tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:/posts Women in Music UK Blog 2022-08-08T13:57:43Z WiM tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1865715 2022-08-08T13:52:58Z 2022-08-08T13:57:43Z The Boatswain’s Mate by Ethel Smyth - Grimeborn 2022, Arcola Theatre, London 10-13 August

A revival of Ethel Smyth's comic opera The Boatswain’s Mate is being performed at the Arcola Theatre in London as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival.

It is performed by Spectra Ensemble and directed by Cecilia Stinton

10 August – 13 August 2022 at 9 pm


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1856679 2022-07-18T19:23:44Z 2022-07-18T19:23:45Z The Sommerville Collection

Songs and stories from the Sommerville Collection, making connections between women scientists, novelists, artists and musicians, linked to Mary Sommerville, performed by Frances Lynch. 

Sunday 24th July 2022, 7.30 PM, Stroud Green Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Glanville Gardens, London N4 4EL. 


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1847863 2022-06-27T23:03:18Z 2022-06-28T10:49:52Z Women Composers Festival, 9 July, 7.30 pm, Southbank Centre, London

The London Oriana Choir, Edinburgh Singers, Southern Spirit Singers, and Archer Academy will perform music by women composers, including new commission by Hannah Kendall. The programme looks really great, get to this if you can.

Mia Makaroff: Butterfly
Kate Rusby: Underneath the stars arr. Jim Clements
Sarah Quartet: Swept away
Eleanor Daley: Set me as a seal
Aileen Sweeney: We will no longer sing into the silence
Judith Weir: My Guardian Angel
Annie Lennox: Love song for a Vampire
Jessica Curry: Home
Cecilia McDowall: Regina Caeli
Jessica Curry: I loved you first
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: So true a fool is love
Ailsa Dixon: These things shall be
Hannah Kendall: Tuxedo: Dust Bowl #2
Rebecca Dale: Salve regina
Shruthi Rajasekar: Green Fingers
Anna Disley-Simpson: In the blue
Tara Mack: In Lak'ech (You are my other me)
Kerry Andrew: who we are

Sat 9 Jul, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1844532 2022-06-20T21:40:12Z 2022-06-20T21:40:12Z BBC data shows festival lineup inequality yet again, and a response from the MU

BBC research shows that only 13% of festival headliners are female despite campaigns and promises for a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.


The Musicians' Union responds, noting the need to address wider problems than just the festivals themselves, and the damage caused to the industry by this lack of representation.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1826435 2022-05-05T21:18:52Z 2022-05-05T21:18:53Z JAM and VOCES8 launch a year-long masterclass series

JAM’s Masterclass Series 2022 is a composition course in choral writing, aimed at emerging UK-based composers. It is free and open to all UK-based composers aged 18+.


Composers are asked to submit a sketch by Friday 20th May 2022. These should be

·       A maximum of 50 bars and

·       written for SATB to SSAATTBB choir, a cappella.

·       All texts must be in the public domain.

·       Composers who submit must be able to attend the workshop in person to participate


On 9th July, a maximum of six composers, who have submitted sketches, will be offered the chance to take part in a choral workshop with VOCES8 and composer Paul Mealor. The workshop will take place at St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent.

To watch bite-size choral writing videos by VOCES8 and for full details of this free masterclass series please visit https://jamconcert.org/jam-masterclass-series-2022/

“Nurturing emerging composers is extremely important to me. JAM’s Masterclass Series does exactly this.” Paul Mealor, composer and JAM President.


The six composers who have participated in the workshop will then be asked to submit their completed pieces to JAM by 2nd September.


All six pieces will be performed by the VOCES8 Foundation in a recorded, public concert at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street in October. At the end of this performance one of the composers will be awarded the President's Commission of £500. The commission will be premiered at JAM's 'Music of Our Time' concert in March 2023.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1809565 2022-03-21T22:39:06Z 2022-03-21T22:39:06Z JAM: Music of Our Time - 23 March 7.30 pm - St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London

Two premieres, a newly commissioned brass quintet by Janet Wheeler, and The Hand that Made Us Is Divine by Kathryn Rose, feature in this concert that opens JAM's 2022 season, its first Music of Our Time concert since March 2019.

