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Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a globally-recognised chance to celebrate and recognise the challenges and opportunities facing women across the world.

Along with our design partners Sane & Able, we have produced an infographic with stats and facts about the role women play in professional music, and how they are represented across the classical music industry. The theme of ‘space’ was chosen to highlight the light years we need to travel in order to achieve gender parity, as women are still vastly under-represented in the media for their achievements in composing and conducting.

We’ve highlighted that at the current rate, it won’t be until 2186 – 169 years away – that 50% of pieces composed and conducted by women will be the norm at the BBC Proms. Currently, only 4 of the 61 accredited ABO orchestras have women undertaking titled roles. This week we have compiled a Spotify playlist of 169 of our favourite pieces created or performed by women in celebration of the incredible contribution women make to the music industry, including those who have been overlooked by history.

The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2016‘ provides interesting – and sometimes difficult – reading for anyone interested in finding out the facts and statistics behind women’s role in areas such as education, economics, health and politics. From looking at the data collected it is clear that, like with classical music, we still have a long way to go to ensure that the female half of the population are given the same opportunities as their male equivalents.

It’s not all bad news. Serious efforts are being made to ensure fairer representation for women in the classical music industry. ‘Sound and Music‘ are aiming for a 50/50 split between male and female-identified composers as part of their vision for 2020, which is a short three years away. Later today, BBC Radio 3 are to broadcast a piano sonata by composer Fanny Mendelssohn, which up until recently had been falsely attributed to her brother Felix. Tomorrow, as part of HeForShe Arts Week, ‘Yes She Can’ are providing young women opportunities to network and discover more about careers in music, particularly in roles generally underrepresented by women such as tech and management.

Follow the hashtags #BeBoldForChange and #InternationalWomensDay on Twitter to find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign for gender equality.

 

(Written on March 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, conductor Cristian Măcelaru talks about music and equality, and how it changes us. Aldeburgh Music announces rebrand, changing its name to Snape Maltings. Saimir Pirgu was presented with the Verona Lirica Award 2016. Also, Garsington Opera has named baritone Benjamin Lewis and conductor Jack Ridley as the recipients of this year’s Leonard Ingrams Foundation awards.

Classical Music Magazine

Aldeburgh Music announces rebrand

Aldeburgh Music is to change its name to Snape Maltings as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2017.

RLPO appoints new board members

Mel Grodner and Vanessa Reed have been appointed to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s board of directors.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru on why music is the true equalizer

Cristian Măcelaru sees music as something that can change us.

BBC News

Brothers play music for Wrexham hospital kidney patients

Kidney patients undergoing dialysis treatment at Wrexham Maelor Hospital are being offered personal performances by members of the locally-based NEW Sinfonia orchestra.

Opera Now Magazine

Saimir Pirgu wins Verona Lirica Award 2016

Saimir Pirgu was presented with the Verona Lirica Award 2016 at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona on 13 November.

Garsington Opera announces Leonard Ingrams Foundation award recipients

Garsington Opera has named baritone Benjamin Lewis and conductor Jack Ridley as the recipients of this year’s Leonard Ingrams Foundation awards, which support, encourage and nurture the best young artists involved in bringing opera to the stage.

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Dutch composer constructs grand piano using 29,000 lego pieces

Most people would be satisfied if they managed to build a model piano out of lego. But for Jeroen van Veen, a composer living near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, that’s just child’s play.

Aftenposten

Nå tar hun med seg musikktalentene til Sør-Korea

Soon-Mi Chung har hatt så si alle norske stryker-talenter i opplæring. Denne uken er hun sammen med 38 av dem i Sør-Korea der de skal spille i et av verdens mest prestisjefylte konserthus.

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Gerichtsurteil: GEMA darf keine Einnahmen an Musikverlage ausschütten

Musikverlagen in Deutschland drohen Einnahmeverluste in Millionenhöhe. Nach einem Urteil des Berliner Kammergerichts haben die Verlage kein Recht, ohne weiteres an den Einnahmen aus Urheberrechten von Komponisten und Textern beteiligt zu werden.

klassik.com

Debatte über Interimsstandort der Stuttgarter Oper

In Stuttgart werden derzeit Vorschläge zum Standort einer Interimsspielstätte diskutiert, die während der rund fünfjährigen Sanierungszeit des Opernhauses genutzt werden soll.

Musik heute

Telekom-Klavierwettbewerb startet Bewerbungsphase

Die International Telekom Beethoven Competition startet die Bewerbungsphase für die nächste Ausgabe Ende 2017. Vom 15. November 2016 bis zum 15. Mai 2017 können sich junge Pianisten anmelden.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1942 Birth of Argentine-born Israeli #pianist and conductor @DBarenboim #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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Photo: Sorin Popa

(Written on November 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, UK government pulls its funding for London concert hall, Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis dies, and ABRSM joins forces with Classic FM as ‘Partner in Music Education’. Also, the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Plaza attracts over tens of thousands of visitors in Hamburg and “Initiative kulturelle Integration” is launched.

