Monday Link Round Up: August 10, 2015

Some stories and links to start your week: Test your knowledge with the monthly quiz sponsored by Into the Light Radio.  The first person to correctly name the composer and piece will win an orchestral sampler CD from WPA!  Find the quiz here. Evelyn Glennie, who is performing at the BBC Proms, was interviewed by The Guardian. Last week Alex Ross gave his review of The Wreckers – this week he considers the comparison of Smyth’s opera to Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.  Read more at his blog. Musical America featured Orin O’Brien, the first woman member of the New York Philharmonic.  She was…

Women at the 2015 Proms

  The 2015 Proms kicked off on Friday, July 17 with another full lineup of fabulous and engaging concerts ahead.  The role of women in music has been a hot topic in the London music scene this year, stemming largely from the popularity and publicity of BBC Radio 3’s women-only programming surrounding International Women’s Day.  (You can read Laura Seddon’s take on the efforts in her guest blog post here.)  As usual, the Proms programming includes a handful of contemporary women composers, and commissioned works. Two great pieces have already been heard: Anna Meredith’s Connect It, (a BBC Commission) was heard on July 18…