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In today’s news: Cadogan Hall presents twelfth Zurich International Orchestra Series. Opera company auctions off 600 costumes and props as it closes after 38 years. Two new singers to join the King’s Singers. Trinity Laban commits to gender equality for 2018-19 season. Sir Karl Jenkins set to be given Freedom of the Swansea. Read about the Munich Biennale for new music theatre 2018. Star conductor Kent Nagano on the Salzburger Festspiele.

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Cadogan Hall presents twelfth Zurich International Orchestra Series

Highlights include the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, Sheku Kanneh-Mason performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev performing works by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa.

The Stage

Opera company auctions off 600 costumes and props as it closes after 38 years

An auction of 600 items from opera productions including The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni is being held after the company that owns them closed its doors for good after 38 years.

The King’s Singers

Announcing two new King’s Singers

‘We’re excited to announce and introduce the successors to Tim and Chris G from January 2019: countertenor Edward Button (28) and bass-baritone Nick Ashby (31).’

M Magazine

Trinity Laban commit to gender equality for 2018-19 season

Trinity Laban Conservatoire’s autumn 2018 programme will prioritise works by female composers in a bid to redress the gender imbalance within contemporary classical music.

Wales Online

Sir Karl Jenkins set to be given Freedom of the Swansea

He will join the likes of John Charles, Chris Coleman, Rowan Williams and US President Jimmy Carter if councillors vote for the proposal next week.

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Privatführungen auf der Musiktheaterbaustelle

Zur Münchener Biennale für neues Musiktheater 2018

Concerti

Wenn der Marktplatz zur mediterranen Piazza wird

38 Konzerte an 33 Spielstätten: Das 29. Musikfest Bremen bringt die ganze Stadt zum Klingen

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Lieblingsinstrument Kanun

Der Klang meiner inneren Stimme

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Dirigent Kent Nagano: „Unsere Welt ist viel zu laut geworden“

Der Stardirigent über die Salzburger Festspiele, die einstige Avantgarde und das Geheimnis der Stille in der Musik.

El País

De Corinna a Carolyne

Una antepasada de la “amiga” del rey emérito provocó un tormento amoroso a Franz Liszt.

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Trinity Laban (c) M Magazine

(Written on July 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Mariss Janson to extend contract with Bayerisches Rundfunk Symphonieorchester to 2024. Record season for Düsseldorfer Tonhalle. ISM and Musicians’ Union announce code of practice. Trouble in Tahiti: watch Bernstein’s swinging one-act opera. Composer James Newton Howard unveils world premiere. Spotify stock prices soar. The student tackling gender equality in the music industry. Brahms & Wagner in a musical feud. Opera singer Antonio Barasorda, regular at the Met, passes away. Humperdinck’s opera “Hänsel und Gretel” most performed in Germany in 2016/17 season.

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ISM and Musicians’ Union announce code of practice to tackle discrimination

The ISM and the Musicians’ Union (MU) have announced a set of principles to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify is worth more than $33bn, as stock price hits another all-time high

It’s been just over three months since Spotify floated on the New York Stock Exchange.
The story of the company’s valuation since that fateful day (April 3) has, so far, been one of a consistent climb.

The Guardian

Trouble in Tahiti: watch Bernstein’s swinging one-act opera – video

Opera North won terrific reviews for its production of Leonard Bernstein’s bittersweet one-act satire of suburban angst.

The Seattle Times

Hollywood composer James Newton Howard unveils world premiere at Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival

Known for his scores to such films as “The Hunger Games” and “Pretty Woman,” the prolific film composer has written a new work for the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s ongoing 2018 Summer Festival.

FE News

Student takes on gender equality in the music Industry

A young woman from South & City College Birmingham is using her coursework project to highlight the issue of gender inequality in the music industry.

Limelight

Did You Hear About Brahms’ Musical Feud With Wagner?

Among the 19th-century’s numerous musical skirmishes, one of the more waspish has to be that between Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner.

Merkur

Lebensprojekt München: Mariss Jansons bleibt bis 2024

Die Zeit der Flitterwochen, des himmelhoch jauchzenden Honeymoons ist schon lange vorbei. Mariss Jansons und das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, das ist vergleichbar mit einem in innigster Selbstverständlichkeit und Zuneigung verbundenen Paar, das Verrücktheiten nicht mehr braucht als Gunstbeweise.

NMZ

Rekord-Saison für Düsseldorfer Tonhalle

Mit drei ausverkauften Konzerten von Mahlers 8. Symphonie unter der Leitung von Adam Fischer ist die Saison 2017/18 in der Tonhalle Düsseldorf zu Ende gegangen.

