tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:/posts Women in Music UK Blog 2019-03-20T06:32:17Z WiM 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.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1372310 2019-02-09T22:45:07Z 2019-02-09T22:45:07Z The Daffodil Perspective 5th February

The Daffodil Perspective is a weekly radio show championing female composers. Playing a mix of female composers alongside famous male composers to provide musical and historical context for their stories, in this way the show works to rewrite classical music history.

This week it's a jam packed show, exploring the life and work of Scandinavian romantic composer Amanda Maier with her friends Grieg and Brahms. I'm also thrilled to have music from two of my favourite trailblazing organisations this week. Firstly it's my monthly look at Illuminate Women's Music and secondly in my album of the week section I have music from label Drama Musica and their new album of guitar music, La Donne e La Chitarra. All this plus music from American composer Juliana Hall in Contemporary Corner and special surprises from Lutoslawski and Handel.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1371658 2019-02-07T22:21:52Z 2019-02-07T22:21:52Z Scordatura Women's Music Collective concerts 2019

Here are upcoming concerts by Scordatura, programmes of brilliant music written by women, more details here https://www.scordaturawmc.com/concerts

Lea Barn Concerts

10/03/19, 4pm

Farrenc Clarinet Trio​

Lea Barn, Winter Hill, Cookham Dean, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9TW

Wimpole Hall

11/03/19, 8pm

Chamber music for voice, clarinet and cello.​

Long Gallery, Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW

Fitzwilliam Concerts

05/05/19 1.15 pm

Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge,CB3 0DS

St Botolph's Lunchtime Concert

10/07/19 1.05 pm

St Botolph’s Church, Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AB

Wensleydale Concert Series

19/10/19 7.30pm

Rebecca Clarke: Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale

Rebecca Clarke: Lullaby and Grotesque

Hildegard of Bingen: O Eterne Deus

Hilary Tann: Kilvert's Hills

Amy Bryce: The House That Man Built

Phyis Tate: Sonata for Clarinet and Cello

Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts

27/10/19 3pm

Rebecca Clarke - Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale

Helen Grime - Snow and Snow

Tania Leon - Arenas d'un Tiempo

Amy Bryce - The House that Man Built

Aylesbury Lunchtime Music

14/11/19 12.45pm

St Mary the Virgin, Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2JJ

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1371460 2019-02-07T14:20:04Z 2019-02-07T14:20:04Z Odaline de la Martinez to be interviewed in The Outerglobe on Resonance FM today repeat Tuesday

Odaline de la Martinez - aka Chachi - leading conductor and composer will  be interviewed today, February 7th, in The Outerglobe on Resonance 104.4fm /DAB London www.resonancefm.com between 6,30-7.30pm UK time (early in the programme actually)  . The show is presented and produced by Debbie Golt, Women in Music Chair. It's ostensibly to promote the London  Festival of American Music now in its 7th edition and also to celebrate Chachi's 70th ... a chat with Chachi is a must at any time and is especially relevant now.

The Outerglobe is repeated on Tuesday at 8am and will be archived in Mixcloud. 

This week is a crucial one for Resonance  FM as it is the annual mega fundraiser and the target is £100,000 to support a forced move as the site is being 'developed' soon. See fundraiser.resonance.fm for more details 

Here is more  info about the  festival again - see previous post!  Lontano’s Biennial Festival – created in 2006 – explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the variety of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today.

The festival programme was put together by Lontano’s Music Director Odaline de la Martinez, one of Britain’s most dynamic and gifted musicians and the first woman to conduct a complete BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

This year’s festival celebrates American Diversity featuring not only American Women Composers, but also American Composers of Colour. http://www.lontano.co.uk/ 

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1370016 2019-02-03T21:52:17Z 2019-02-03T21:52:17Z Seventh London Festival of American Music, 24 Feb to 2 March, London

Seventh London Festival of American Music

Lontano’s Biennial Festival – created in 2006 – explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the variety of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today.

The festival programme was put together by Lontano’s Music Director Odaline de la Martinez, one of Britain’s most dynamic and gifted musicians and the first woman to conduct a complete BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

This year’s festival celebrates American Diversity featuring not only American Women Composers, but also American Composers of Colour.

More details here: http://www.lontano.co.uk/

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1370012 2019-02-03T21:40:51Z 2019-02-03T21:40:51Z The School of Sound International Symposium, 24-27 April, London

24 – 27 April 2019
The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

To all those working with sound, this unique forum offers an exceptional series of presentations on the creative use of sound in film, theatre, dance, television, radio, games and gallery installations. Rediscover what you love about working in sound.

Bursaries available

More details here


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1364939 2019-01-19T22:46:27Z 2019-01-19T22:46:27Z Rebecca Saunders wins Ernst von Siemens prize

Rhinegold Publishing write:

The 2019 international Ernst von Siemens prize has been awarded to British composer Rebecca Saunders.

The award is given for lifelong service to music and is accompanied by a prize of 250,000 euros.

Previous winners include Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, Claudio Abbado, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, György Kurtág, Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mariss Jansons. Saunders is the first female composer to win the prize.

The presentation ceremony will be held on 7 June at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.

The Board of Trustees described Saunders’ work as leaving a ‘visible and meaningful mark on contemporary music history through its astonishingly nuanced attention to timbre, and her distinctive and intensely striking sonic language’.

Saunders has previously described her work as ‘an attempt to create and sculpt sounds drawn from beneath a surface of apparent silence.’

A ‘portrait’ concert celebrating her work is performed by Ensemble Modern and soprano Juliet Fraser at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 19 January 2019.


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.