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Elizabeth Maconchy

Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Scheme to promote women composers returns for second year

1:25, 28th June 2018

The Association of British Orchestras’ Sirens scheme has announced its second year of awards for projects that raise awareness of historic women composers in orchestral programming.

The successful applicants for funding in the 2019-20 season are Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and Aurora Orchestra.

Trinity Laban will present a concert in December including works by Elizabeth Maconchy’s The Land – based on a poem by Vita Sackville-West – and Grace Williams’ Symphony No 2. This will form the basis of a project exploring place, literature and gender.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert at Cadogan Hall featuring music by French composer Lili Boulanger, before touring this programme to UK regional venues.

This autumn, the Academy of Ancient Music will explore music by women from the 18th century, including Maria Grimani and Marianna Martinez.

In December, the Aurora Orchestra will perform Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No 3 in G minor at Kings Place as part of a concert marking the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act.


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