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Mozart führt Opernstatistik 2016/17 des Bühnenvereins an

Engelbert Humperdincks Oper “Hänsel und Gretel” war in der Spielzeit 2016/17 laut der Werkstatistik des Deutschen Bühnenvereins die meistgespielte Oper in Deutschland.

Platea Magazine

Fallece el tenor Antonio Barasorda, habitual del Met de Nueva York

Tal y como informan medios puertorriqueños, el tenor Antonio Barasorda falleció el pasado 9 de julio de un infarto, en San Juan de Puerto Rico, a los 65 años de edad.

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Trouble in Tahiti (c) Alastair Muir

(Written on July 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: ABRSM announces RPS partnership, Trinity Laban pledge to make women 50% of its concert programmes, new campaign to support women and families in opera. More than 1000 musicians come together at the Festival of choir- and orchestral music in Bad Homburg, which will be visited by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, North Rhine-Westphalia going to invest 30 million more for local theatres and orchestras until 2022 and Israeli composer Bracha Bdil to receive Wolf Durmashkin Composition Prize.

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ABRSM announces partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society

ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have announced a new partnership ‘to help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and inspire musical achievement in the next generation’.

Trinity Laban to spotlight women composers in concerts and online

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced that music by women will make up more than half of its concert programmes in 2018/19.

Classic FM

New campaign launches supporting women and families in opera and music

Some of the UK’s finest young singers, directors and conductors are setting up a campaign to make parts of the music industry more cooperative, understanding and accommodating to women and young families.

The Guardian

Settling the score: celebrating the women erased from the musical canon

Augusta Holmès’ compositions won awards and acclaim from admirers including Liszt and Saint-Saëns, so why is she, and so many of her female contemporaries, all but forgotten today?

Music Week

UK music industry to launch China trade mission

Limelight

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2018 program unveiled

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has unveiled its 2018 program, which will include six world and 16 Australian premieres – not to mention 21 artists who will be appearing at the Festival for the first time, six of whom will be making their Australian debuts.

The Washington Post

81 and going strong, Philip Glass prepares for his Kennedy Center debut

The Kennedy Center will see a long-overdue debut Friday when the composer Philip Glass, 81, will perform there for the first time, playing his piano etudes with four other pianists as part of the Direct Current festival.

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1000 Hobbymusiker und der Bundespräsident

Mehr als 1000 Musikerinnen und Musiker treffen sich dieses Wochenende zu den Tagen der Chor- und Orchestermusik in Bad Homburg. Drei Tage lang stellen sie in Konzerten und Projekten die Vielfalt der Laienmusik in Deutschland vor. Zur Preisverleihung kommt Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis 2018 für Bracha Bdil

Die israelische Komponistin Bracha Bdil hat den ersten Preis beim neu ins Leben gerufenen Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erhalten. Der Preis wurde in Erinnerung an den Komponisten Wolf Durmashkin ins Leben gerufen, der 1944 Opfer der Nationalsozialisten wurde.

Nordrhein-Westfalen: Mehr Geld für kommunale Theater und Orchester

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen erhöht einem Bericht des WDR zufolge die finanzielle Unterstützung für kommunale Orchester und Theater. Bis zum Jahr 2022 sollen Theater und Orchester 30 Millionen Euro mehr erhalten als bisher.

Klassik Heute

Castalian String Quartet gewinnt neuen Streichquartett-Preis

Mit dem Castalian String Quartet gewinnt ein junges, in London angesiedeltes Quartett, das sich unter den fünf bestqualifizierten Quartetten behaupten konnte, den ersten Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize.

Le Monde

Egalité femmes/hommes dans la musique actuelle : « tout passe par la formation »

Elles s’appellent Camille, Juliette Armanet, Fishbach ou Angèle et la saison musicale 2018-2019 ne se fera pas sans elles. Cette nouvelle génération de chanteuses, âgées de 39 à 22, semble prouver que la relève de la musique actuelle se conjugue dorénavant au féminin.

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Seiji Ozawa hospitalisé pour un problème cardiaque

Le chef d’orchestre japonais Seiji Ozawa a été hospitalisé à Tokyo à la suite d’un problème cardiaque. Sa prise en charge médicale devrait durer un mois.

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@BBC6Music: “Women belong in studios! Doing lighting design! Being tour managers! There are so many different parts of the business where women aren’t represented.” — Este (@) from @ speaking to @ for her  report: http://bbc.in/2IaQAwS

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(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: New campaign SWAP’ra targets gender inequality in opera, Albert Einstein’s violin comes to auction in New York, PRS For Music and its European sister societies relaunch #MakeInternetFair petition,  John Williams donates his scores and sketchbooks to Julliard School in New York, the first German Choir center will be built in Berlin-Neukölln, and organist Iveta Apkalna becomes to receive the Annual Latvian Music Recording Award and more.

