tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:/posts Women in Music UK Blog 2019-01-12T19:43:13Z WiM tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1362688 2019-01-12T19:43:12Z 2019-01-12T19:43:13Z St Paul's Sinfonia, music by Errollyn Wallen and Hannah Kendall, Friday 18 January 7.30pm St Alfege Church Greenwich

St Paul's Sinfonia

Friday 18 January 7.30pm

St Alfege Church Greenwich

As regular audience members know, our January concert is traditionally given over to the virtuoso Sinfonia string section. We've got an ace first half for you, with works by Errollyn Wallen, Hannah Kendall and culminating in Malcolm Arnold's electrifying Symphony for Strings; and the second half contains just one work - the sublime classic that is Dvořák's Serenade for Strings. It's going to be a wonderful way to welcome in 2019 - it would be really lovely to see all of you there!


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1362687 2019-01-12T19:32:40Z 2019-01-12T19:32:40Z Composer Anna Appleby, world premiere tomorrow, Sunday, 11.30 am, RNCM, Manchester

Morning Recital: Harp Originals

Sunday 13 January 11.30am

Carole Nash Recital Room

Eira Lynn Jones, RNCM Harp students and guest artist Esther Swift (RNCM graduate, leader of the Clouds Harp Quartet and winner of the Irwin Mitchell Manchester Jazz Festival commission 2018) showcase innovative works for harp solo, duo and trio. Programme to include the world première of Knocking by Anna Appleby and works by Carlos Salzedo and Caroline Lizotte.

Tickets £7 [limited availability]

Please note that this event is not included in the Weekend or Day Ticket.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1356695 2018-12-24T17:14:07Z 2018-12-24T17:14:08Z Christmas music from The Daffodil Perspective

The first of two Winter Wonderland specials featuring carols, Christmas songs and general winter themed musical goodness. Music from the 12th Century to the 21st with Hildegard von Bingen, Bach, Sarah Rimkus, Tchaikovsky, Augusta Holmes, Holst, Fanny Hensel and lots more!


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1354211 2018-12-17T11:21:42Z 2018-12-17T14:18:13Z Call for drummer
Please find my call-out video (with all details) at the following link (

JOIN ME ON STAGE! We are looking for a drummer -- Email us at info@julianayazbeck.com expressing your interest and telling us about yourself. 2019 will be the year of blessings on blessings on blessings. Love from your Sun Sister

Posted by ‎Juliana Yazbeck جوليانا يزبك‎ on Sunday, December 9, 2018

I am currently working with former 47Soul manager Fadi Haddadeen (cc'ed) towards a 2019 tour, and further plans.

All our gigs (excluding music expos) are well paid, averaging at £150 per London gig, and £200+ for gigs outside of London, with expenses covered on top. Occasional expenses-only music expo gigs (e.g. WOMEX) will only be booked upon mutual agreement of all band members + manager.

All my material is available here: www.julianayazbeck.com.
Juliana Yazbeck
tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1351735 2018-12-09T15:27:35Z 2018-12-09T15:27:35Z Scordatura Women's Music Collective concert tomorrow, Monday 10 December, 1.05 pm, St Martin within Ludgate, London

Works by Poston, Tann, Hensel, Lili Boulanger and Musgrave.

Dec 10, 2018

1.05 pm

St Martin within Ludgate Lunchtime Concert

St Martin within Ludgate, 40 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7DE​

Free Entry


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1351732 2018-12-09T15:22:51Z 2018-12-09T15:22:51Z 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

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1351405 2018-12-08T12:11:07Z 2018-12-08T12:11:07Z WiM founder member Shirley Thompson interviewed on A World in London - DJ Ritu

What a delight to find Women in Music founder member composer, conductor, researcher, professor of music  and world honoured Shirley Thompson interviewed in this week's SOAS RADIO edition of A WORLD IN LONDON with DJ Ritu at the helm 

Here is the link http://mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-281-Shirley-Thompson   

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1347921 2018-11-27T11:42:58Z 2018-11-27T11:42:58Z Cheryl Frances-Hoad is talking to Katie Derham on BBC Radio 3's In Tune today

Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad talks about her new CD and two forthcoming World Premieres on In Tune, the programme starts at 5 pm


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1347093 2018-11-24T21:15:52Z 2018-11-24T21:15:52Z 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 https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/singers-at-six-frances-hoad-and-bax

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1347092 2018-11-24T21:12:17Z 2018-11-24T21:12:17Z 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.

