Thursday 4 March 2021

Forgotten Voices: SWAP’ra joins forces with Hera and UK conservatoires to showcase music by women composers for International Women's Day

Forgotten Voices

For International Women's Day (8 March 2021), SWAP’ra (Supporting Women and Parents in Opera) will be celebrating with an on-line festival showcasing female composers with Forgotten Voices: Rediscovering female composers of the past with the voices of the future. SWAP’ra is working with the opera company Hera to curate a programme shedding light on the rich variety of music which has so far been underperformed.

Running from 6 to 13 March 2021, the festival will provide a platform for singers and pianists from the UK's conservatoires to perform music by female composers, some of which has never been recorded before.

The Royal Welsh Conservatoire of Music and Dance (the only UK conservatoire to have students on campus) will kick things off at 4pm on 6 March 2021 with a concert with music by Maud Cuney-Hare (1874-1926), Elaine Hughes-Jones (born 1927), Laura Netzel (1838-1927), and Avril Coleridge-Taylor (1903-1998), along with unpublished songs by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) and newly published works by Margaret Bonds (1913-1927).

Then throughout the following week, SWAP'ra and its partners (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban and singers from the National Opera Studio)
will release individual performances by 50 singers and pianists from all over the UK, featuring over 80 songs and arias by female composers from the mid 19th century to the present day. All performances will be free to access and will remain available until 5 April 2021.

Further information from the SWAP'ra website.

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