The full programme is

The Lord is my Light by William Harmer

Clarion Song (Op59) by Christopher Best

In Drifts of Sleep by Richard Peat

The Hand that Made Us Is Divine by Kathryn Rose

Carol of the Passion by Philip Lancaster 

New Commission (for brass quintet) by Janet Wheeler

Between the Stormclouds and the Sea by Jack Oades (with text by Grahame Davies)

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

Onyx Brass | Simon Hogan, organ | Mark Le Brocq, tenor | Grahame Davies, narrator

Michael Bawtree, conductor

7.30pm, Wednesday 23rd March

St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU



tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1807246 2022-03-15T04:22:48Z 2022-03-15T04:22:48Z Women Improvisers London Concert event on Wednesday 16th March 2022

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1804097 2022-03-07T21:16:39Z 2022-03-07T21:16:39Z Three Centuries of Female Composers (10-CD Box Set) - Worldwide Release Marking International Women's Day 2022

Women in Music would like to congratulate composer and pianist Dr Tanya Ekanayaka and all those involved in the release of this marvellous collection.

Dr Tanya Ekanayaka - by Nadine Ishaq

Tanya writes

It gives me great pleasure to share with you, news of a unique release in celebration of International Women’s Day 2022 on 8th March. 

A limited-edition 10-CD boxset titled, 3 CENTURIES OF FEMALE COMPOSERS containing works for solo piano by some of the greatest female piano composers through history is being released worldwide today (4th March). Many of you will likely recognise many of the composers and some of the music in this set can be accessed entirely free!  

I’m deeply honoured that one of the CDs, (CD 9), comprises my own compositions for solo piano mostly composed during lockdown in 2020, and performed by me. Not least because of the beautiful context am I touched by this inclusion, but also because a core aspect of my creative practice as a South Asian woman composer-pianist with a very multicultural lived musical background, focuses on broadening the musical imprint of the piano across cultures and ‘spaces’ not traditionally associated with the pianistic canon. 

The set is being released by Naxos Records (Grand Piano) and the following Naxos Records web-link contains full details https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=GP897X

The release note published by Naxos Records on their official web-page dedicated to the release and full list of composers featured are as follows:  

“Ranging from the 18th century to the music of our time, this collection of critically acclaimed recordings explores the significant contribution to solo piano repertoire made by a wide variety of women composers. These rare and important pieces include the works of the celebrated pianist Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy and of Hélène de Montgeroult, whose sonatas are distinctive additions to the Classical and early Romantic periods. Maria Szymanowska’s deft dances contrast with the fearsome demands of Teresa Carreño, herself a great virtuoso. Vítězslava Kaprálová was the most important female Czech composer of the 20th century, while Agathe Backer Grøndahl was one of Norway’s most respected composer-pianists. Tanya Ekanayaka continues the lineage in her own diverse and hybrid pieces.” – NAXOS RECORDS 

Composers included (in alphabetical order) – 

Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska 

Amy Beach 

Anna Bon 

Lili Boulanger 

Anne-Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt  Brillon de Jouy 

Teresa Carreño 

Cécile Chaminade 

Tanya Ekanayaka 

Chiquinha Gonzaga 

Agathe Backer Grøndahl 

Vítězslava Kaprálová 

Emma Kodály 

Haruna Miyake 

Hélène-Antoinette-Marie de Nervo de Montgeroult 

Tatiana Nikolayeva 

Dora Pejačević 

Florence Beatrice Price 

Clara Schumann 

Maria Szymanowska

And finally, here’s a little preview video: 

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1803942 2022-03-07T15:14:16Z 2022-03-07T15:14:16Z International Women's Day 8 March 2022 celebrated on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 is playing music written by women all day in celebration of International Women's Day. Composers include:

Composer of the week Henriette Bosmans.

Lunchtime concert by the BBC Singers and organist Anna Lapwood with music by Kristina Arakelyan, June Nixon, Kerensa Briggs,
Sarah MacDonald, Melissa Dunphy, Cecilia McDowall, Judith Bingham and Ghislaine Reece-Trapp.

Afternoon concert including music by Joan Tower, Francesca Caccini, Lotta Wennäkoski, Isabella Leonarda, Erika Fox, Dora Pejacevic, Thea Musgrave, Dora Pejačević, and Elfrida Andrée.

