Congratulations to five women composers in the 2018 British Composer Awards

Four of the twelve categories were won by women composers, and there was a special BASCA award for Sally Beamish as well.

In the Land of Uz by Judith Weir

Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble
Afronaut by Cassie Kinoshi

Small Chamber
Unbreathed by Rebecca Saunders

Sonic Art
Halfway to Heaven by Emily Peasgood

British Composer Award for Inspiration in association with the Music Publishers Association
Sally Beamish

BBC Singers: Frances-Hoad and Bax, Singers at Six, 30 Nov 2018, 18:00, St Giles' Cripplegate

An Advent concert of seasonal British choral works by Arnold Bax and Cheryl Frances-Hoad anticipates Christmas joys to come.

Glowing with textural interest and intensity, as though lit from within, Frances-Hoad’s choral writing looks to the musical past for music that is very much of the present.  Her carols and motets take us from festive rejoicing, in the exuberant Gaude et Laetare , to rapt wonder in There is no Rose. Bax – Master of the King’s Music under George VI – also draws on the carol’s medieval origins in his graceful I Sing of A Maiden and This Worldes Joie.

More details here

Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Song Cycle ‘Last Man Standing’ to Premiere at Barbican Hall - Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of a newly-commissioned song cycle by British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad at Barbican Hall on Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm. Last Man Standing was inspired by the Great War and is programmed alongside Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony, which draws on the composer’s wartime experiences in the Medical Corps during WWI. Arnold Bax’s tone poem November Woods completes an all-British concert programme.

Listen to Reem Kelani being interviewed ahead of her Why do I love her EP launch on 30thNov at St Johns Church, Waterloo

Debbie Golt, WiM Chair has a weekly radio show on Resonance  104.4 fm / DAB London and interviewed Palestinian singer, composer, musicologist, broadcaster Reem Kelani this week. Reem talks about her new EP 'Why do I love her' and about her relationship with Palestine and how she works with her musicians .

Here is the link

Note the views expressed are Reem and Debbie's own. 

Here also is a link for Reem Kelani's EP launch

"Arts Canteen proudly presents “Palestine in Song” An evening with Reem Kelani.

Internationally acclaimed singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani is recognised as one of the most enthralling and innovative performers of Palestinian and Arabic music.

In “Palestine in Song”, Reem will take us on a journey through the history and music of her homeland, and beyond. Earlier this year, she explored the traditional music of Palestine from before and after 1948 on BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet.

Reem will be accompanied by masterful UK-based musicians, whom she has introduced to Arabic music: Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on double bass and Riccardo Chiaberta on percussion."

TONIGHT - and also wonderful albums to note - AMIRA KHEIR & YARA LAPIDUS at Richmix, London

There is a wonderful all women artists night at Richmix, Bethnal Green  Road, London (just near Shoreditch High Street station) tonight with young Sudanese singer/composer Amira Kheir and her band and Lebanese singer/composer Yara Lapidus  Here is the event link, it is promoted by the excellent organisation Arts Canteen who often programme in women artists in a way that is exemplary!   Follow the link to find out more about the artists in any case! 

Arts Canteen is proud to present a double bill and extracts from dual album of Indefiniment by Yara Lapidus and 'Mystic Dance' by Amira Kheir.

Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir ('The Diva of the Sudanese Desert' - BBC World News), has been trail-blazing her way through the world music and jazz scenes of London, defying categorisation. Her music draws from traditional Sudanese music, entrenched in frenzied East African polyrhythms, pentatonic scales, and ancient mystical Nubian and Niolitic melodies, while being strongly anchored in experimental jazz and neo-soul, in a vastness of electric desert blues.

Yara Lapidus has a voice from the land of the Cedar, deep, velvety, and made of a grain as soft as an embrace. 

When the great composer and producer, Gabriel Yared, composer of film scores such as 'The English Patient' met Yara in 2012, he was enthralled by her unique vocal timbre. Two years of writing, followed by recording sessions at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London lead to the album 'Indéfiniment'. There is nothing indefinite about this production, but there is the meticulous and magical precision of a craftsman of music and sound, combined with a voice, like a siren. Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the album « Indéfiniment »was born from a passion for simple and timeless songs.

Here also is an interview that WiM chair Debbie Golt did with Amira and one of her musicians Nadir Ramsey    They play live from Amira's new album Mystic Dance as well as talking about the music. 

Deeds Not Words - Scordatura Women’s Music Collective - 24 November, London

Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major Op. 38
Elizabeth Maconchy: String Quartet No 13 Quartetto Corto
Florence Price: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Amy Bryce: This is the House That Man Built (world premier)

To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act and the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, Scordatura Women’s Music Collective presents a programme of music by women on the theme of protest and resistance. The concert features Amy Bryce’s setting of Suffragette prison testimonies, as well as Louise Farrenc’s Nonet, the piece she used to force the Paris Conservatoire to grant her equal pay.

Scordatura Women’s Music Collective is a mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music written by women, to supporting and performing current composers and, through outreach work, to inspiring the next generation of women to compose.

For more details see

St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2SA

Tickets £12/£6

7.30 pm