|Rosabel Watson and her Aeolian Ladies Orchestra|
RVW worked for Sir Frank Benson's company at Stratford in 1913-14, writing music for a number of productions. Evidently Benson was quite uninterested in the idea of new music in his productions and once RVW stopped working with the company, they reverted to their usual incidental music. RVW wrote and arranged music using folk-music, hymn tunes and plainchant. Between 1916 and 1944, the composer Rosabel Watson (1865-1959) worked on and off as musical director of the RSC. She is a forgotten name now, but as well as being a composer and performer trained at the Guildhall School she was notable in the women's suffrage movement and founded the first all women orchestra in the UK, the Aeolian Ladies Orchestra.
Before the concert, Bruce O'Neill the current head of music at the Royal Shakespeare Company will be giving a talk about the company's project to bring its historic scores to light.
Full details from the Southbank Sinfonia website.