More information here http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/News/3896

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1347063 2018-11-24T16:23:13Z 2018-11-24T17:47:13Z London New Wind Festival
The concert on 30th November, 7.30 pm, Regent Hall, Oxford Street, includes work by Margaret Lucy Wilkins, Catherine Pluygers, Janet Graham and Janet Beat. 
tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1346822 2018-11-23T17:55:42Z 2018-11-23T17:56:59Z 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 www.resonancefm.com 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 https://www.mixcloud.com/outerglobe/reem-kelani-interviewed-re-release-of-why-do-i-love-her-launch-eve-nov-30th-st-johns-waterloo/

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

Here also is a link for Reem Kelani's EP launch https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/whatson/palestine-in-song-an-evening-with-reem-kelani/

"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."

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1346740 2018-11-23T11:15:30Z 2018-11-23T11:18:56Z 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!  

https://www.facebook.com/events/246020412686176/   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 www.mixcloud.com/resonance/the-outerglobe-25th-october-2019    They play live from Amira's new album Mystic Dance as well as talking about the music. 

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1346563 2018-11-22T22:09:27Z 2018-11-22T22:09:27Z 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 https://scordaturawmc.com

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

Tickets £12/£6

7.30 pm

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1344632 2018-11-16T20:56:01Z 2018-11-16T20:56:01Z International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference and call for papers
7-8 March 2019 (International Women’s Day 2019)

Senate House, London, with evening events taking place at Club Inégales, London.

Proposal Submission Deadline: 30 November 2018

Musical leadership remains ones of the most male-dominated musical areas. As late as 2013, female conductors achieved a significant first, when Marin Alsop became the first woman to direct the Last Night of the Proms. Although female composers, songwriters, and performers have attracted significant scholarly attention, the issue of women’s musical leadership remains intriguingly under researched. This conference – timed to coincide with International Women’s Day 2019 – seeks both to redress this by focusing upon the participation of women in musical leadership (understood in the broadest possible sense) and to promote academic-practitioner dialogue.

In addition to a keynote address by leading practitioner Jenni Roditi, the conference will also feature a roundtable debate, and two evening performances at London’s Club Inégales. Club Inégales have, since 2011, presented some 100 gigs with artists from around world music-traditions collaborating with resident band Notes Inégales, who draw players from across genres. The first evening will be hosted by club director and composer Peter Wiegold, who usually uses a mixture of score, conduction, and improvisation. This evening, along with working with new scores by female composers, former Academy Inégales female graduates will be invited to lead the band. The second evening performance will be from Tic, Roditi’s professional improvisers’ choir, led by Roditi.

More details here: http://fass.open.ac.uk/iwmlc

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1343598 2018-11-13T20:00:53Z 2018-11-13T20:05:09Z Four female composers selected for new development scheme with Glyndebourne
Huge congratulations to composers Anna Appleby, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Cecilia Livingston and Ailie Robertson who will spend two years in part-time residency at Glyndebourne.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1343595 2018-11-13T19:38:25Z 2018-11-13T19:38:25Z Deeds Not Words - Scordatura Women’s Music Collective - 17 November, Oxford

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 the world premiere of 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 https://scordaturawmc.com

SJE Arts, 109a Iffley Road, Oxford. OX4 1EH

7.30 pm

Tickets £12/£6

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1342869 2018-11-11T19:50:53Z 2018-11-11T19:50:54Z 21st London New Wind Festival Brand New Music for Winds Friday November 16th, London