The Guardian

Government pulls its funding for London concert hall

Plans to build a “world-class” concert hall in London have been thrown into disarray after the government pulled its funding on Friday. The project, which was proposed by the conductor Simon Rattle, was not affordable, the government said.

Zoltán Kocsis, pianist and ‘giant of music’, dies aged 64

Virtuoso Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis, celebrated for his versatile technique, has died at the age of 64, his orchestra, the National Philharmonic, said.

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ABRSM joins forces with Classic FM as ‘Partner in Music Education’

ABRSM, the UK’s largest music education body, has teamed up with the nation’s most popular classical music station, Classic FM, to launch a new music education partnership.

Classical Music Magazine

Liverpool Phil announces second composition prize winner

Richard Miller has won the Liverpool Philharmonic’s second Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.He wins a cash prize of £1,000 and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (Basca).

The New York Times

Jean-Jacques Perrey, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dies at 87

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the electronic music pioneer whose jubilant compositions turned up in settings as disparate as Disneyland and “The Simpsons,” died on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 87.

Irish Examiner

This Kickstarter campaign wants to help an orchestra reinvent your favourite songs

Orchestras are no longer the reserve of Bach or Beethoven. They are increasingly becoming, dare we say it, cool. So what better time for the orchestra Metamorphestra? Founded in 2016 by Nick Proch, it brings an “oversized, high-energy, film score-esque approach to familiar songs”.

Musicweek

BRITs 2017 Voting Academy overhauled to promote diversity

The 2017 BRITs voting academy has undergone a major overhaul to promote greater gender and ethnic diversity among the awards’ voting body.

Musik-heute

Elbphilharmonie-Plaza lockt zehntausende Besucher

Die Plaza der Elbphilharmonie hat sich in den ersten Tagen ihrer Öffnung als Besuchermagnet erwiesen. Am Samstag haben nach der letzten Zählung rund 13.100 Menschen das Bauwerk besucht, am Sonntag kamen bis 17:00 Uhr 10.100 Besucher.

Klassik.com

Händel-Haus Halle erhält Porträt des Komponisten

Das Gemälde befindet sich im Besitz der Nachfahren von Händels Schwester und wird dem Händel-Haus als Dauerleihgabe zur Verfügung gestellt. Das großformatige Porträt zeigt den Komponisten in höherem Alter, der Maler ist unbekannt.

Musikrat.de

Initiative kulturelle Integration ins Leben gerufen

Anknüpfend an die Diskussionen von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel mit Vertreterinnen gesellschaftlicher Gruppen, Verbänden und Organisationen zum Thema Flüchtlinge, haben die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien Grütters, Bundesinnenminister de Mazière, Bundesarbeitsministerin Nahles und Staatsministerin Özoguz gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Kulturrat die Initiative  ins Leben gerufen.

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Music History @today_classical in 1926 Birth of Australian Dame Joan

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Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian.

(Written on November 7, 2016 )

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday (8th March), WildKat PR are turning the spotlight onto influential and inspiring female figures in classical music, past and present.

Today’s focus is on Dame Ethel Smyth, a female composer of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who was also an extremely active suffragette. Such was her devotion to women’s rights that she gave up her music for two years to fight for the cause.

As common to many women of middle class origins at the time, music and music theory lessons were undertaken only as part of a ‘ladylike’ education and not a serious career option. Yet, for Ethel, these inspired her to relocate to the Leipzig Conservatoire when she was 19 where she studied composition, much to her Father’s disapproval who preferred for her to marry.

Ethel Smyth Picture

Bassano. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

In Leipzig she studied under Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg and it was around this time that her work was introduced to Brahms. He commented, with what she realised afterwards was not a compliment but actually ‘scathing irony,’ ‘So, this is the young lady who writes sonatas and doesn’t know counterpoint.

Despite Brahms’ comments, Smyth’s works were received with critical acclaim, particularly her String Quintet in E Major. Highly respected critic, Wilhelm Altmann, wrote ‘this quintet clearly showcases the composer’s tremendous talent.’ Her Symphonic Serenade in D, secured her recognition with both public and press.

Her introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910 sparked her passionate involvement in the Suffragette movement. Indeed, she was sentenced to two months in jail for breaking an anti-suffrage politician’s window with a brick! The movement also influenced her music: she wrote The March of the Women which became an anthem for suffrage and was sung by the women on marches.

So, what can we learn from Ethel today? Clearly, her uncompromising commitment to women’s rights is something which is still very important (although we do not condone her violent methods). Whilst there are many wonderfully talented female musicians, there is still a distinct lack of women composers and conductors and Ethel’s determination to buck the trend in 20th Century England is something our industry should celebrate and encourage.

Check back here tomorrow for the next in our series on Marin Alsop!

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A Suffragette protest in London. Photograph: PA

Sources: WomenComposers.org

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The Telegraph

(Written on March 4, 2015 )