tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:/posts Women in Music UK Blog 2019-07-19T10:02:01Z WiM tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1434310 2019-07-19T10:02:01Z 2019-07-19T10:02:01Z 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.

More here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ecj5q9

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1433609 2019-07-17T17:18:17Z 2019-07-18T17:16:40Z 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)


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1428893 2019-07-07T21:42:57Z 2019-07-07T21:42:57Z The Daffodil Perspective 7th July 2019

The one and only gender equal classical music radio show championing women and playing 90 minutes of awesome and diverse classical music.

This week looking at 82 year old Erika Fox's first commercial recording Paths, music from Swedish romantic and champion for women's rights Elfrida Andree plus some fun wind band pieces from Asia.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1426377 2019-07-01T11:58:06Z 2019-07-01T11:58:06Z 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

Links: https://stcuthbertschurchhampstead.org.uk/2019/06/26/saturday-6-july-at-630pm-summer-piano-recital/


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1426059 2019-06-30T15:52:31Z 2019-06-30T15:52:32Z Gender equal radio show The Daffodil Perspective

The Daffodi Perspective is back championing gender equality with an awesome new show including amazing new releases from Christine Jobson, Eleanor Alberga and PARMA Recordings plus composer of the week Elisabetta Gambarini, an early crowdfunder in 18th century London.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1426019 2019-06-30T13:18:50Z 2019-06-30T13:18:50Z 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


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1425149 2019-06-27T13:40:57Z 2019-06-27T13:40:57Z 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.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1422466 2019-06-21T10:37:14Z 2019-06-21T10:37:14Z 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.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1413027 2019-06-05T20:07:36Z 2019-06-05T20:07:36Z WiM founder member Jenny Fowler interviewed about her life as a composer and the history of WiM

In the run up to the release of her first profile album, WiM founder member Jenny Fowler is interviewed by Anni Heino of Resonate Magazine. She talks about how she became a composer, the support she has encountered along the way, her current work and collaboration with Lontano ensemble, and the prejudices that women composers came up against in the 1980s, which led to the foundation of Women in Music.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1415803 2019-06-02T21:25:34Z 2019-06-02T21:25:34Z Donne, Women in Music Survey - championing equality and diversity

Donne, Women in Music have a survey that our followers might be interested in taking part in, which is investigating your views on how to make a difference for women in music.

You can find the survey here


And for more about the project Donne, Women in Music


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1413768 2019-05-27T18:22:50Z 2019-05-27T18:23:40Z The Daffodil Perspective 26th May 2019

The one and only gender equal show that champions women composers The Daffodil Perspective.

This week's show includes monthly series Fun With Florence, celebrating the extraordinary story of Florence Price with music from violinist Er-Gene Kahng.

Plus music from Attacca Quartet, Lucija Garuta, Gerswhin, Coleridge-Taylor and more!


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1411978 2019-05-22T21:59:11Z 2019-05-22T21:59:11Z Tailleferre Ensemble, Friday 24 May at 1.05 pm, Music-at-Hill, St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London

'The Tailleferre Ensemble is a new chamber collective of female musicians with two principle aims: to promote women in music and to provide a malleable chamber ensemble that can perform works for varied instrumentation, from wind trios to string octets, and varied genre. We will also aim to highlight chamber works by female composers and to commission new works.

Our first set of recitals is for wind trio and quartet, and will feature Emma Halnan on flute, Rebecca Etheridge on bassoon, and Penny Smith and myself on oboe. We are all experienced solo and chamber musicians, with ample biographies as individuals.'

St Giles-in-the-Fields Church,
60 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG (nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road)

Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama - 'Souvenir de Caen'  

Joseph Haydn - 'London Trio no. 1'   i Allegro Moderato ii Andante iii Vivave

Melchior Hoffmann - 'Trio sonata in G minor'   i Adagio ii Allegro iii Adagio iv Vivave

Julius Rontegen - 'Trio for Flute, Oboe and Bassoon' i Allegretto con spirito ii Poco andante, quasi una fantasia iii Allegretto

Bill Douglas - '3 Lyrical Pieces' i Wings of the Wind ii The Hills of Glencar iii Autumn Song


