tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:/posts Women in Music UK Blog 2017-06-25T22:44:52Z WiM tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1167478 2017-06-25T22:40:26Z 2017-06-25T22:44:52Z Remembering Kyla Greenbaum

Kyla Greenbaum was a founder member of WiM. She died on 15th June aged 95.

Wim member Jennifer Fowler says

Those of us from the early years will remember her well.

She used to host committee meetings sometimes, where we were all showered with generous quantities of food and drink. She was a formidable woman who was also kind and generous. I am very glad to have known her.

She was a very well-known pianist in her day - promoting difficult and virtuosic contemporary music during the war and after, often as a soloist at The Proms. Also, at the Myra Hess National Gallery concerts in the war. The obituary says her grand piano still had scratches where the ceiling collapsed on it as she was hiding underneath during a German bombing raid.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1162934 2017-06-11T22:51:42Z 2017-06-11T22:51:43Z Roxanna Panufnik's New Opera

Roxanna Panufnik's new people's opera, Silver Birch, with a libretto by Jessica Duchen, is to be premiered by Garsington Opera in July.  More information here.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1162923 2017-06-11T22:35:12Z 2017-06-11T22:35:12Z Candy Floss and Merry-Go-Rounds: Female Composers, Gendered Language, and Emotion by Sarah Kirkland Snider

Another powerful and important article from NewMusicBox


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1162922 2017-06-11T22:26:26Z 2017-06-12T11:40:41Z Women in Music BBC Proms Survey 2017

For some years Women in Music (UK) has been doing a survey of the numbers of women represented in the BBC PROMS season. The Proms is the largest classical music festival in the world.

You can read this year's survey results here.


NOTE: Anyone is welcome to quote these statistics, but please mention the source. The figures for past Proms seasons are also available on the Women in Music (UK) website: http://www.womeninmusic.org.uk/

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1150509 2017-04-30T19:18:56Z 2017-04-30T19:18:56Z PRS Foundation Secures Funds from Creative Europe to Promote Women in Music

A great intiative by PRS Foundation supported the European Union


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1150277 2017-04-29T10:00:05Z 2017-04-29T10:00:05Z Nicola LeFanu - Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3

I can highly recommend listening to this week's programmes if you missed them.  LeFanu is a wonderful composer and there are some amazing performances of her work in these programmes.  I especially enjoyed her String Quartet No 2 in Episode 5.  She is also a great champion of the work of women composers one of the founders of Women in Music.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1150058 2017-04-28T12:02:17Z 2017-04-28T12:02:17Z Composing and Motherhood - an article by Emily Doolittle in NewMusicBox

This is a thoughtful and important article about the challenges and benefits of being a composer and a mother by Glasgow based composer Emily Doolittle.  Emily says 'It's relevant for everyone, not just composers and/or mothers, so please read it even if you are neither of those!'.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1149790 2017-04-27T11:51:50Z 2017-04-27T11:51:50Z Fabric launch Equalizing Music campaign to double female headliners by 2020 with a series of electronic music women's workshops

And this today as well!  Fabric recently won its case to reopen and they are fulfilling their promise to make a different to London (and the UK's night life with this excellent initiative for women in their 'Equalising Music' initiative.




With women accounting for only 17% of headliners in electronic music festivals last year, the industry is in danger of under-representing female talent.

On International Women's Day, the Smirnoff Sound Collective launched their "Equalizing Music" campaign with a pledge to double female headliners by 2020. We proudly support Smirnoff in this ambition and are working together to increase representation of women across all elements of nightlife culture.

Join us at fabric for a series of events in May aimed at helping break down barriers for women in electronic music through practical advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1149780 2017-04-27T11:35:14Z 2017-04-30T19:15:12Z Naomi Pohl becomes the Musicians Union's first female Assistant General Secretary


Catching up after a while with some excellent news. Our congratulations as .... 
Naomi Pohl becomes the Musicians Union's first female Assistant General Secretary

Naomi Pohl has been appointed as MU Assistant General Secretary, Music Industry, and becomes the first female to join the Union’s team of senior officials in the Union’s history!

“There is also crucial work continuing in the field of music education, campaigning for equal provision across the UK and decent pay and conditions for instrumental teachers. Plus we continue to lobby for the Agent of Change principle to be introduced so that music venues aren't threatened by noise complaints from neighbouring properties that post-dated them. So plenty to be getting on with!

“I am especially pleased to be the first female AGS and I hope this is an indication of increasing diversity, not only within the MU, but across the music industry. It takes time, but it will happen.”

General Secretary Elect, Horace Trubridge, says: “This is a very welcome appointment. Naomi has worked for the MU in every area of the industry and is ideally suited for the role. I'm delighted that she will be joining the Secretariat at a time when the profession is facing so many challenges and I am confident that the new team is well placed to meet those challenges head on.”