In tune mixtape includes works by Doreen Carwithen, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Errollyn Wallen, Clara Schumann and Laura Mvula.

Radio 3 in concert gives music by Maddalena Casulana and Barbara Strozzi.

Well done radio 3, and we would like more of this every day.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1800511 2022-02-27T15:33:14Z 2022-02-27T15:33:14Z Songs & Stories from “The Somerville Connexion” - 7pm 8th March 2022 online

For International Women's Day, electric voice theatre are presenting this online concert of vocal music that celebrates women in the ambit of the nineteenth century astronomer and mathematician Mary Somerville.

Works to be performed include

Cheryl Frances-Hoad Something More Than Mortal (Words by Ada Lovelace)

Lynne Plowman Seven Dark Lines

Eliza Flower (1803 – 1846) Now Pray We for our Country and Rebecca’s Hymn

Isabella Scott Gibson (1786–1838) Row Gondolier and Lochnagar

Helen Blackwood, Lady Dufferin (1807 – 1867) The Charming Woman

Nicola Lefanu Wishing from “Rory’s Rounds”

Frances M Lynch ADA BAB(BLE)


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1800508 2022-02-27T15:23:32Z 2022-02-27T15:23:32Z The Routledge Handbook of Women’s Work in Music

This new Routledge Handbook, which arose from the papers given at the First International Conference on Women's Work in Music, held at Bangor University in 2017, and edited by Rhiannon Mathias, is an important new collection of diverse research and practitioner reporting in this field. Routledge describe it as 'a key reference work for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in music and gender'. It is available as an ebook as well as a hardback volume.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1799021 2022-02-23T21:45:02Z 2022-03-15T04:25:31Z Stranger Fruit Contemporary Reflections on Jazz & Blues Women Zoom Feb 26th and fortnightly
Stranger Fruit 
Contemporary reflections on the lives of Jazz and Blues women and their legacies
Fortnightly online participatory Zoom sessions Feb 26th, March 12th, March 26th April 9th
8pm UK time

Transculturalvisions in partnership with Griots Arts and Outerglobe presents Stranger Fruit: Contemporary reflections on the lives of Jazz and Blues women and their legacies, a participatory zoom programme with fortnightly sessions between February 26th and April 9th 2022.  Arts advocates Debbie Golt and Marva Jackson Lord will host. Four contemporary women musicians of profile choose a fellow artist who inspires them and will share how their own music and practice is impacted by their chosen person. Each session will feature illustrated interviews with Sharron Macloed (voice/flute), Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet), RENU (percussion) and Roella Oloru (multi-instrumentalist) in turn. They will play their own music live inviting the others and eventually audience members to join in open ended improvisations together in real time on zoom. Visual artist Clare Marshall will paint inspired by the music and discussions during the zoom. The sessions will be free and participants will be able to register via a website - www.strangerfruit.net  

Bilkis Malek, Director of Transculturalvisions said ‘Women are central to the origins and evolution of Jazz and Blues and have inspired some of the most famous musicians and their contributions are not always well known. I think of Ma Rainey whose gravelly vocals inspired Louis Armstrong, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt and Victoria Spivey who nurtured the talent of Bob Dylan. There is also Mama Ray Thornton who originally recorded Hound Dog which was one of Elvis Presley’s biggest hits. Stranger Fruit picks up on this theme with our four invited musicians who look at artists who they have been inspired by and who in turn may not be so well known or understood.”

As might be assumed, the title Stranger Fruit is indeed inspired by “Strange Fruit” originally sung by Billie Holiday, written by Abel Meeropol. The song is recognised as a protest against the lynching of black Americans and identifies the victims with the fruit of trees. The central invitation of the series is to imagine what would it be like if strangers were seen as a product of a society, or community’s own making, voices highlighting our fault lines and how we might imagine things differently. Taking this as a theme the series also aims to represent women as being in charge of their destinies and not victims as the Blues and Jazz women are so  often portrayed when they do get a mention. In fact women have been central to the origins and evolution of jazz and blues and advocates of female empowerment through independence, sassiness and sexual freedom. Through the series as each musician reflects on the how their chosen artist inspires them and how their music, innovation and style has made a difference to their own approaches and development, the aim is to transform perceptions of women’s impact on contemporary music and culture. Perhaps a more liberating view of identity and understanding of differences will emerge.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1777390 2021-12-31T00:55:56Z 2021-12-31T00:55:56Z Marvin Rosen's annual 50/50 marathon features WiM Member Rosemary Duxbury today RADIO BROADCAST WiM Member Rosemary Duxbury says she is " thrilled to have my music selected for “Viva 21st Century” a live radio program curated by Marvin Rosen in the USA. 