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1409572 2019-05-16T22:11:09Z 2019-05-16T22:11:09Z Sounds, Silences and Suggestions, Contakt Ensemble, 7.30 pm, Saturday 18 May, Warwick Square, London

Sounds, Silences and Suggestions

A concert of partly improvised music

7.30 pm on 18 May at St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, London SW1V 2AD

Tickets on the door:  £10 / £7 concessions

Featuring Deborah Edwards (piano), Sally Davies (violin, voice), Kerry Andrews (cello), Derek Foster (piano), Jerry Wigens (clarinet), Assaf Fleischman (piano) and Gordon Edwards (tablas)

Performing music by Cornelius Cardew, Earle Brown, Deborah Edwards, Kerry Andrews and Derek Foster

Three improvisations by Deborah Edwards, Sally Davies, Jerry Wigens, Assaf Fleischmann and Gordon Edwards


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1404160 2019-05-01T20:37:31Z 2019-05-01T21:11:37Z Women In Music BBC Proms Survey 2019 - the substantially better figures of last year maintained


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. This year there are 58 main evening orchestral concerts, as well as chamber music concerts, daytime events and late-night concerts. The audiences in the Royal Albert Hall are of many thousands, and all the concerts are broadcast, many on television.

The figures for women in the 2019 BBC Proms season are:

Composers:                    29/160  (18%)              [Last year was 21/133]

Living composers:         20/59    (33%)             [Last year was 17/43]

BBC Commissions

(or co-commissions):     5/15      (33%)              [Last year was 12/19]

Conductors:                    7/60      (11%)               [Last year was 4/58]

As for last year I have made a new category for the number of living composers whose works are substantial (more than 15 mins) and are featured in main evening concerts. This is because many of the new commissions are for short pieces in chamber concerts or “family” concerts.

Substantial works by living composers: 2/9  (22%)                    [last year was 5/14] (36%)

The women composers are: Lera Auerbach, Grazyna Bacewicz, Sally Beamish, Zosha Di Castri, Sofia Gubaidulina, Fanny Hensel, Hildegard of Bingen, Dorothy Howell, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Joanna Lee, Mica Levi, Elizabeth Maconchy, Thea Musgrave, Laura Mvula, Carly Paradis, Ailie Robertson, Iris ter Schiphorst, Clara Schumann, Maddelena Laura Sirmen, Alexia Sloane, Linda Catlin Smith, Barbara Strozzi, Dobrinka Tabakova, Outi Tarkiainen, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Freya Waley-Cohen, Errollyn Wallen, Judith Weir, Stevie Wishart. (and Alissa Firsova,  no details given)

The conductors are: Karina Caneliakis, Elim Chan, Jessica Cottis, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Sofi Jeannin, Dalia Stasevska, Nathalie Stutzmann.

To analyse the results:  These figures maintain the substantially better figures of last year. Rather fewer composers but more women conductors (reflecting the fact that there are more women conductors making their mark in the world generally). It seems that the marked improvement of the figures last year is set to continue. The BBC Proms season has always reflected, or been better than, the proportion of women composers and conductors in other concert series around the world. Now we need to look at what is happening elsewhere.

Jenny Fowler

NOTE: To maintain consistency with past years, I take my figures from the BBC booklet, rather than the website, which may be slightly different.

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/1402656 2019-04-27T19:23:21Z 2019-04-27T19:23:22Z Jessica Duchen's Curveball - looking at the slow progress of change for female and BAME composers

In her blog Jessica Duchen looks at the representation of female composers at the BBC Proms 2019 and delves more deeply into the underrepresentation of female and BAME composers in today's classical concerts.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1401204 2019-04-23T17:53:18Z 2019-04-23T17:53:18Z Classic FM Hall of Fame 2019 - where are all the women?

Classic FM Hall of Fame 2019 results are in and 1/300 pieces are composed by a woman. Is the poll really listeners' choice or do the station directly influence the results?