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1137936 2017-03-12T14:45:20Z 2017-03-12T14:45:20Z City of London Sinfonia makes diversity pledge

Katy Wright reporting in Classical Music Magazine on the City of London Sinfonia's new commitment to diversity in its artistic leadership.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1137305 2017-03-09T17:24:58Z 2017-03-09T17:24:58Z Role Models - Jessica Duchen offers up a list of men playing music written by women https://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/happy-international-womens-day.html

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136866 2017-03-08T14:08:13Z 2017-03-08T14:08:13Z Easter Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn - an extraordinary masterpiece

I have just been listening to this great Romantic masterpiece on Radio 3.

If you missed it find it here


and you can read about the history behind the rediscovery of the piece in an article in The Guardian by her great-great-great granddaughter here


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136836 2017-03-08T11:34:54Z 2017-03-08T11:34:54Z The first female professor in the UK - Emma Ritter-Bondy Many thanks to Stuart Harris-Logan, archives officer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for this wonderful archival research.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136729 2017-03-07T22:36:30Z 2017-03-07T22:36:30Z BBC Radio 3 celebrates women composers

Again Radio 3 is dedicating all it's air time on 8th March to music by and interviews with women composers, including a number of world premieres.  Whilst Women in Music applaud their celebration, we will not rest content until there is music by women composers on Radio 3 every day.

Listen in tomorrow for some fabulous music, old and new, and some important discussion about how history has overlooked some amazing work because it was written by women.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136725 2017-03-07T22:22:16Z 2017-03-07T22:22:16Z Jessica Duchen's '9 of the best musical ways to mark International Women's Day'

In her blog Jessica Duchen recommends some great events for 8th March


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136723 2017-03-07T22:18:29Z 2017-03-07T22:18:29Z 'We need more women composers – and it's not about tokenism, it's about talent' - Susanna Eastburn in The Guardian

In The Guardian, Susanna Eastburn, chief executive of Sound and Music, explains why, by 2020, 50 per cent of the composers they work with will identify as women.  She examines the reality of unconscious bias and rejects tokenism in favour of openness and enrichment in our musical experience.  A great article.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1133117 2017-02-22T20:39:09Z 2017-02-22T20:39:09Z Barbican Responds to International Women's Day Concert Advert

WiM has had a response from the Barbican to the issue we raised about the concert by the Moscow Virtuosi on 8 March which was billed as a International Women's Day event in BBC Music Magazine.  Huw Humphreys, the Head of Music at the Barbican, says

'This concert is a rental of the Barbican Hall with the marketing of the event undertaken by an outside promoter, and while the concert does fall on International Women's Day it was not programmed to mark this event. The Barbican had not been sent nor approved this version of the advert and had not been made aware that the promoter intended to market it in this way. We recognise that it is entirely inappropriate to claim any link between the concert and lnternational Women's Day, and have instructed the concert promoter to remove all mention of this from any future advertising copy.

Having spoken to the promoter since this advert was brought to our attention, it appears that the promoter had misunderstood the focus of International Women's Day, on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. They informed us that they included the mention in the advert as the focus and ways of celebrating International Women's Day are different in former Soviet Union countries. While this in no way excuses the advert making this link, I iust wanted to provide some context to try to explain how this error has occurred.

I'd like to sincerely apologise on behalf of the Barbican for any offence caused and would like to assure you again that we absolutely agree that it was entirely inappropriate for the promoter to make this link between the concert and lnternational Women's Day in the way that it is understood in the UK and internationally.

The Barbican is programming an event to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2018 which features the Insula Orchestra led by the Laurence Equilbey, featuring soloist Alexandra Corunova, Natalie Clein and Alice Sara Ott and celebrating the chamber and orchestral music of Louise Farrenc.'

So watch out for the Barbican's 2018 celebration.  Perhaps they could have done something meaningful this year too.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1127718 2017-02-02T23:43:09Z 2017-02-03T00:06:05Z Is this how the Barbican and the Moscow Virtuosi really intend to mark International Women's Day?

In the January issue of BBC Music Magazine there is a full-page advertisement for a concert on 8th March at the Barbican, London "to mark International Women's Day". It is to be given by the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

The program consists entirely of male composers.

The photograph on the Barbican website shows members of the orchestra - all male. The photo on the orchestra website shows 2 women and 26 men. There are 8 soloists listed at the Barbican event, 7 of whom are men.

Is this how the Barbican and the Moscow Virtuosi really intend to mark International Women's Day?

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1126820 2017-01-28T13:13:33Z 2017-01-28T13:13:33Z Exploring Music and Gender - notes from the meeting at Celtic Connections in Glasgow last week Traditional musician and composer Rachel Newton convened a debate on gender inequality in festival programming at Celtic Connections.  A panel of women working in the music industry as artists, event organisers, promoters and agents discussed their own experiences and then discussion was opened to the floor.  The proceedings can be read here:


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1126818 2017-01-28T12:51:09Z 2017-01-28T12:51:09Z Why it's time for Scottish folk to change its tune - Kate Molleson in The Guardian

Kate Molleson examines gender imbalance in the Scottish folk music scene in response to this year's Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124555 2017-01-19T22:34:42Z 2017-02-02T23:49:52Z Concert Celebrating Female Composers by the Harmony Sinfonia, 4 March, London


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124553 2017-01-19T22:26:07Z 2017-01-19T22:26:07Z Give Voice To Women. A Symposium organised by the World Academy for the Future of Women. 12 - 14 May 2017. Henan, China.