21st London New Wind Festival Brand New Music for Winds
Friday November 16th 7.30pm
Regent Hall, Salvation Army
275 Oxford St, London W1C 2DJ

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1342868 2018-11-11T19:40:36Z 2018-11-11T19:40:37Z Premiere of Jean Hasse’s 'without you' for soprano, clarinet, percussion on 12th November, Bristol

Sounds Moving in Time and Space

Gemini Ensemble:
Sarah Leonard soprano
Ian Mitchell clarinet
Joby Burgess percussion

Monday 12 November 2018 7.30pm
plus composers talking 6.45pm
St. Paul’s Church, Clifton, BRISTOL BS8 1LP
Tickets £10 (£8)

“Gemini, virtuosic and thrilling as ever...” – Gramophone


• Jonathan Palmer “The Starlight Night”
Text by Gerard Manley Hopkins.(2008)
• Peter Nickol “These Waves Hitting Me”.
Text by Robert Hamberger.
• James D’Angelo Two songs on poems by Walt Whitman.
• Frank Harvey Iconoclasm for soprano & vibraphone.
• Jolyon Laycock “Stars Moving Westward in a Winter Garden” for coloratura soprano, clarinet and percussion.
Text by Julia Copus.
• David Greenhorne “…in the company of wolves” for clarinet, percussion and female narrator. Words by Angela Carter.
• Jean Hasse "without you" for soprano, clarinet and percussion
• Sulyen Caradon “Nowhere”; text Alan Hodge;
“Copse”; text Robert Graves.
• Geoffrey Poole “On Thin Ice” For Soprano, Bass Clarinet and Percussion. Text by the composer using Eskimo vocabulary


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1340086 2018-11-04T20:06:37Z 2018-11-04T20:06:37Z Women Composers in the 2018 British Composer Awards Nominations

Ten women composers are among the 36 nominees for this year's British Composer Awards.


They are Judith Weir, Roxanna Panufnik, Dee Isaacs, Cassie Kinoshi, Charlotte Bray, Rebecca Saunders, Laura Bowler, Emily Peasgood, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and Lucy Pankhurst. Congratulations all.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1340081 2018-11-04T19:53:10Z 2018-11-04T19:53:10Z Salon Without Boundaries - First live event - Wednesday 14th November 2018 - 1901 Arts Club, London

Salon Without Boundaries is an initiative set up by a pair of old friends: Dr Briony Cox-Williams, pianist, researcher and postgraduate tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, and Pierrette Thomet, mezzo, artist and founder/director of WAM-Weather Art and Music. We want to look back on the thriving and culturally extremely important phenomenon of the 19th-century salon, which gave women a platform to contribute the fruits of their creativity to a culture that denied them a public voice. And we want to re-imagine the salon for our digital times by using the opportunities offered by online platforms and streaming to reach across the globe to women creators. We are particularly interested in reaching across disciplines, so our very first live salon is called 'Mapping the Boundaries - Women, Creativity and the Natural World', and it's taking place in London at the 1901ArtsClub near Waterloo station, on 14th November. We'll have a talk about Maria Merian, 17th-century artist, entomologist and explorer, music by Fanny Hensel (our Salon patron) and Pauline v. Decker, poetry by Elizabeth Lewis Williams reflecting on scientific engagement with Antarctica, and settings of Elizabeth's poetry by Jenni Pinnock. Plus discussion and of course, in true Salon fashion, food and drink.

Doors open at 6pm, and we start at 7pm. Join us for all of it or a bit of it. Tickets are available at http://www.1901artsclub.com/ and include food and a drink of your choice.

We are delighted to be able to acknowledge the generous support of the Royal Academy of Music and the Arts Council, enabling us to go ahead and make our dream a reality. Now all we need is an audience to come and enjoy themselves. Having bent many conference attendees' ears about this and got so much encouragement from you all, we would love to be able to welcome you to the very first Salon Without Boundaries! Please also feel free to share this through your networks. The more the merrier and the better the conversation.




tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1336646 2018-10-27T21:44:34Z 2018-10-31T09:23:48Z New call for music festivals to play more works by female composers

This is what I have been talking about today at the sound Festival in Aberdeen, which is featuring 50 women composers. It was a powerful moment and there was a very constructive discussion with our audience. Many thanks to Sound Scotland for providing me with the opportunity to raise these issues.