Elizabeth de Brito explores these questions in her blog


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1397426 2019-04-12T20:44:08Z 2019-04-12T20:44:08Z New episode from gender equal radio show The Daffodil Perspective

This week on The Daffodil Perspective:

Composer of the week: Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Album of the week: Clarinet Repertoire of Women Composers

Contemporary Corner: Rachel Lee Guthrie


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1392064 2019-03-31T13:34:35Z 2019-03-31T13:34:36Z Natalie Murray Beale conducts 'A Sheen of Dew on Flowers' by Joby Talbot, Britten Sinfonia, 11 April, Barbican

'Celebrating the bi-centenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s birth, Britten Sinfonia and Independent Opera present the first public performance of Joby Talbot’s new cantata, A Sheen of Dew on Flowers. For this major new commission from Independent Opera, Talbot sets rare and sensual poetry from across several different millennia. A radiant and lyric score, inspired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s devoted partnership, brings to life the story of one of the greatest marriages in history whilst reflecting on the tender themes of love and loss.'




Pre-concert talk with Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall
Anne-Marie Minhall interviews Joby Talbot, Natalie Murray Beale and curator at Historic Royal Palaces Matthew Storey about the music.

Natalie Murray Beale

Tobias Greenhalgh

Kelley O'Connor

Britten Sinfonia Voices
Eamonn Dougan 
Britten Sinfonia Voices Director

Germán Clavijo
assistant conductor
tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1390835 2019-03-27T20:07:07Z 2019-03-27T20:07:07Z New episode from gender equal radio show The Daffodil Perspective

This week on The Daffodil Perspective:

Composer Of The Week – Henriette Renie

Exploring her life and work along with friends Pierne and Grandjany.

Fun With Florence

1st in a new monthly segment celebrating the life, work and legacy of Florence Price. This week featuring a very special recording by Samantha Ege.

Contemporary Corner

This week showcasing brand new song cycle Cracked Voices by Jenni Pinnock.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1387833 2019-03-20T06:32:17Z 2019-03-20T06:32:17Z The Daffodil Perspective 19th March 2019

The radio show championing gender equality is back with a great show featuring Elizabeth Maconchy as composer of the week along with friends Britten and Tippett.

Starting this week Contemporary Corner has a new monthly residency with PARMA Recordings. Each 3rd week of the month showcasing a piece from one of their fantastic single composer releases on the Navona imprint. This week I've got an epic song cycle from Australian composer Margaret Brandman.

Album of the week is a brilliant collection of contemporary trombone music from musician Natalie Mannix, plus music from Bartok, Einaudi and film scores from Rachel Portman and Patrick Doyle.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1387666 2019-03-19T22:12:58Z 2019-03-19T22:12:58Z Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers seeking sponsors

Multitude of Voyces, an organisation which brings music to underrepresented and marginalised communities, has compiled an Anthology of Sacred Music by Women, and is now seeking sponsors to help them to fund publication.

Directors Louise Stewart and Olivia Sparkhall have sought out old and new works for the Anglican liturgy written by women. Liturgical music written by women has been overlooked, “silenced by the historical norms of their times" as Stewart puts it, and the changing roles of women in the modern Anglican Church have not included a move to encourage music by women.

Here is an article that was published in the Church Times last year


There is more information on their website here


And if you would like to support this project you can contact them here


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1386849 2019-03-17T22:00:10Z 2019-03-17T22:00:10Z Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Improvised Music - London New Wind Festival at Iklectik Art Lab, London, 26 March

International Women’s Day

Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Improvised Music

Tuesday March 26  doors 7pm – start 7.30pm | Tickets £8/£5 cons.  at the door

Performers Include:

Catherine Pluygers    Oboes

Sue Lynch                    Saxophones

Sue Ferrar                   Violin

Sylvia Hallett              Bowed Bicycle Wheel

Adrian Northover      Electronics

Neil Metcalfe               Flutes

Livia Garcia                 Artwork

Martin Harrison         Artwork

Featured image:  The Silent Improviser VII  by Livia Garcia 2018

Further Information



tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1386842 2019-03-17T21:54:41Z 2019-03-18T15:02:16Z Janet Beat becomes first recipient of the Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) Lifetime Achievement Award

Composer Janet Beat is the first recipient of the Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) Lifetime Achievement Award. SWIM is a new collective of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female, and was launched on International Women's Day, 8 March 2019.