" The piece, “Light” (2021) is for solo piano and is my latest composition, recently recorded by Patricia Siffert. It hasn’t been performed or broadcast before so this will be the first time it is heard publicly! 

 " “Light” will be played on Thursday 30 Dec between 13.00-16.00 Eastern time. (For Internet listeners link to excellent Time Zone Converter: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc) You can listen on the radio in NJ, parts of PA, Delaware and NY at: WPRB 103.3FM Princeton NJ, or on the Internet at: http://www.wprb.com/ 

" Please join Marvin for his 17th Marathon and the 16th devoted to 21st century music from the last 15 years. It really is an incredible broadcast feat and a wonderful way to discover music being written today around the world. It will begin on Thursday, December 30th at 10:00 am (EST time) and will go non-stop, live, until 10:00am Friday, December 31st, 2021. 

Approximately over 100 new works with an approximate equal representation of both men and women composers (hence 50/50 subtitle) will be broadcast during this 24 hour long event."

Marvin Rosen has a mixcloud  https://www.mixcloud.com/MarvinRosen/ and the marathon should eventually be there in stages.

My deepest apologies to Rosemary for posting this late. Please check her on facebook and http://www.rosemaryduxbury.com/  Do still tune in for other female composer gems. Debbie Golt posting this

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1777384 2021-12-31T00:40:55Z 2021-12-31T00:42:24Z Errollyn Wallen is BBC R3 Composer of the Week from Jan 3rd 2022 at Noon GMT

There's a week of marvellous music and insights coming up as Women in Music Founder Member and distinguished composer and innovator Errollyn Wallen is BBC Radio 3's composer of the week starting at 12 Noon GMT on Monday January 3rd 2022.  

Here is the intro link:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013237

In the first programme Donald Macleod chats to composer Errollyn Wallen about her heritage and musical upbringing.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, we hear about Errollyn’s deep connection to Belize and her childhood musical memories. She was brought up in London to a soundtrack of Ella Fitzgerald and calypso. When she discovered the piano, she had to be begged not to practice. Errollyn's first ever composition was written for her sisters to sing walking to primary school, and family has since been a thread through her work.

All 5 episodes will go onto the BBC Iplayer as well.    

Congratulations to Errollyn Wallen. See also ErrollynWallen.com

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1762968 2021-11-23T23:00:36Z 2021-11-23T23:00:36Z Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike in conversation - Royal Philharmonic Society - 29 November, London

Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike – in conversation

Mon 29 Nov 2021, 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

Royal Philharmonic Society

A unique encounter between two of the nation’s most-loved violinists.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1757128 2021-11-08T19:55:03Z 2021-11-08T19:55:04Z London New Wind Festival Friday 12 November

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1752891 2021-10-28T15:32:36Z 2021-10-28T15:36:32Z Film scored by WiM Member shortlisted for Birmingham Film Festival award

Women in Music member Rosemary Duxbury - composer and musician - has scored another success. Not only is a film she composed the soundtrack for been accepted for the Birmingham Film Festival it has also been shortlisted for the Best  Micro Short Award. The film is Communications by Peter James for Boxshoe Films and it shows at the Festival on November 21st at 10am. 

Birmingham Film Festival runs from November 18th-21st and details can be found at www,birminghamfilmfestival.co.uk .  

Rosemary Duxbury is a British composer writing music for concert, film & media 'to touch the heart and inspire the soul'. www.rosemaryduxbury.com . Her pieces are often played on American radio and she also has music being performed on Saturday October 30th 7.30 pm St John the Baptist Church, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester. https://www.facebook.com/events/4845262698858875

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1750539 2021-10-21T22:17:54Z 2021-10-21T22:17:54Z World premieres at JAM on the Marsh: VIRTUAL - 22nd October until 19th November

JAM on the Marsh: VIRTUAL begins on Friday 22nd October and runs until 19th November. Highlights for WiM include world premiere performances of works by Cecilia McDowall, Janet Wheeler, and Angela Slater.

