Thursday, 1 October 2020

New project to celebrate diverse ethnic classical composers across the centuries

The five academics involved in BBC Radio 3 & AHRC's 2018 Forgotten Female Composers Project - The Academics, from left to right: Dr Graham Griffiths, Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson, Dr Shirley Thompson, Dr Carola Darwin, and Professor Jeremy Llewellyn (photo courtesy of BBC Radio 3)
The academics involved in BBC Radio 3 & AHRC's 2018
Forgotten Female Composers Project
Dr Graham Griffiths, Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson, Dr Shirley Thompson,
Dr Carola Darwin, Professor Jeremy Llewellyn
(photo BBC Radio 3)

BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Forgotten Female Composers project in 2018 involved five academics researching into five women composers whose work has fallen by the wayside, culminating in a concert of music by Leokadiya Kashperova (1872 – 1940), Marianna Martines (1744 – 1813), Florence B Price (1887 – 1953), Augusta Holmès (1847 – 1903), and Johanna Müller-Hermann (1868 – 1941). The project involved not just the bringing forward of music by these five, almost forgotten figures (I have to confess to only having been familiar with two of them), but to creating the musical materials to enable performance.

Now the two organisations are returning to the same format to explore another forgotten area of classical music, this time looking for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse classical music composers. They are asking for expressions of interest from arts and humanities researchers into a single historical (deceased) composer from any part of the world, who has written orchestral, chamber and/or choral music.

The intention is for researchers to be able to share stories with a wider audience via BBC programming, and all will culminate in a showcase concert of the selected composers' music in Autumn/Winter 2021. Full details from the AHRC website.

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