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It's the last ever Fun With Florence feature this week, wrapping up a year of celebrating the incredible music of Florence Price.

In honour of Black History Month UK there some special surprises as well.

Plus music from conductor Mei-Ann Chen, badass brass from composer Lucy Pankhurst and exciting new albums from Annabelle Berthomé-Reynolds and Gillian Smith.

Mental Health In The Music Industry: A Guide, by Rachel Jepson

Rachel Jepson's new book, Mental Health In The Music Industry: A Guide will be of interest to women working in the music industry. Rachel is a musician and counsellor with more than twenty years experience in the music industry who has presented her work to the ISM and Help Musicians UK amongst others.

Rachel says

There are many issues affecting the mental health of women in the music industry. I write about some of these issues in my new book ‘Mental Health in The Music Industry: A Guide’. To begin with, there is a major gender imbalance within the music industry in terms of senior management. According to a survey by UK Music, only 30% of senior positions in the music industry are occupied by women. Why is this? It could be a lack of encouragement, self-esteem, confidence and role models. There are a lack of role models and opportunities when it comes to certain music industry roles such as managers, tour managers, producers, mixers, sound engineers leading to some women not believing they will succeed if they pursue these careers. Women also have the added pressure of touring and working in the music industry whilst being a mother, feeling pressure from their orchestra, label, manager etc to tour whilst also feeling judged and guilty if they do so. It has been well-documented that some female artists have been abused, controlled and harassed whilst working in the music industry. There is a culture of: ‘’You’re lucky to be here and someone else will do it if you don’t.’’ For women in the industry, there is always a pressure to look beautiful and accept that they will be sexualised; this is not the same for men. Famous female musicians who live in the public eye are scrutinised, criticised and trolled if they have put on weight, had surgery, dyed their hair, worn the wrong dress leading to issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and a distorted body image. I am not saying that some of the issues do not affect men, but they are a part of everyday life for most women in the music industry. Awareness must be raised of some of these issues, and support provided. I’m hoping this book, and my CPD accredited course in Mental Health Awareness In The Music Industry will address this.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to music charities.

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Join me on a trip round the world this week, going down under with music from composer of the week Peggy Glanville-Hicks and friends Paul Bowles, Arthur Benjamin and Peter Sculthorpe.

A PARMA Recordings double bill this month with music from Mira Spektor and Finnish composer Maija Hynninen.

Plus Mexican music conducted by Alondra de la Parra, African music performed by Rebeca Omordia, Cuban music performed by Rachel Barton Pine and a flute concerto by Sally Beamish.

Scordatura Women's Music Collective concert TONIGHT, Saturday 19 October, Carperby Village Hall, Wensleydale, 7.30 pm

Scordatura Women's Music Collective concert performing music by women composers.

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

Phylis Tate - Sonata for Clarinet and Cello

Carperby Village Hall, Wensleydale, 7.30 pm

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This week celebrating the work and legacy of composer, conductor and musical director Odaline de la Martinez. 

Plus new releases from Harlem Quartet, Neave Trio, and much more!

WiM founder Odaline de la Martinez is among outstanding women in music awarded Ivors Academy Gold Badge

The Ivors Academy Gold Badge awards celebrate 'exceptional talent in the UK music industry; individuals who inspire or support creativity and the professional lives of The Ivors Academy members'.

Women in Music founder member Odaline de la Martinez, known as Chachi, the artistic director and conductor of Lontano Ensemble, is a wonderful composer and a champion of work by women composers. She is joined in receiving this award by other outstanding women in music, the music publisher Jane Dyball, the music engineer Olga FitzRoy, the jazz pianist, composer and teacher Nikki Iles, the classical pianist, teacher and promoter of contemporary music Thalia Myers, and the former CEO of the PRS and now President & CEO of New Music USA, Vanessa Reed.

Women in Music sends a huge congratulations to all the recipients.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 11 October.

Vroni Holzmann launches her new album of piano compositions - 28 September 2019 - Edinburgh

Edinburgh composer Vroni Holzmann is hosting an event to launch her new album of piano compositions, Glow on the Horizon, with an in-house performance by various accomplished pianists.


The event will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 28th September 2019. Numbers are limited but if you would like to attend please contact Vroni at [email protected]


You can hear Vroni playing and speaking about her music in an interview from 2011 here

22nd London New Wind Festival - new work by women composers - Thursday 19th September, 6.30pm, Waterloo

22nd London New Wind Festival and Colleagues present

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Robert Coleridge (1955-2019)

Music for Winds. Music for Piano Solo and Experimental Pieces for Mixed Ensemble.

Thursday 19th September 

 Starts 6.30pm

The Warehouse Waterloo, 13 Theed Street, South Bank, London SE1 8ST

Music by Robert Coleridge and New Pieces by:

Tim Ambler, Avril Anderson, David Sutton-Anderson, Giorgio Coslovich, Stephen Gibson, Anthony Green, John Lewis, Michael Parsons, Catherine Pluygers,  Jane Serter and Hugh Shrapnel

Performers Include;

Members of London New Wind Ensemble: Simon Desorgher Flutes, Catherine Pluygers Oboes, Phil Edwards Clarinets, Ian Mitchell Clarinets, Henryk Sienkiewicz Horn, Glynn Williams Bassoon, Alan Tomlinson Trombone, David Sutton-Anderson Conductor and  Peter O'Hagan Piano. 

Solo Pianists: Anthony Green, John Lewis, Michael Parsons, Hugh Shrapnel, Ruth Shrapnel and  Sarah Walker

Tickets at door £10 (6 concessions)