The programme of films from JAM on the Marsh’s sell-out live events this July has been curated by the pianist Anna Tilbrook.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1747415 2021-10-13T22:11:15Z 2021-10-13T22:11:15Z She Wrote The Tunes - a cabaret performance by Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman - 20 October - London

Mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond and multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman are giving a cabaret performance of songs from the 1920s and 1930s written by women.

The venue is Crazy Coqs Cabaret at Brasserie Zedel, London, 7 pm, 20th October.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1705997 2021-06-21T22:56:48Z 2021-06-22T09:15:30Z Jennifer Fowler composition premiere at Royal Academy of Music - online viewing for a month

There will be a premiere of a piece of distinguished composer and Women in Music Founder Member, Jennifer Fowler, at the Royal

 Academy of Music (London) at 1 pm UK time on Wednesday, 23 June. It is a piece for solo bassoon, to be played bya post-grad student (Hugo Mak) in a concert that is being streamed. Details below.

The RAM has been commissioning a series of solo works to celebrate their 200th anniversary next year. Many new pieces are being played by the students throughout this year and all the commission performances will come out on CD next year.

 Jennifer's piece is almost certainly 2nd on the programme. The concert will continue to be available for streaming for a month after the performance. It is free.

 Just click on this link at 1 pm on Wed or any time afterwards for a month: https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalAcademyofMusic

To find out more about Jennifer Fowler and her approach to music and her outstanding career go to this link 




tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1705949 2021-06-21T21:30:29Z 2021-06-21T21:30:30Z The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900, edited by Laura Hamer

Laura Hamer has edited this excellent new volume looking at women in music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It brings together the work and voices of both academic researchers active in the field of Women in Music Studies and female music practitioners, in a volume that provides a high quality, accessible overview of women’s work in music since 1900.

The volume considers the breadth of women’s musical participation and experience across a wide range of musical genres, including the classical tradition, women in popular music, women and music technology, women in music education and women in the music industries. The book considers the gendered nature of the musical profession and discusses a wide range of musicians including Elizabeth Maconchy, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho,  Sinéad O’Connor, Billie Holiday, Delia Derbyshire, The Supremes.

‘In Her Own Words’ contributions from practitioners bring topics intensely to life and additional advice for further reading open up potential new areas of enquiry for readers.

The contributors are Laura Hamer, Sophie Fuller, Rhiannon Mathias, Elaine Kelly, Astrid Kvalbein, Francesca Placanica, Elizabeth Hoffman, Tammy L. Kernodle, Jacqueline Warwick, Katherine Williams, Michael Brocken, Kristin J. Lieb, Virginia Kettle, Louis Niebur, Margaret Schedel, Flannery Cunningham, Manuella Blackburn, Robert Legg, Clare K. Duffin, Steph Power, and Victoria Armstrong.

The volume can be obtained from https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/music/twentieth-century-and-contemporary-music/cambridge-companion-women-music-1900?format=PB
Many thanks to Laura Hamer for the information included here.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1695526 2021-05-26T20:31:56Z 2021-05-26T20:31:57Z JAM’s Masterclass series - submit 50-bar sketches for Organ or Brass Quintet by Tuesday 1st June Women in Music is pleased to share this opportunity for composers.

As the next step in JAM’s Masterclass series, click here to submit 50-bar sketches for Organ or Brass Quintet by Tuesday 1st June.  This could be something you’re working on and/or nearly finished – it doesn’t have to be started from scratch.

JAM is encouraging sketches written for diverse genres including concert, church and jazz.  Also, a solo trumpet or brass duet is as valid as a piece for quintet.

3 Organ and 3 Brass sketches will be selected to be workshopped at the JAM on the Marsh festival on 13th July with Francesca Massey (Rochester Cathedral) and Onyx Brass, led by Professor Paul Mealor.

Then, these 6 pieces need to be finished for performance by Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass in London this autumn.

One composer will be awarded a £500 JAM commission for premiere in March in London.

Click here for full details on our Masterclass series and to watch Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass’ bite-size Masterclasses.

JAM looks forward to receiving your submission(s).

