Monday Link Round Up: August 29, 2016

News to start your week! ICYMI we are celebrating the 130th birthday of Rebecca Carke!  Read more about Clarke’s life, music, and legacy here – or at The Rebecca Clarke Society! The reviews are in from the City of Birmingham’s performance at the BBC Proms, and The Guardian called the performance, led by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, “spellbinding” and “bewitching”. Read the review here – and listen to the performance online here. Composer Sally Beamish has a fabulous piece in The Guardian describing her early years as a musician and composer – and the inspiration for a new work being premiered today at the Proms.  Read the full…

Works by Women at the 2016 BBC Proms

The most anticipated and celebrated summer festival each year — as well as one of the oldest, and longest, running from July to September.  The Proms always presents an interesting range of ensembles, conductors, soloists, and styles.  The 2016 season kicks off on Friday, July 15, demonstrating that this season is going to be much as last years.  Meaning:  what the Proms continues to be missing, like most music line-ups around the world, is equal representation (or something close to it).  Compared to last year the 2016 lineup is a bit – well – lacking.  Which isn’t to say that…

Monday Link Round Up: September 28, 2015

Some news to start your week! NPR spoke with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Julia Wolfe discussing the winning work, Anthracite Fields, upon the release of the recording.  The conversation covers Wolfe’s inspiration and compositional process  Read more here or listen below:   Fiona Maddocks reviewed a new recording of works by Sally Beamish.   Featured works are The Singing (also the name of the album), Beamish’s concerto for accordion and orchestra, and her Trumpet Concerto.  Read the full review at The Guardian.   And the Library of Congress arts blog, In the Muse, has a feature on the life and work of Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel.…

Women Composers on WNPR

Tuesday’s broadcast of The Colin McEnroe Show, which broadcasts out of WNPR in Connecticut, featured a conversation with contemporary women composers.  The show, inspired by the upcoming documentary, “Written by Mrs. Bach”, was (woefully) titled “The Plight of the Composeress” and included conversations with Sally Beamish, Paula Matthusen, and Jenny Giering.  The show also features Heidi Harralson who is an expert in document forensics and contributed to the film, and Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. They discuss not only the plausibility of Anna Magdalena in composing the Cello Suites, but also the historical and systemic problems…