Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

One of the most important events in music of 2018 was the BBC’s International Women’s Day broadcasts and live concerts.  Performances and recordings were aired based on special research aimed at bringing to light unknown music composed by women.  The highlight of the day was this concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  We wanted to make sure this event is recalled and acknowledged so we have asked the noted musicologist Dr. Deborah Hayes to review the concert. Dr. Deborah Hayes is a pioneering scholar in the work to recover neglected women composers.   She is professor emerita at the College of…

Monday Link Round up: October 1, 2018

News to start your week?  But this last week was not just any week. For those in the US, the past week was something unique and critical.  On Thursday we listened to a woman’s account of a violent sexual attack that she experienced. And we heard men — angry, hostile men — say we should not be listening to her.  Given these tumultuous events, one might wonder, can we really be thinking about music now?  But I cannot help but interpreting the proceedings as having a metaphorical meaning for the status of music history and the classical canon.  After all,…

Women-Only Conducting Workshops with Alice Farnham

It is hard to not be encouraged and inspired by the recent attention and action around the lack of opportunities for women conductors.  The momentum continues with the announcement that Alice Farnham will expand the workshop series she began in 2014 to provide even more meaningful and enriching opportunities for young women. After an interview with BBC Radio 4 in which Farnham was asked to respond to the “woman conductor” question, she took the issue of opportunity into her own hands.  Following Marin Alsop making history as the first woman to conduct the final night of the Proms, and ridiculous…

Jane Glover to Conduct at the Met

The Metropolitan Opera is making preparations for the 2013-2014 season—which include Jane Glover conducting a production of The Magic Flute in December 2013. Glover is not only an internationally recognized and well-respected conductor and educator, leading the opera division of the Royal Academy of Music, she is also the author of the acclaimed book Mozart’s Women published in 2007. Jane Glover has led the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Australia, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice—to name a few. She will be only the third woman…