The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced an inspiring programme of events to mark International Women’s Day 2019.

Remarkable female composers and musicians such as Imogen Holst, Ruth Gipps and Dame Joan Sutherland have played an integral part in the college’s rich history, and one of the RCM’s performance spaces is named after cellist Amaryllis Fleming.

For this year’s International Women’s Day, RCM honours contemporary composition from notable alumnae at the RCM New Perspectives concert on Friday 8 March. This will include Helen Grime’s A Cold Spring and Charlotte Bray’s Reflections in Time, alongside a world premiere from current RCM composer Zoë Darbyshire as well as Anna Meredith’s genre-defying ensemble work Flak.

The celebration of female composers and musicians culminates with RCM’s Keyboard Festival on Sunday 10 March, entitled Clara’s Circle and celebrating the bicentenary of Clara Schumann through performances of her solo piano music and songs.

A Song Plus concert honouring the likes of Cécile Chaminade, Amy Beach and Clara Schumann will also take place on Friday 8 March and students from RCM’s masters course Women In Music will perform at the Royal Academy of the Arts event, In Tune With Feminist Time, on Saturday 9 March.

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