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Chineke!: one of this year's winners

Lucy Thraves


ABO announces third round of Sirens Fund grants

10:26, 17th April 2019

The grants have been awarded to orchestras performing music by historic women composers, including Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Dorothy Howell, Grace Williams, Vítězslava Kaprálová, and Lili Boulanger.

This year’s awards go to:

  • Chineke! Orchestra: Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Sussex Landscape Op 27
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Dorothy Howell, Lamia (1918)
  • English Symphony Orchestra: Vítězslava Kaprálová, Partita for Piano and Strings (1939)
  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Lili Boulanger, D’un soir triste (1917-18)
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Grace Williams, Penillion (1955)

The sponsor of the Sirens scheme Diana Ambache said: ‘100 years later, featuring these remarkable women and their music is still part of the process of moving forward, and I am delighted to see the enthusiasm with which UK orchestras have embraced the Sirens scheme.’

The Sirens fund is the result of a generous gift from Ambache to the ABO trust in 2016. Annual grants are allocated according to the range and value of each project. Every year up to £19,000 will be shared between 4 to 5 projects for concerts, tours, recordings and education work deemed to be doing most to advance and promote the understanding of music by women.

Orchestras are encouraged to use The Women of Note website as a resource, which lists orchestral music by historical women composers.

The awards panel for the current round comprised Diana Ambache, Helen Wallace (Kings Place), Edwina Wolstencroft (BBC Radio 3), Philip Cashian, (composer), and Fiona Harvey, (ABO).


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