"Give Voice to Women" focuses on the development of women's leadership.  It is at the SIAS International University,
Xinzheng, Henan, China on 12 - 14 May 2017. They have issued a call for presenters. Interpreters will be provided.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124546 2017-01-19T22:03:09Z 2017-01-19T22:05:09Z Women in the Creative Arts, 10-12 August 2017 Australian National University, Canberra

Another interesting call for papers. abstracts should be submitted by 20 March 2017.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124545 2017-01-19T22:01:10Z 2017-01-19T22:49:42Z The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music Bangor University, Wales, 4 – 7 September 2017 A great conference date for your diaries.  Abstracts for submissions need to reach them by 1 March 2017.


Here is Jessica Duchen's blog entry about the conference too

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1113548 2016-12-07T12:13:30Z 2016-12-07T12:14:44Z WhatifBeethovenwasaLesbian? Louise Gray on Pauline Oliveros

Further to the blog entry below with an obituary and appreciation of original thinker, feminist music innovator Pauline Oliveros, here is a link to an intriguing and moving piece by Louise Gray in contemporary and exploratory music  mag The Wire magazine exploring PO's stimulating lateral thinking.


NB: Please do share these blog entries. They also automatically tweet via @WomeninMusicUK. Please follow that and RT . Let's build up critical mass ! There's strength in numbers. 
tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1111745 2016-11-29T17:35:37Z 2016-11-29T17:35:37Z Pauline Oliveros, who died this week, remembered in The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/arts/music/pauline-oliveros-composer-who-championed-deep-listening-dies-at-84.html

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1106371 2016-11-07T23:07:18Z 2016-11-07T23:07:18Z The sixth London Festival of American Music, celebrating Lontano’s 40th birthday, The Warehouse, London SE1, 6-11 November.

Odaline de la Martinez and Lontano promoting works by women composers at this wonderful festival


and a great interview with Odaline by Jessica Duchen


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1105238 2016-11-03T16:37:18Z 2016-11-03T16:37:18Z Ghost variations - Jessica Duchen's book is basis of concert tonight Nov 3d in Barnes and Book is available onwards of couse
A quick alert about the last of the current 'Ghost Variations' Concerts, TONIGHT Thursday 3 November, at the Barnes Music Society. 

All details and how to book: http://www.barnesmusicsociety.org.uk/

The narrated concert, based on classical music journalist and novelist Jessica Duchen's  novel 'Ghost Variations', tells the story of the great Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Arányi and her rediscovery of the long-suppressed Schumann Violin Concerto in the 1930s. 

All the music is selected with forensic care for its relevance to the story and its associations with d'Arányi herself: music by Bartók, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Schumann and more. 

The Old Sorting Office, London SW13, is a lovely arts centre right next to Barnes Pond. The concerts so far, much to my delight, have been bringing down the houses, and it's an honour and a joy for me to work with the spectacular violin & piano duo of David Le Page and Viv McLean. This is the last chance to hear the concert in London for a while.

Jessica Duchen's book Ghost Variations is a classical music detective story in essence as JD explores for herself the story of the concerto and Clara Shumann's decisions about how to present her late husband's work as well as exploring Jelly d'Arányi's story as well. The book is in physical and kindle editions

The best background is in JD's blog of course!   http://tinyurl.com/gkog8zl  

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1103126 2016-10-28T16:48:41Z 2016-10-28T16:48:41Z The Holly Mathieson guide to dressing for the podium: interview by Kate Molleson in Herald Scotland http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14823721.display/

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1093249 2016-09-25T14:32:58Z 2016-09-25T14:32:58Z FemaleMusiciansonLondonImprovScene

This is a delightful and informative piece featuring female musicians onthe London Improv Scene who talk about what improvising is to them, how they began and their careers and lives in London - really refreshing piece of writing. Thanks to Women in Music UK member Alison Blunt who tweeted this and drew our attention to it recently. Good to see her included alongside others like Caroline Kraabel (who played at the Chard Festival of Women in Music some years back ), Sylvia Hallett, Maggie Nicols and Kay Grant. The initial information was drawn from entries in the British Music Collection site. Thanks to Julie Kjaer of Sound and Music for this piece/exhibition.

10 Women Improvisers talk about how it is for them

Debbie Golt WiM Chair adds that she will put a link up soon to a  discussion she led with some other female improvisers that was broadcast on Resonance FM a few years ago to mark International Women's Day . It's an important area of music to fully explore and one where women are quite prominent these days. 

Do encourage others to read this blog. And do add your what's on info to www.womeninmusic.org.uk - swift turnaround for entries usually.

On another NOTE - Women in Music will be 30 next year! Founded in 1987 we still trod on ...It is interesting how the name and term WOMEN IN MUSIC that we invented back then has gone on to be a worldwide phenomenon (is that the correct spelling? - just checking!)