:
Jessy McCabe – student who is currently petitioning for more women to be represented in A-level music exams
Issie Barratt- composer and Chair of BASCA's Jazz Executive Committee
Shirley Thompson- composer and BASCA Classical Executive Committee Member

CONCERT, 3.20pm – 5pm (with interval) 
Issie Barratt A shared matter of confluence
Mira Calix The More That You Appear
Laura Jurd Awakening
Nicola LeFanu Sea Sketches                                                                                                                                                                               Emily Saunders Mashup2                                                                                                                                                                                           Dr Shirley J. Thompson Sunbeam Child                                                                                                                                                              Jenni Roditi Geo Muso!

Nicola Lefanu and Jenni Roditi are also members of BASCA's Classical Executive Committee. In fact BASCA headed up by CEO Vick Bain (female) have  a significant number of women on their committees and Women in Music UK are proud of our members' contributions to this vital associations for Songwriters and Composers (one and the same thing really! Creators of music!) 

Marie Claire Women at the Top Award for Rock the Belles founder DJ Emily Rawson

The Marie Claire magazine Women at the Top Awards  celebrate inspirational female innovators from business, arts to technology & medicine.  Emily Rawson is a much in demand DJ with brand support galore who aims to feminise the music industry, especially the DJ world. She founded Rock the Belles a female DJ collective to give a platform for women DJs and challenge the predominantly male scene and mentors women who want to 'make it big on the music scene. '

Follow this link to find out more

Congratulations from Women in Music UK

Fwd: Ladies' Orchestras

Wondering if anyone can help with this?

Subject: Ladies' Orchestras

I hope that among the membership of Women in Music, particular in the field of academic research, there may be someone who can add to the little knowledge I have about a particular ladies’ orchestra.
There is a personal slant to my enquiry in that an ancestor of my wife Fiona was leader and soloist in the orchestra – Florence Maybury. The orchestra in which Florence served as lead violin was billed as “Madame Marie Levante’s celebrated Orchestra of Ladies” during the First World War when touring town halls and concert halls on morale-boosting ventures. It was clearly in its day a revolutionary band for what (at the time) were “unladylike” instruments – such as the trombone – were included. Nor was it just a wartime gimmick to have a women-only band, for Mme Levante had started recruiting for what was then a “Bohemian Band of Women” back in 1894.
If the names of Madame Marie Levant and Florence Maybury stir any recollections of historical research I would look forward to your reply. And even if the names mean nothing, at least I hope this may generate interest in an area of historic significance.
Best wishes
(Dr) Paul Seeley.

Perceptions of Leadership Progression Pathways and Nurturing Aspiring Female Jazz Leaders

A report by Dr Andrea Creech from the Institute of Education, University of London for the National Youth Jazz Collective, looking at an initiative to create new opportunities for young women to develop as leaders in jazz.

Fw: JAM's call for music is now open

Breaking NewsJAM’s Call for Music is now open

Closing date: Monday 30th November 2015
Submit music for JAM’s 2016 season launch concert at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London on 17th March.  The concert will be performed by The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ), conducted by Michael Bawtree.   The submissions will be joined by JAM’s stunning commission by Thea Musgrave The Voices of our Ancestors.  This performance will be professionally recorded for composers to use in publicising their work.
In 2016, JAM will run 20 events.  Music submitted will be considered for repeat performance throughout the season.
Being part of the JAM is a real forum for skills and career development, working with professionals and mentoring from established composers.   Since launch in 2000, JAM has received close to 2000 submissions.
Anyone aged 18 or over may submit music to JAM if they are born, living or studying in the UK.  Every submission will be read by the JAM Creative Panel; Nicholas Cleobury (conductor), Daniel Cook (sub-organist, Westminster Abbey), Eric Crees (principal trombone, Royal Opera House), Michael Emery (producer BBC Singers), Timothy Jackson (composer, principal horn at Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Robert Jones (director of music, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street) and Sarah MacDonald (director of Music, Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge and Ely Cathedral Girls Choir).
Submissions must be written for choir, brass quintet and organ OR any combination of these forces for performance with some of the UK’s most significant composers.  A solo trumpet piece is just as relevant as an organ and tenor piece or one for all forces.
A maximum time limit of 10 minutes per piece is stipulated. There is no minimum limit – a short fanfare is just as relevant as a 10 minute piece for all the forces.
Founded in 2000, JAM continues to be a rich forum for development.  Established composers and musicians are on hand, offering constructive critique.  Performances are attended by the general public and also publishers, commissioners, concert/festival managers and the media.
Composers must go to or click here for full details on how to submit.
Increasing its commitment to nurturing new music, JAM will shortly release details of a series of master-classes on writing for choir, brass and organ plus word setting.  Tutors involved in these master-classes include composer Judith Bingham, organist Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey) and Principal Horn of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Timothy Jackson.  JAM is meanwhile encouraging composers to register their interest via the website.
In JAM’s professional environment, each year the next generation of composers are mentored and inspired for a career in music, enriching their development that will benefit them forever.
“My association with JAM has not only been an invaluable experience, but essential to the development of my career as a composer.  It is a truly remarkable organisation that it crucial to broadening and maintaining the richness of contemporary classical music.”  Hannah Kendall, submission composer
“The exposure that JAM has given me has been great, leading to being published by Novello this year. I will always be very grateful to JAM for selecting my piece and investing their time in my career.” Phillip Cooke, submission composer
For over fifteen years now JAM has been putting on fascinating concerts, has commissioned a substantial body of new work, and given countless opportunities to emerging composers through their submissions scheme. Without them, the world would be a much duller place!  Gabriel Jackson
for more information about JAM’s Call for Music and how to submit
and register your interest in the master-classes
Sarah Armitage
Head of Marketing
(07771 782 890)
New music, we love it.