Women in Music Survey of BBC Proms 2016 - how are women composers doing this time around

Sending out a few posts at once today as there is a lot to share ....

Every year Women in Music surveys the BBC Proms in London to see how well - or not as is often the case - women composers, conductors and lead players represented and included. You can see this year's ratings on the Women in Music website at this link:

http://www.womeninmusic.org.uk/proms-survey.htm

These statistics are respected as a vital resource by many people including journalists and leading publications. We have contacted programmers from time to time to make our views known on how vital it is to include many more women. It remains a mystery how BBC Radio 3 can have a wonderful array of composers on International Women's Day and a major resource list of same on their website and still the Prom programmers in their name appear to have difficulty including significant numbers in the proms. Anyway this year shows improvements in some areas - it can't be hard! For example there are 5 instead of 2 women conductors ... And not in others. Still a long long way to go.!

You are welcome to quote the stats however we ask that you always quote the source of course.

You can access the full BBC Proms programme  HERE



Streetwise Opera is calling for Composers in Residence in 5 UK cities Apply by 8 June

Follow this link to find out more about a great opportunity to become one of 5 Composers in Residence with Streetwise Opera ! 

http://m.streetwiseopera.org/composer-residence 

You have until  8th June at midnight to apply and you must be available for interview on 16th June and there are some designated training days. The residencies will take place in each of the 5 different cities where Streetwise Opera have bases. The company gives homeless people a voice through participation in opera.  This is focused on 'Mid-Career' composers of any age for whom this would be a 'significant' breakthrough opportunity

Here are more details. Follow the link for information on how and where to apply

Photo Alan Kerr

Streetwise Opera is offering an opportunity for five composers to become the company’s Composers in Residence with their groups in five cities across England, supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

The residencies provide rich professional development opportunities for emerging or mid-career composers with a keen interest in opera. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain broad experience of the life of Streetwise Opera, an award-winning commissioning and producing opera company that works with people who have experienced homelessness and other members of the community.

Each Composer in Residence will develop a short (3-5 minute) operatic chorus for performance in early 2017. We will appoint one composer for each city we work in: London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle/Gateshead and Nottingham.

The texts for the commissions will be written in collaboration with our performers through a process of experimentation and exploration, allowing them to make creative decisions and feel a sense of ownership over the final piece. Streetwise Opera’s professional workshop leaders will help facilitate the process.

The vocal abilities of each group should be taken into account to allow our performers to fully express the text and shine in their delivery. Generally speaking, broad vocal lines work better than angular writing. Vocal writing can be in unison throughout or include two-part harmony and short episodes for solos.

Scope

Each commission needs to be devised, written and rehearsed during the period of July 2016 to January 2017, before being performed in an informal regional Opera Hour in early 2017. During the summer of 2017, all five commissions will be performed in an event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Streetwise Opera and the achievements of our performers.

Who will this suit?

For this set of commissions, we are focusing on emerging to mid-career composers of any age, for whom this would represent a significant and demonstrable development opportunity. We are particularly interested in composers who live and work in or near the cities in which we are based – London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle/Gateshead and Nottingham. We are looking for composers with a keen interest in writing for voice and opera. We are interested in hearing from people who may not have worked in community settings or with non-professionals before, as well as those who may have some experience in these areas.



The Vortex London N16 on 20 April Koral Society & Zoe Lewis Women Led Double Bill

BLOW THE FUSE PRESENTS ZOE LEWIS PLUS KORAL SOCIETY

LONDON: Vortex Jazz Club

WED 20TH APR, 2016 8:00pm  TICKET LINK

Blow the Fuse's celebrated Tomorrow the Moon series - women-led double bills at the Vortex - feasturing Zoe Lewis + Koral Society.

Zoe Lewis
Now resident in Provincetown, a rare London appearance from Zoe Lewis.
Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Worldbeat grooves, original tunes, quirky story telling and a huge sense of humour!

"A true artist, blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary." Bay Windows, Boston, MA

"An amazing modern day Noel Coward." Rich Warren, WFTM, Chicago, IL
With Angele Veltmeijer (sax/flute)
Deidre Cartwright (gtr) Alison Rayner (db)

Koral Society - (Outerglobe.co.uk artists)
Caroline Trettine's guitar-based songs are transformed by the virtuosic Mosi Conde (kora) and Alison Rayner (double bass) to create original world class, culturally blended folk music.

Brand new album 'Waters Wide'
'wonderful and really lovely' Peter Culshaw, Arts Desk
'wistfully sweet', Gideon Coe, BBC 6 Music ,

We'd like to thank the the PRS for Music Foundation for their support.






She Said English National Ballet 3 new femalechoreographed balletsb& Jocelyn Pook Music 13-16 April

Three New Ballets

Here is the TICKET LINK

English National Ballet’s new triple bill features new pieces created by world-class female choreographers: Aszure Barton, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Yabin Wang.  And music by Women in Music member Jocelyn Pook

Their credits list is a roll call of the world’s best dance companies and artists, from Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Lopez Ochoa), to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sydney Dance Company (Barton) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Wang). The world premiere of She Said is a rare opportunity to experience their talent and vision on a single stage. 

Aszure Barton's Fantastic Beings is a piece fuelled by the individuality of the dancers, which will develop from an intense process of collaboration. Set to a new score by Mason Bates, a composer and DJ known for his innovative orchestral writing, and featuring costume designs by Michelle Jank, it promises to live up to Barton's reputation as “one of the most innovative choreographers of this generation” (Mikhail Baryshnikov). 

 Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings tells the story of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo, from her life-changing accident as a teenager to her stormy relationship with painter Diego Rivera. Lopez Ochoa collaborates with director Nancy Meckler and composer Peter Salem, with whom she created the award-winning dance version of A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet. 

Yabin Wang is a leading figure in contemporary dance in China and an international performer. She produces works which foster collaboration between Chinese and international artists (the most recent, The Moon Opera, will come to Europe next year).  For She Said she brings the Greek heroine Medea into the realm of classical China, with music by Jocelyn Pook using Western and traditional Chinese instruments and costumes by Kimie Nakano (Akram Khan’s Dust). 

Please note the front cloth for She Said contains representations of nudity.