Monday Link Round Up: August 20, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: August 20, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Philadelphia Orchestra is collaborating with American Composers Orchestra to offer a closed reading session for six up-and-coming women composers.  Though not open to the public, the ensemble will perform and critique each work with the composer and administration from other ensembles in an effort to have more widespread knowledge of the composers.  Learn more about this unique new venture at the Philadelphia Inquirer. As we approach the start of the new school year, the timely article at Musicology Now addresses issues of accessibility in the music history classroom.  Written by Kimberly Francis, Michael…

2014 BBC Proms

The 2014 BBC Proms kicked off on Friday, July 18, with another very full roster of concerts carrying through September 13.  This cultural treasure has been a staple of the British musical landscape since 1895, often featuring the works of UK composers, actively commissioning new music, and introducing a diverse audience to innovative programs and new composers and compositions. A look through the 2014 lineup reveals six works by women composers—which is six more than  most major American orchestras can manage to fit into an entire concert season! The first concert with a work by a woman was yesterday evening.  The World Orchestra…

2011 Proms Season

The BBC Proms, founded in 1895 by Henry Wood, have always been designed to invite and encourage the masses to engage with a wide variety of music.  Though the inclusion of women in the yearly Proms programming has not always been a priority for the organizers, there have been some fairly impressive developments in recent years.  In 2006 Jennifer Fowler reported in the IAWM Journal the current state of women and the Proms, which for that year included no works by women composers, or led by women conductors.  However, last year’s Proms included numerous examples of the contributions of women…

Works by Women at the Proms

The 2010 Proms season is well under way in London, with only two weeks left before the final concert.  For those of us who are unable to make the trip across the pond, the BBC is broadcasting all of the concerts on Radio 3, and is also making the broadcasts available online for seven days after the original airing. This year the works of seven women composers will be heard throughout the Proms season. Past concerts include: On August 14th the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presented the world premiere of Bach Allegro by Alissa Firsova (b. 1986), a BBC commission.  Full…