Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced its autumn season incorporating ‘Venus Blazing’ – a series committed to the music of women composers.

25 of the 37 works programmed (68%) are by women.

Highlights include:

  • Trinity Laban String Ensemble performing works by Errollyn Wallen, Grazyna Bacewicz and Elgar
  • An 80th birthday concert for Timoth Reynish, in which he conducts works by Thea Musgrave, Elizabeth Maconchy, Judith Bingham and Emily Howard
  • Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No 3 and Grace Williams’s Symphony No 2, performed by the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra
  • Vocal ensemble Rubythroat performing music by Kaija Saariaho and Sofia Gubaidulina
  • A new production of Thea Musgrave’s 1979 opera A Christmas Carol, presented by Trinity Laban Opera

Venus Blazing is spearheaded by Dr Sophie Fuller, programme leader of Trinity Laban’s Masters programmes, and Jonathan Tilbrook, head of Orchestral Studies.

Sophie Fuller said: ‘There are still those who continue to insist that there are no great works created by women and that women’s music isn’t performed because it simply isn’t good enough.

‘Our diverse programme for autumn, which spans countries, decades and genres, really proves otherwise. This is powerful, memorable music performed by our brilliant students. It is music that is here to be heard and celebrated and, we hope, will help change people’s idea of what a popular concert programme should look like in the future.’

Harriet Harman, chair of Trinity Laban, said: ‘The conservatoire is strongly committed to diversity in all elements and it has a mission to constantly challenge the status quo. Venus Blazing is a great example of just how it can do this. It will encourage and inspire its students – many of whom will go on to shape the future of the performing arts – to engage with the historic issue of gender imbalance in music by women, and ensure that it does not continue into the next generation.’