Classical Music

New campaign targets gender inequality in opera

Supporting Women and Parents in Opera (SWAP’ra) aims to effect positive change by redressing the gender disparity in the opera industry.

The Strad

Violin belonging to Einstein comes to auction in New York

Instrument gifted to scientist in 1933 is estimated to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.

Petition to save Indiana University’s violin making and restoration programme

Responding to the retirement of the current director with no apparent replacement, students and alumni are concerned the Jacobs School of Music intends to quietly shut down the Violin Shop.

M Magazine

PRS For Music calls for copyright overhaul with #MakeInternetFair petition

PRS for Music and its European sister societies have relaunched the #MakeInternetFair petition, calling for EU law makers to protect the rights of music creators’ – in what will be the first copyright overhaul in 17 years.

The Guardian

‘Diversity in classical music: quality and equality’

Committing to giving women composers the same chances as their male colleagues does not threaten excellence – it promotes it.

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In Rixdorf ist Musike – In Berlin-Neukölln entsteht das Deutsche Chorzentrum

Selten ist bei einer Pressekonferenz eine so hohe Dichte von Politikerinnen zu beobachten. Doch die der Erteilung der Baugenehmigung für das Deutsche Chorzentrum in Berlin war gewichtig […].

Polen steht bei Festival «jazzahead» im Fokus

Polen steht in diesem Jahr im Fokus des Musifestivals «jazzahead» in Bremen. Zahlreiche Konzerte geben vom 6. bis 22. April einen Einblick in die polnische Kulturszene.

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Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas gestorben

Der Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas ist tot. Er starb Angaben seiner Familie zufolge nach kurzer Krankheit in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Haas genoss internationale Anerkennung als Spezialist für mittelalterliche Musik sowie das Musikdenken dieser Zeit.

Thüringer Kompositionspreis für Alex Vaughan

Der australische Komponist Alex Vaughan hat den Thüringer Kompositionspreis erhalten.

Musik Heute

Organistin Apkalna Musikerin des Jahres in Lettland

Riga – Die Orgelvirtuosin Iveta Apkalna ist in ihrer Heimat Lettland zur Musikerin des Jahres 2017 gekürt worden.

Platea Magazine

John Williams lega todas sus partituras a la Julliard School de Nueva York

El compositor estadounidense John Williams, de gan fama y prestigio por sus trabajos en bandas sonoras de películas como Star wars, E.T, Tiburón, Indiana Jones o Harry Potter entre muchas otras, ha anunciado que donará todas sus partituras (bandas sonoras, conciertos, sinfónico… además de sus bocetos).

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Un musicien accuse United Airlines d’avoir endommagé sa viole de gambe

Le gambiste Andrew Arceci a retrouvé son instrument très abîmé après un vol en soute sur la compagnie aérienne United Airlines. Il a déposé une réclamation.

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 A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version) in http://bit.ly/2D9gldr 

SWAP’ra founding member Jessica Cottis

(Written on March 8, 2018 )

In today’s news, concert at St. John’s Smith Square to raise money for Syrian homeless, Andrea Bocelli wins Best Classical Award, Sound and Music to celebrate women throughout March, calls for gender party across the stages and screens by 2020, Leipzig to receive the European Heritage Label, mezzo-soprano Frank Peter Zimmermann becomes “Capell-Virtuos” in Dresden and more.

Classical Music

Andrea Bocelli wins Best Classical Award on Global Awards

Bocelli received the award for Best Classical Artist at the inaugural Global Awards in London.

Sound and Music to celebrate women throughout March

A month-long programme of activities has been launched to mark and celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

The Times

‘Mediocre men, watch out – gender equality in the arts can’t be resisted’

The message is coming loud and clear from all directions, and people are calling for gender parity across the stages and screens by 2020.

The Guardian

Raghad Haddad: ‘Music is a home in our heart, where we can be safe’

When the conflict in Syria forced viola player Haddad into exile, she brought her music to the UK and speaks to Richard Lea about a concert to raise money for her countrymen and women affected by war.

Yahoo News

Oscar-nominated composers embrace their rare moment on stage

One of five Academy Award nominees, Alexandre Desplat, whose scores the LA Phil performed Wednesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a show designed to give usually secluded composers a rare moment in the spotlight.

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Musikstadt Leipzig erhält Europäisches Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die “Musikerbe-Stätten Leipzigs” erhalten das Europäische Kulturerbe-Siegel (EKS).

