News and music to start your week!

Learn more about composer, conductor, and pianist Avril Coleridge-Taylor, pictured above, daughter of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.  Classical FM introduces readers to the composer, who is too often forgotten, and shares some of her music.

The New York Times profiles Pauline Viardot – composer and opera star who just celebrated her 200th birthday this past weekend.  Read on at the Times and listen in to their curated playlist on Spotify below:

Check out some historic photographs of composers – including Ethel Smyth, Nadia Boulanger, Sally Beamish, Amy Beach, and Alma Mahler at Classical FM.

AND, speaking of Ethel Smyth, her opera The Wreckers will be given a major staging at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2022.  Two new works by women will also be included.  It will be the first ever staging of the opera in its original language (the libretto is by Henry Brewster), French.Louise Farrenc-new-look

We are thrilled by the newly released CD recording of Louise Farrenc’s Symphonies nos. 1 and 3, with Laurence Equilbey conducting her period-instrument Insula Orchestra (of Paris).  This video introduces the recording — with the fresh glimpse of Farrenc herself.  The conductor discusses her work here.

Read at the Cobb County Courier about how the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Girls Who Conduct to offer a fellowship program for women conductors.  Learn more about the program and co-founder Chaowen Ting and the Girls Who Conduct program, which has 50 conductors from six countries.

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