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tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1683621 2021-04-26T16:17:18Z 2021-04-26T16:17:29Z Errollyn Wallen CBE receives ISM Distinguished Musician Award

Women in Music congratulates ERROLLYN WALLEN CBE on her award of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) DISTINGUISHED MUSICIAN AWARD - one of the highest accolades in music. Errollyn is a founder member of Women in Music always making the difference! Well done Errollyn - adding another great award to your brilliant standing.


"Belize-born British composer, pianist and singer-songwriter, Errollyn Wallen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 ISM Distinguished Musician Award, one of the highest honours within the music industry, for services to music.

Established in 1976, the ISM Distinguished Musician Award recognises outstanding contributions to musical life in the UK. Errollyn joins such esteemed recipients as Dame Sarah Connolly, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Michael Tippett, Jacqueline du Pré OBE and Sir Charles Groves.  The ISM Distinguished Musician Award is selected by the ISM Council and is always dated the year before it is awarded to correspond with the term of the ISM President.

Errollyn’s music is performed regularly in concert halls around the world, and she was the first Black woman to have a work performed at the Proms (1998). Her solo album Errollyn reached even greater heights, as it completed 186 orbits around the Earth on NASA’s STS 115 mission. Her work Jerusalem – our clouded hills, a reimagination of Hubert Parry’s setting, was commissioned for the Last Night of the Proms in 2020, and is dedicated to the Windrush generation. Her EP, Peace on Earth, recorded by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, was released last November. 

On learning of her conferral Errollyn Wallen CBE said:
‘I am deeply honoured to receive this award from the ISM, who do so much to promote the vital importance of music for us all. These times have revealed that the making of live music has been under the direst threat and yet the need and longing for it has never been greater.’

ISM President 2020-21, Professor Chris Collins said:
‘Errollyn’s work is truly unique. Both her career and music-making transcend boundaries, and during COVID-19, Errollyn has continued to innovate, explore and challenge. In my term as ISM President, I can think of no one more worthy of receiving this award.’    "

Find out more about Errollyn's work at www.errollynwallen.com

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1681806 2021-04-22T12:32:13Z 2021-04-22T12:33:37Z Dr Samantha Ege + Odaline de La Martinez +piano music of Florence Price

6:30pm - 7:30pm on https://www.resonancefm.com/ Resonance 104.4fm and DAB London Debbie Golt WiM Chair has great guests in her show. Repeated Monday 4am and on Mixcloud - watch out for the link.

The Outerglobe

Debbie Golt takes African music and wider arts and culture as her starting point. This week: Debbie meets Dr Samantha Ege, pianist/musicologist, and Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer/conductor and director Lorelt Records (and founder member Women in Music) , to discuss and celebrate the release of Fantasie Nègre, The Piano Music of Florence Price (African-American Black Renaissance composer 1887-1953), and its life-changing impact on Ege. Visit outerglobe.co.uk for more information. Tweet to @outerglobe. [Repeated Monday 4am]


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1681575 2021-04-21T21:59:40Z 2021-04-21T21:59:40Z The radical views of Nina Simone

On the anniversary of Nina Simone's death Chardine Taylor Stone writes a perceptive analysis and fresh view of her politics in The Tribune - 


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1676816 2021-04-10T09:40:17Z 2021-04-11T20:36:08Z Remembering Jane Manning OBE (1938-2021)

Women in Music were very sorry to hear of the passing of one of our founder members, Jane Manning, last month. We are very grateful to the composer and WiM founder Nicola LeFanu and the Ivors' Academy for allowing us to share this lovely tribute to Jane on our blog.

Jane Manning was a soprano who put her artistry at the service of the living composer: she was a key figure in new music in Britain for nearly sixty years. Her wonderful voice and superb musicianship – perfect pitch and accurate rhythm – made her the most sought-after singer for all of us in contemporary ‘classical‘ music. She gave hundreds of concert and radio premieres, many being works specially commissioned for her, as well as championing 20th century classics:  Schonberg and Webern, Dallapiccola and Messaien.

She worked with everyone – famous elderly composers or unknown young ones – and the ease with which she tackled a huge range of repertoire was amazing. Her voice was technically secure, due no doubt to her training in traditional bel canto with Husler and Rodd-Marling. She exploded the myth that singing new music could damage the voice, inspiring a new generation of young singers.

