Music Faculty Celebrates International Women’s Day

Next Tuesday 7 March, the Music Faculty is celebrating International Women’s Day at the Holywell Music Room. The evening has been curated by our Director of Performance, Natalie Clein.

The evening begins with a pre-concert talk at 19.00 titled ‘Elisabeth Lutyens and her contemporaries’ (a discussion with composers Brian Elias and Robert Saxton) and culminates at 20.00 in a concert featuring soprano Gillian Keith, pianist Anna Tilbrook and cellist Natalie Clein. The programme consists of pieces by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Lili Boulanger and Elisabeth Lutyens, and the world premiere of ‘Storm Song’ by Deborah Pritchard to a newly composed text by Jeanette Winterson.

Natalie Clein writes: ‘The big problem when coming up with a programme for this concert was what to leave out! There is such a wealth of repertoire, spanning centuries, written by women composers who truly deserve to be performed and known by modern audiences. Why is it that composers such as Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Elizabeth Lutyens, and even Clara Schumann are not as widely performed as their male counterparts? We feel sure that tonight’s concert will demonstrate that the answer to this question is certainly not one concerning quality, inventiveness or originality.’

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