International Women’s Day: Forgotten Women Composers

Today the BBC Concert Orchestra will perform and broadcast a selection from Professor Jeremy Llewellyn’s new critical edition of the oratorio Sant’Elena al Calvario by Marianna von Martines (1744-1812). Composed around 1780 on a libretto by Pietro Metastasio, the oratorio recounts the dramatic narrative of St Helena’s search and ultimate discovery of Christ’s cross – with all the attendant affects.

The concert also contains the performance of the Symphony in B minor by Russian Composer Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940), newly edited by Dr Graham Griffiths, alumnus of the Faculty.

The BBC has joined forces with the AHRC to put together a broader project on ‘Forgotten Women Composers’ and so today’s concert also contains music by Florence B Price, Augusta Holmès, and Johanna Müller-Hermann. In the longer term, the project aims to build up the recordings library of women composers held at the BBC by broadcasting newly edited music. The concert on International Women’s Day seeks to generate momentum.

The concert will be broadcast live from LSO St Luke’s in London from 7.30pm on BBC Radio 3 and will be available afterwards via the BBC Radio 3 website.

On Friday the Faculty will continue the celebrations with a concert at the Holywell Music Room curated by Artist in Residence Natalie Clein.  The programme includes a world premiere of ‘Network Bed’ by composer Hannah Kendall commissioned especially for tomorrow’s concert.