Jane travelled all over the world, touring in Australasia as well as Europe. In 1987-8 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of York. Out of that time came ‘Jane’s Minstrels’, the chamber ensemble she and her husband, the composer Anthony Payne, set up in 1988. Established in London, which was always her base, it drew in many of the gifted young players she had worked with in York.

As well as a marvellous legacy of recordings, she has left an invaluable legacy of books on 20th and 21st century vocal music, including her research into Pierrot Lunaire, of which she was a consummate performer.

Jane was very important to me and my family: she made premiere recordings of Maconchy, Lumsdaine and myself, and in 1977 created the lead in my first opera, Dawnpath; indeed, one of my very first commissions, in 1971, was to write her a solo scena, But Stars Remaining, which true to form she kept in her repertoire. I shall miss her very much, as will my composer colleagues; we owed her so much, and her passing marks the end of an era.

Nicola LeFanu

April 2021


We are also grateful to the composer Margaret Lucy Wilkins for sending us her memories of Jane.

So sad to hear of the death of Jane Manning. She was a great pioneer of contemporary singing, and a champion of living composers. Her gift of ‘perfect pitch’ made it possible for her to render the most challenging vocal line as sounding effortless.

It was my great fortune that Jane gave the first performance and broadcast of my work, Struwwelpeter. Written for Jane and The Matrix, with whom she gave countless recitals, it was recorded at the Freemason’s Hall, Edinburgh, in 1974, and subsequently broadcast in a BBC 3 ‘Composer’s Portrait’ programme in 1975.

The Matrix ensemble consisted of 3 clarinets, piano and percussion, together with Jane Manning, soprano. The other members of the group were Alan Hacker, Francis Christou, Tony Coe (Clarinets), Carl Davis (piano) and Tristan Fry (percussion).

Jane and The Matrix toured nationally and internationally, giving many concerts and broadcasts of contemporary music, and increasing the audiences with the virtuosity of their performances.

Our thoughts are now with Jane’s husband, Anthony Payne.

Margaret Lucy Wilkins

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1672929 2021-03-31T21:14:07Z 2021-03-31T21:14:07Z The Daffodil Perspective re-launch

The Daffodil Perspective re-launches with a fabulous brand new website.  The classical music radio show creating space for EVERYONE to belong is bigger and better than ever. Tons of information on diverse composers, past shows and articles, all easily accessible. Plus if you're looking for information on female composers and need some assistance, the Daffodil Perspective offers diverse repertoire consultancy services. Have a look and discover a rabbit hole of incredible music by women.

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tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1669676 2021-03-23T09:41:10Z 2021-03-23T09:42:56Z Temi Adeniji appointed MD of Warner Music South Africa

Temi Adeniji appointed MD of Warner Music South Africa and SVP of strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa

Check the Music Week article here - some salient points are below. It is interesting that she succeeds another woman in her main posting. Temi Andeniji is originally from Nigeria and has USA degrees in Political Science and Law and a UK Masters in Law and worked in the legal area for several years before building her career with Warner Music which she joined in a senior position in 2016.

Temi Adeniji has been appointed to the combined role of MD of Warner Music South Africa and SVP, strategy, Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Adeniji will assume this position in September, reporting to     Alfonso Perez-Soto EVP Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.  In addition, as SVP of special projects, she’ll work closely with  Simon Robson, President international recorded music, on a number of international projects.

Adeniji will succeed Tracy Fraser as MD of Warner Music South Africa. Fraser has led the affiliate since its founding in 2013, and developed a successful and diverse roster of local artists, increasing the company’s market share, revenue and profits.  She will work alongside Adeniji over the next few months to support her transition.

Temi Adeniji said: “The world is waking up to the rich and diverse talent present in myriad thriving music scenes across the continent. As this increasingly interconnected digital world continues to remove barriers to music discovery, there is no doubt that in the years ahead we will continue to see even more global superstars from Africa.

“Africa stands on the precipice of a significant growth story, and I’m excited to play an important part in guiding our Company’s strategy and operations in this region. I have worked closely with our South African team over the past few years, so the opportunity to help steer the next stage of their journey is an honor and privilege.” 

#warnermusic #southafrica #womeninmusic 

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