What will it take for it to be the norm to hear music by women in concerts? Sarah Cahill, Errollyn Wallen and Arlene Sierra share their thoughts in a panel discussion chaired by Helen Wallace.
Why do the majority of standard concerts still feature music solely composed by men? Should the focus be on commissioning new music by women, or bringing previous compositions into standard repertoire? Following today’s mighty, day-long celebration in our Conservatory, pianist Sarah Cahill's shown that there’s a bountiful supply of extraordinary music by women.
Following the world premieres of their piano works earlier in the day, Arlene Sierra and Errollyn Wallen (composer of 2021 Barbican-commissioned opera Dido’s Ghost), reflect with Cahill on The Future is Female, reframing the past and advocating for the voices of women through the centuries. Leading the discussion is champion of women’s music Helen Wallace, Artistic Director of King’s Place and curator of their Venus Unwrapped series.
A limited number of walk-up tickets may be available on the day, depending on capacity.
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