Lucy Hollingworth

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1336643 2018-10-27T21:35:16Z 2018-10-27T21:35:16Z Scordatura Women's Music Collective lunchtime concert, 31 October, St Matthew's Westminster

Wednesday 31st October
St Matthew’s Westminster, 20 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2BU
Free entry

Music by Boulanger, Musgrave and Hensel


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1336209 2018-10-26T10:26:22Z 2018-10-26T13:32:26Z Women in Music AGM
The AGM of Women in Music will be held on 26th November, near to Waterloo Station, London.  Please note that the AGM will be on the second floor of the building, up several flights of stairs. 
Arrival 10.45 for 11am start. 
12.30 finish. 
Coffee and Tea will be available. 
Please RSVP to info@womeninmusic.org.uk putting Women in Music AGM in the Subject line. 

Nominations for Trustee posts need to be received by 12th November 2018.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1335218 2018-10-23T12:32:48Z 2018-10-23T12:32:49Z 20th Anniversary London Improvisers Orchestra

The London Improvisers Orchestra will be celebrating their twentieth anniversary at Cafe Oto, London, 1, 2 and 3 December, with a group bringing back some of the local and international musical greats who have played with the orchestra over these 20 years, such as Susan Alcorn, Hyelim Kim, Julie Kjaer, Louis Moholo, Maggie Nicols, Annie Whitehead and Jason Yarde.

Twentieth Anniversary London Improvisers Orchestra is supported using public funds by Arts Council England, and by PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Organisations and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia,

London Improvisers Orchestra
tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1335217 2018-10-23T12:28:16Z 2018-10-23T12:28:16Z Congratulations to ARQ on winning the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
'On Tuesday night at the Pizza Express Live, ARQ were announced as the winners of the Jazz Ensemble of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018. Given that the other shortlisted bands were Dinosaur, Ezra Collective and Beats & Pieces Big band, all wonderful groups, we were in total shock. Alison was actually the bassist in the house band for the event and was playing the walk-up music for the winner when she realised she had won. She had to finish playing the piece, put down her bass and then walk up to collect the award…'
Alison Rayner is also nominated for Bass Player of the Year.
More info here Blow The Fuse · Jazz Music

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1334605 2018-10-21T13:55:40Z 2018-10-21T13:55:40Z Lambeth Wind Orchestra
A message from John Holland
I have been working with Lambeth Wind Orchestra on a unique programme called ‘Breaking the Sound Barrier’, helping to broaden the appeal of music by women via the medium of the wind orchestra, one of the most accessible varieties of community ensemble. Several pieces have not been performed in the UK before, so we are proud to be presenting the UK premieres of ‘The Duxbury Fanfare’ (1997) by Dr Lauren Bernofsky (USA) and ‘Me Disagrees’ (2013) by Catherine Likhuta (Australia), along with fresh, bespoke transcriptions of historical orchestral repertoire by Louise Farrenc (‘Second Overture’, 1834), Dame Ethel Smyth (‘The Wreckers’ (Overture), 1906) and Lili Boulanger’s ‘D’un matin de printemps’ (1918) in the centenary year of her death.


The band is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year; back in 2010, it gave the premiere of its first commission by a female composer, Elizabeth Winters (winner of a British Composer Award, 2009) – we are giving a repeat performance as part of this concert (‘Playing With Destiny’) and she will be joining us, which we are very excited about. (The band also commissioned a piece from Lucy Pankhurst, which we premiered in 2016). The concert has also received support from the Ambache Charitable Trust, which you will hopefully be aware of, in pursuit of our goal in reaching the widest audience we can in appreciation of historical women composers.


