The Tailleferre Ensemble will play a concert of wind music by women to mark International Women’s Day, and explore the variety of music composed by women since the Suffragette movement through to today.
The programme will consist of two halves, one of music from the last 100 years, and the second of contemporary music. The first half will include works by Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price and Amy Beach. Ethel Smyth is renowned for being imprisoned for her membership of the suffragette movement and conducting a suffragette choir in Holloway Prison with her toothbrush. She also composed ‘The March of the Women’, commonly known as the suffragette anthem. Rebecca Clarke broke down many barriers to women writing music, and is often regarded as the most distinguished British female composer of the inter-war generation. Amy Beach wrote the first orchestral symphony to be composed and published by an American woman, and Florence Price fought for black women’s suffrage.
In the second half we will pair these works with contemporary pieces, to highlight the effect that these pioneering women had on artistic life and culture today – thanks to their efforts, female composers are treated as being on a much more equal footing with their male counterparts, although there is some way to go. Contemporary composers we are including are Cecilia McDowall, Rhian Samuel and Diana Burrell.
The Tailleferre Ensemble is a new chamber collective founded by Nicola Hands and Penelope Smith, dedicated to promoting women in music. The group is a flexible chamber ensemble made up of female musicians, who offer recitals of differing style and instrumentation, but who wish to shine a light on lesser-known composers and underline the importance of women in music. Since starting up in May 2019, they have performed in various venues, in and around London, to positive acclaim. On 9th March they will come together as a wind quintet, to perform works both composed and arranged for this instrumentation.
Please do join us in our artistic celebration of this important day.
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Doors open at: 7:00 pm
This event is in the Main Hall on the ground floor. For accessibility info: https://conwayhall.org.uk/about/visiting-us/