Women in Music were very sorry to hear of the passing of Patricia
Adkins Chiti, founder and director of Fondazione Adkins
Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM), in June. She was a tireless campaigner for Women in Music
internationally. She will be greatly missed. Some WiM members were
longstanding friends of PAC, others only met her on occasions. She always made
a great impression with her focus and determination and, behind her formidable
I met Patricia only once, in London in 2013 when she came to promote WIMUST, a Europe wide project campaigning for equal treatment for women creators and composers of music. We talked about my own story of struggle to establish myself as a female composer and she was both sympathetic and supportive with practical advice. It was in my meeting with her that I realised that my career difficulties had not been simply due to what I thought were my own inadequacies, but were very likely related to my gender, and I also discovered that day that there were many other women who had been through similar difficulties. A life changing moment for me.