Royal College Of Music To Celebrate International Women’s Day

The Royal College of Music will celebrate its inaugural Women in Music at the RCM event on Tuesday 8 March 2016. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the RCM’s diverse programme of events will celebrate the finest female exponents from the world of classical music.

Exceptional female musicians are firmly rooted in the RCM’s history and today, women comprise over 50% of the RCM’s student body.

During Women in Music at the RCM , BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the day’s lunchtime concert live from the Royal College of Music, featuring the Albany Trio, former RCM Junior Fellows. The acclaimed Piano Trio will perform works by Rebecca Clarke and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir, alongside the world premiere of Judith Bingham’s The Orchid and its Hunters. Bingham’s work was commissioned for the Albany Trio, with support from the Fidelio Trust. The concert is part of a day of programming on BBC Radio 3 reflecting International Women’s Day by celebrating women in music and exploring the work of female composers, along the theme of Inspiring Women.

Internationally renowned pianist Imogen Cooper will  mentor RCM pianists in a public masterclass.  Amy Green and Charlotte Harding will  present their latest collaboration, ‘Over 100 years of Women and the Saxophone.’

Throughout the day an interactive exhibition in the RCM foyer will shine a spotlight on RCM Women in Music from the last 100 years.

Women in Music at the RCM was conceived by Diana Roberts, Creative Careers Centre Manager, and Lynnette Easterbrook, Student Services Manager, who said: “Women have always made music: as performers, composers, arrangers, instrument-makers and more, and women have been making music at the Royal College of Music since its foundation. We are delighted to celebrate the diverse range of female talent and creativity at the RCM.”


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