Musik Heute

Joyce DiDonato erhält Dresdner Musikfestspiel-Preis

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele.

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Frank Peter Zimmermann wird «Capell-Virtuos» in Dresden

Dresden – Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann wird die neue Spielzeit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden maßgeblich mitprägen.

MDR: Kompositions-Projekt für Schüler erfolgreicher als erwartet

Halle – Das «Händel-Experiment», ein bundesweiter Kompositionswettbewerb für Schulen, war nach Angaben der Veranstalter erfolgreicher als erwartet. 

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Deutschland sorgt sich um Schweizer Kultur- und Medienlandschaft

Die bevorstehende Volksabstimmung zu den Rundfunkgebühren in der Schweiz, die sogenannte ‘No-Billag-Initiative’, könnte verheerende Auswirkungen auf die Medien- und Kulturlandschaft nicht nur in der Schweiz haben, sagt die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung.

El Mundo

Muere el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos

Jesús López Cobos, uno de los directores de orquesta más importantes de la historia de España, ha fallecido este viernes en Berlín a los 78 años, según ha confirmado el Teatro Real. 

NBCNews

Transgender opera singer to make U.S. history — in Oklahoma

Lucia Lucas will star in “Don Giovanni” at the Tulsa Opera, becoming the first known trans person to perform a principal role on the operatic stage in the U.S.

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Andrea Bocelli © Global Awards

(Written on March 2, 2018 )

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 )

In today’s news, a free online music app, Classical 100 increases its popularity in over 3,000 UK primary schools. Royal Albert Hall conducts study on gender association with various instruments, and Classical:Next announces the 2017 live performances at their conference. The Music Institute of Chicago appoints Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to their Academy programme for gifted pre-college students, and today John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday. Yasuhisa Toyota’s unique concert hall designs engage audiences on a higher level.

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Royal Albert Hall survey reveals instrument gender bias

A study conducted by the Royal Albert Hall has revealed that brass instruments are associated with men, and string instruments with women. Of the 2,000 adults who took the survey, only 2% linked the trumpet with women and 3% thought that women were likely to play the French horn and the tuba.

Two thousand schools in England signed up for Classical 100

Over 3,000 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100 – a free online music app for UK primary schools created by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca, and supported by the Department for Education.

The New Yorker

THE ARDOR OF JANE LITTLE, A WORLD-RECORD-SETTING ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN

Jane Little died like a warrior on the field of valor, clutching her bow so tightly that it had to be pried from her cold fingers. Her field was the stage of the Atlanta Symphony, in which she had played the bass from the age of sixteen until she keeled over in the middle of a performance, last year, at eighty-seven, having won a title that she had long coveted: the American musician with the longest tenure in any orchestra.

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Classical:NEXT’s new adventure

Classical:NEXT has announced that its 2017 conference will include a new mini-festival. Titled ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’, it will see six showcase artists from Classical:NEXT’s programme perform for a public audience, along with groups such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected artists are collectif9 (Canada), Jerez Le Cam Quartet (Argentina/France/Belgium), Park Jiha (South Korea), Sven Helbig (Germany), Trip Trip Trip (Columbia) and Zwerm (Belgium).

The Strad

Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras joins Music Institute of Chicago faculty

The Music Institute of Chicago has appointed Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to the faculty of its Community Music School and Academy programme for gifted pre-college students.

The Guardian

Study challenges view of arts subjects being pushed out of education

Arts subjects remain as popular as ever among pupils taking GCSEs in England, research has found, challenging the view that the government’s policies are forcing subjects such as drama and music out of classrooms in favour of subjects considered more academic.

Merkur

Klage gegen Konzertsaal-Wettbewerb

Kommentar: Kulturkrampf um Braunfels

Neue Musikzeitung

Dresden rechnet mit «sportlichem Finale» bei Umbau des Kulturpalastes

Dresden will den Umbau seines Kulturpalastes pünktlich abschließen, rechnet aber mit einem «sportlichen» Finale.

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Grand Prix of Nations in Berlin

Seit 1988 trägt Interkultur internationale Chorwettbewerbe aus. In der vergangenen Woche fand der Grand Prix of Nations erstmals in Berlin statt: Dreißig Chöre aus 15 Ländern präsentierten in der Philharmonie ihr Können und ihre jeweilige Gesangskultur.

The Washington Post

Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.

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Moscow’s Subway Organizes Competition For Musicians

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow.

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Music History  in 1908 FP of ‘s Symphony No. 2 in St. Petersburg. Composer conducting.

Classic FM  Happy 85th birthday to the great John Williams! Tune on now for an hour of his epic music!

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Image: Yasuhisa Toyota

 

(Written on February 8, 2017 )

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 )