200 years ago in 2019, Clara Schumann was born in Germany. 150 years later, the first female students joined Chetham’s. Yet in 2018, only one female composer featured in Classic FM’s 300-strong ‘Hall of Fame’.
The Stoller Hall marks these auspicious anniversaries with a series of events, running from November 2018 – when women were first able to vote in the United Kingdom – until International Women’s Day in March 2019. Performances, commissions and conversation bring women’s musical voices to the fore as we celebrate the vital role of women in music.
Events already announced begin with the world première of Carpe Vitam, a new film marking 100 years of votes for women. Created by Romana Bellinger and Mike Eden, with music by Laura Rossi performed by Chetham’s Chamber Choir, it forms part of an evening of music also including The Pankhurst Anthem, commissioned by the BBC from composer Lucy Pankhurst and writer Helen Pankhurst based on words written by their great-grandmother Emmeline.
The series continues with a unique collaboration between singer songwriters Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham, joined on the northern leg of their UK tour by Chetham’s Studio Strings. Sally Beamish’s Piobaireachd opens the programme for the Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane, clarinet, in January; and there’s much more still to be announced as we enter March, including music by Clara Schumann, Nicola LeFanu and emerging female composers, as well as concerts by the Albany Piano Trio and fellow women artists.
‘I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose – there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?’ – Clara Schumann
The Stoller Hall is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and Ambache Charitable Trust