More information about SWIM here


More about Janet Beat here https://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/composer/janet-beat

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1386659 2019-03-17T12:04:24Z 2019-03-17T12:04:24Z Lovely review of WiM member Sara Minelli's recent release

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1386655 2019-03-17T11:53:41Z 2019-03-17T11:53:41Z Shingai embarks on a new solo career with a wonderful release and an interview in The Outerglobe

You will know Shingai Shiniwa .... the charismatic and bold lead singer and bassist from The Noisettes who were huge in the 90s and brought an African sensibility into punk.  Now having taken her time Shingai launches her solo career with music that goes right back to her Zimbabwean roots in a different way starting with her wonderful single 'Coming Home' which is a tribute to her uncle Thomas Mapfumo with shades  of his globally renowned track Shumba .

Shingai joined Debbie Golt, Women in Music chair, in her weekly show The Outerglobe on Resonance 104.4fm/ DB Londonwide and www.resonancefm.com  worldwide to  talk about her music and her new direction . Here's the show  link www.mixcloud.com/resonance/the-outerglobe-7th-march-2019

You can watch the video for the single 'Coming Home' from the  EP 'Ancient Futures'  here: and get tickets for her upcoming show at the Jazz Cafe London here


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1386651 2019-03-17T11:37:01Z 2019-03-17T11:37:39Z Musicians Union's Womens Conference in Manchester on March 28th

Good news there is the Musicians Union Women in Music Conference in Manchester on March 28th 2019 with a whole host of speakers and practical workshops on getting your music out there and sustaining income streams as well as plugging the gender gap and lots of networking opportunities. You don't even have to be a member and it is FREE

It's interesting how the title Women in Music that we pioneered back in 1987 has become a mainstream concept! Our work is far from done, however that is a welcome sign of the times.  If you get the opportunity do mention that you heard about it from Women in Music the original organisation itself!


Calling all women* looking for inspiration, advice and skills to advance your career, change direction or strike out on your own.

Join the Musicians’ Union (MU) team, plus a powerhouse line up of musicians, entrepreneurs, career coaches and inspiring women who are changing the future of the music industry.

Enjoy a day of game-changing talks, workshops and insider advice, all packed into one bespoke event designed to arm you with the skills, tools and motivation to achieve your potential and take your career to the next level.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1383806 2019-03-10T11:26:06Z 2019-03-10T11:26:29Z The Daffodil Perspective Blog: Gender equality is for life, not just International Women's Day

This week The Daffodil Perspective explores the meaning of International Women's Day.

Does it drive towards a more gender balanced world?

Or has the work been corrupted to create more imbalance and more inequality?


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1381858 2019-03-05T19:51:22Z 2019-03-05T19:57:45Z Donne: Women in Music showcase concert 7 March, 7pm, London

This is a CD-release concert of works by women composers from Donne: Women in Music, at St Gabriel's Church, Warwick Square, London at 7 pm on Thursday 7 March.


7pm - Pre-concert talk
With all recording artists as well as soprano Gabriella Di Laccio - Founder & Curator of Donne - Women in Music  

7.30 – CONCERT 
Presenting repertoire from both CDs: 

19th Century solo guitar works by women composers
Works by Emilia Giuliani, Athenaïs Paulian and Catharina Pratten
JAMES AKERS - Romantic Guitars

Women composers from Brazil & Italy  

Special Guests Performers:
Presenting songs by Avril Coleridge-Taylor and Clara Kathleen Rodgers

More details here


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1375983 2019-02-19T19:44:33Z 2019-02-19T19:44:33Z The Daffodil Perspective 19th February 2019

What's on the show this week? Well..

1. Very excited to feature Arlene Sierra on the show this week, exploring her 20 years of composition along with contemporaries Kenneth Hesketh and Gordon Beeferman. 

2. I'm showcasing a piece by British composer Lucy Hollingworth in Contemporary Corner.

3. My album of the week from EntArteOpera features some gorgeous early 20th century composers ostracised by the Nazi party and almost forgotten until now, including Vitezslava Kapralova, Henriette Bosmans and Vally Weigl.

4. All this plus music from Beethoven and Holst. It's going to be lots of fun, available to stream online now!


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1372913 2019-02-11T15:50:07Z 2019-02-11T15:50:07Z The Daffodil Perspective Blog: What's The Point? A brief look at one of the problems faced to get women composers noticed.

The Daffodil Perspective's latest blog post highlighting one of the problems faced in getting women composers noticed. It examines the gatekeepers on music websites choosing the 'most interesting' new releases to talk about to consumers and how it affects the music industry.