Jessie Montgomery, Hildegard von Bingen, Alexia Sloane, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, BBC Proms, Monday 22 July

Monday 22 July sees four works by women composers at the BBC Proms.

At 11 am, at the CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon you can hear US composer Jessie Montgomery's Starburst performed by the Chineke! Orchestra.

Then at Cadogan Hall at 1 pm you can hear Hildegard von Bingen's Psalm antiphon Spiritus sanctus vivificans and Alexia Sloane's BBC commission Earthward; the performances are by VOCES8.

At 7.30 pm the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School perform Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Metacosmos.

More information here:

The Daffodil Perspective 21st July 2019

The one and only gender equal show championing women composers and programming for justice.

This week: PARMA Recordings monthly residency with music from Zae Munn and the dream team you need to hear- Alto Sax and Contraforte bassoon.

Contemporary Composer Elena Ruehr as composer of the week

New game Classical Connections. Two pieces, two composers are connected - can you guess how?

All this plus musicv from William gRant Still, Cypress String Quartet and lots more!

Zosha Di Castri - Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory - BBC Proms first night tonight 7.30 pm

The BBC Proms season is here again and I will be promoting concerts featuring women composers and conductors. Tonight the Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri features in the first night, with her work Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory. The BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers are conducted by Karina Canellakis, 7.30 pm

First half live on BBC Two, second half live on BBC Four.

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New spreadsheet listing every 2019 release of women composers

There's been so many amazing recordings out this year of women composers, both contemporary and historical. Now you can check them all out with this new spreadsheet. 

Every single 2019 release of exclusively women composers, all with links to listen and buy too! 

Hopefully it'll be a fantastic resource and inspiration. 

(Is there one missing? Contact The Daffodil Perspective and it'll be added)

Summer Piano Recital - Natalie Bleicher, Hannah Gill & Tim Pryce - Saturday 6 July, London

Summer Piano Recital

Natalie Bleicher, Hannah Gill & Tim Pryce

Three pianists perform music by Rachmaninoff and beyond, including new music by British and Irish composers, Sarah Rodgers, Issie Barratt, Jennifer Fowler, Karen Tanaka and Natalie Bleicher.

Saturday 6 July 2019, 6:30-7:30pm followed by drinks
St Cuthbert's Church, Fordwych Road, London NW2 3TN
Kilburn (Jubilee line) 5 min walk, Brondesbury or West Hampstead Thameslink 10 min walk

Entrance by donation


We Can - women's event with live music & DJ + networking in safe atmosphere London tonight & future plans

We Can women's events are back with their second event of the year Upstairs at The Ritzy,Brixton, London  to promote Women in Music and The Arts. 

As usual there is a great, all-female house band, Mistaphonic, playing a funky Latin/jazz set and kicking off the Jam/collaboration later. Debbie Golt of Sisters of Reggae and Outer Globe fame will be on the decks spinning those sweet, vintage sounds and we have artists exhibiting their work. So come and network, bring your instrument, voice, poetry and friends and join us!

Entry by donation  - collecting for Solace Women's Aid

Follow the link for more details

Paula Wolfe Album and Book Launch London July 1st - with Lucy O'Brien

A joint launch of the album and the book!

Paula’s live set of the album will be followed by an In Conversation with MOJO critic and author: Lucy O’Brien.

Why did reviewers of Bjork’s 2006 Vulnicura album give full credit to her male co-producer, and ignore her efforts – even though she was boss in the studio?

Why is the studio now a woman’s room of one’s own?

I’ll be talking about this and more, with singer/composer PAULA WOLFE next Monday 1 July @The Harrison. She's playing live at the launch of her new album White Dots and book, Women in the Studio.

Come and join us for music and conversation!

The Single

'Georgia Blue' is the first single from Paula Wolfe's forthcoming third album White Dots (* * * * MOJO): 

In early January 2010, Paula travelled by train from her studio in Norfolk to interview Isabella Summers from Florence and The Machine at Dean Street Studios, Soho for what was then PhD research, now a book: Women in The Studio, Creativity, Control and Gender in Popular Music Production (Routledge) on music production and gender, due for publication June 27. The train back that evening was delayed because the scheduled driver didn’t show up for his shift. Whilst the others passengers expressed their outrage, Paula started to imagine what might have caused the driver’s failure to turn up.

Natalie Bleicher plays new piano music by women, 12 noon, 22 June, Bushey, Herts

Lunchtime recital at St James’s Church, Bushey

Natalie Bleicher (solo piano)

Saturday 22 June 2019 at 12pm

St James’s Church, High St, Bushey WD23 1BD. It’s about a mile from Bushey station. Trains from London Euston take about 20 minutes.

Coffee served from 11am, light lunches at 1pm.


Issie Barratt    Before Time

Natalie Bleicher    Deine Schönen Hände

Paul Burnell    3 Plain Pieces

Jennifer Fowler    Piece for E.L.

Ben Hanlon       Three pieces (world premiere)

Sarah Rodgers    Toccata 47 (world premiere)

Karen Tanaka    selection from Our Planet Earth

The concert will last approx. 45 minutes.