Wednesday 8 March 2023

National Centre for Early Music celebrates International Women’s Day, now & throughout the year!

Ensemble Moliere
Ensemble Moliere

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is celebrating International Women’s Day in style this year with a new composition Rossignolet by NCEM Composer Award winner Sarah Cattley, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and presented by the all-female instrumentalists Ensemble Moliere (Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble) at a lunchtime concert to be broadcast at 1.30pm on Wednesday 8 March.  At the concert the ensemble will be joined by soprano Ruby Hughes for a programme that also includes music by three 18th century French composers, Mademoiselle Laurent, Mademoiselle Duval and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

The concert will be available to listen to on catch up on BBC Sounds

Looking ahead, women composers are highlighted within this summer’s York Early Music Festival with a new work by Lithuanian composer and NCEM alumna Juta Pranulyte, commissioned jointly by NCEM, The Marian Consort and the Rose Consort; three miniature operas by the late 17th century French composer Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre telling the heartrending stories of three Biblical women and sung by three exception singers: Carolyn Sampson, Anna Dennis – winner of the RPS Vocal Award 2023 -  and Alys Mererid Roberts; and BBC New Generation Artist Helen Charlston presenting her award-winning Battle Cry! 

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