You can find out more about the concert here: https://www.facebook.com/events/964106457097247/ and, for the first time, we are holding a pre-concert talk from 6.30pm, which is free to attend with a concert ticket; this will explore the historical and social contexts behind the music and allow an open discussion about women composers from across the centuries.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1333955 2018-10-19T19:31:23Z 2018-10-19T19:31:23Z Women in Jazz: A Celebration of the Past, Present and Future - A Barbican Library Exhibition

A musical and social survey of the rich contribution women have made to jazz over the last 100 years, and of the talented upcoming generation who herald an exciting new era.

The exhibition pays particular attention to instrumentalists. While many vocalists such as Ella, Billie, Nina and Cleo are household names, many star players and pioneers have been sadly neglected and deserve to be rediscovered. The exhibition also highlights how 20th century social and political change has played a significant role in women’s growing involvement in jazz. 

Drawing on the rich resources of the National Jazz Archive the exhibition includes photos, posters, journals, video and memorabilia.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1333952 2018-10-19T19:24:48Z 2018-10-19T19:24:48Z Are you a record label, venue, club, artist or other music organisation? Meet HLF and ACE, Tuesday 23rd October, London

Are you a record label, venue, club, artist or other music organisation with a story to tell, a legacy to preserve, or a catalogue that needs re-igniting? Do you have audiences to build?

Come meet funders Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund on Tuesday 23rd October at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA for a night of information, inspiration and motivation that will help you decide whether we are the right funders for you!

The evening includes an opportunity to pitch your idea to our panel for the chance of a prize up to £500!

Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start.  Ends: 21:00

To book a place, email selina.papa@hlf.org.uk with your:



Contact email:

Note: This event will not be relevant for individual musicians or artists seeking grants for their creative work.  Please see Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants for alternative funding options.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1333611 2018-10-18T20:30:37Z 2018-10-18T20:30:37Z Ethel Smyth at Southwark Cathedral - London Oriana Choir - 3 November 2018


·       Concert at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 3rd, November

·       Pre-concert talk by Dr Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey on the extraordinary life of Dame Ethel Smyth

·       Continues the choir’s commitment to championing the work of women composers under its five15 initiative


For its first concert of the 2018/19 season, the London Oriana Choir is pairing two major choral works written more than a hundred and fifty years apart under compellingly different circumstances, the Magnificat by J S Bach and Mass in D by Ethel Smyth.

First performed in Leipzig in 1733, the Magnificat in D is one of Bach's most popular vocal works, written when the composer was Kantor at the Thomasshule in the city. On the other hand, Ethel Smyth had to contend with opposition from her father to pursue a career in music, ultimately becoming a prolific composer, writing chamber music, choral works and opera, as well as orchestral, piano and vocal pieces.

Born in Kent in 1858, Ethel Smyth was a remarkable woman who lived a rich and varied life in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. She also spent time in Leipzig, studying at the University where she met Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, and Grieg. She lived through some of the most turbulent times with regards to women’s rights and was herself a leading suffragette, giving up music for two years to devote herself to the cause. She was the first woman to have an opera performed at Covent Garden in 1902 and at the New York Met in 1903 – it was more than another 100 years before other female composers could claim this honour. In recognition of her work as a composer and writer, Smyth was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1922, becoming the first female composer to be awarded a damehood.

“By performing the rarely-heard Ethel Smyth Mass alongside the Bach Magnificat, we are continuing our commitment to bringing the work of women composers to a wider audience as part of our five15 initiative”, said Dominic Ellis-Peckham, musical director of the London Oriana Choir. “It is a beautiful and sensitive setting of the Mass text, while at the same time full of energetic writing. We are very thrilled to be giving a prominent spotlight marvellous piece and hope that our continued and passionate attention to the work of women composers results in equality for all composers, regardless of gender.”

The concert will take place at Southwark Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd November, together with the Meridian Sinfonia. There is also a pre-concert talk from 6.45pm to 7pm on the extraordinary life of Ethel Smyth by the renowned expert Dr Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey. Tickets are available from www.londonoriana.com