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The Future is Female

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill standing in a garden in front of a bridge

Stroll through our serene Conservatory to the sounds of powerful women from across the centuries, as pianist Sarah Cahill debunks history to show that the past, present and future is female.

There’s not enough time in the world to make up for the lack of opportunities, credit and appreciation afforded women composers throughout history, but we can change that going forwards. Come and go as you please over the course of an afternoon, as we fill our tranquil Conservatory with the piano works of women reclaiming their rightful place in history, as well as highlighting the voices of today with world premieres by Arlene Sierra and Errollyn Wallen.

A ‘sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde’ (The New York Times), Cahill hands the baton to the next generation as she duets with piano students from Guildhall School. The afternoon culminates in a panel talk with artists and curators celebrating, reflecting and discussing the themes of the day. This is the future – we invite you to be a part of it.

This performance will finish at approximately 8pm

The Conservatory entry is located on Level 3. Entry on the day will be via the Conservatory Terrace on Level 4

A bar will be located on this level

Produced by the Barbican


Digital Programme

‘There’s something invitingly contemporary about it, a vital complement to preservation for the vitality of classical piano music‘
Indy Week
‘The Future is Female was truly a treat: a trip through time and place through a wonderful variety of classical styles‘
Chatham Lifestyle


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