Hi Classic FM.
I just saw your post on 10 quotes from female composers that prove the struggle is real. It’s incredibly disappointing that you write this but you really don’t practise what you preach. How many of these unbelievable composers have you actually played on your station ever? Listening to your station and going through your playlist I can never see any.
The struggle is real, you are correct. It would be a lot less bad if you, one of the biggest radio stations in the UK, would actually play some music by women composers on a regular basis. And not just relegated to an occasional series like Sounds and Sweet Airs. Female composers need to be played consistently if there is to be lasting change.
I’m appalled that these composers are not played on a daily basis on your station. I’m even more appalled that you keep writing about them, talking about how marginalised they are, yet by not playing them on a daily basis you are continuing to marginalise these composers. You are contributing to the centuries of institutionalised sexism that keep these amazing composers out of the history books.
I’d also like to add that you had a Best of British show a few weeks ago, an entirely all male lineup- failing to play Dame Ethel Smyth or Rebecca Clarke, (whose quotes both appear on the aforementioned article of 10 quotes by female composers), also failing to play the many other amazing and influential women composers from Britain.
I’m the producer of The Daffodil Perspective, an online classical radio show which is proud to be completely gender equal. I would be more than happy to consult with you on ways to incorporate the hundreds of women composers on your station. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding the centuries of women composers and how they all fit into the current biased version of classical music history. Just last week I showcased the music of the incredible and very important 20th century British composer Ruth Gipps, a student of Gordon Jacob and friend of Malcolm Arnold.
Again I must reiterate my utter horror that you talk about the struggle of women and do nothing to actually change this. It’s absolutely shameful and hypocritical. As such a large radio station with a huge listenership you have an amazing opportunity here. Integrating women composers on a regular basis would only lead to a more robust and diverse listener base and would lead to greater appreciation of music history.
I hope you’ll consider what I’ve said here and I look forward to your speedy response.
Elizabeth de Brito
The Daffodil Perspective Producer
Excited to announce that The Daffodil Perspective is collaborating with Divine Art Recordings to bring you another monthly residency.
Every month on the album of the week section I’ll be featuring one of Divine Art Recordings fantastic albums of women composers.
It’ll be mostly contemporary music with a few historical composers as well. Including Nicola LeFanu, Galina Ustvolskaya, Helen Hobersham, Sadie Harrison and many more!
Fun starts 4th August!
|0||Ulysses Kay||Overture to Theater Set||Chicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman||African Heritage Symphonic Series Vol 2||Cedille||Presto|
|5.35||Elfrida Andree||Organ Symphony No.2 4th Mvt||Massingsensemble, Ralph Gustafsson, Ragnar Bohlin||Elfrida Andree Organ Works||Swedish Society||Presto|
|10.57||Norman||Symphony No. 1 3rd Mvt||National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, Mika Eichenholz||Ludvig Norman: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3||Sterling||Presto|
|18.1||Elfrida Andree||Symphony No. 2 3rd Mvt||Stockholm Symphony Orchestra, Gustaf Sjökvist||Elfrida Andrée: Fritiof Suite & Symphony in A minor||Sterling||Presto|
|24.16||Stenhammar||String Quartet No. 3 2nd Mvt||Gotland Quartet||Stenhammar: String Quartets||Caprice||Presto|
|29.5||Alfven||Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Midsommervaka||Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal, Charles Dutoit||Rhapsodies||Decca||Presto|
|42.37||Elfrida Andree||Fritiof’s Suite: Prelude||Stockholm Symphony Orchestra, Gustaf Sjökvist||Elfrida Andrée: Fritiof Suite & Symphony in A minor||Sterling||Presto|
|53.03||Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz||The Best of Both Worlds||Suzanne Newcombe, Steven Wedell||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1.05.22||Chen Yi||Spring Festival||Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Rutgers Symphonic Band, William Berz||Distinguished Music for the Developing Band, Vol. 10||Mark Records||Presto|
|1.08.30||Toshio Mashima||Naval Bleu||Showa Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon||Dancing Winds||Cafua Records||Presto|
|1.13.07||Catharina von Rennes||Vocal Quartets Op. 24 No. 5||Dufy String Quartet, Frans van Ruth, Christa Pfeiler, Irene Maessen||Six Dutch Female Composers||NM||Presto|
|1.15.39||Elisabeth Kuyper||6 Lieder, Op. 17 No. 5||Dufy String Quartet, Frans van Ruth, Christa Pfeiler, Irene Maessen||Six Dutch Female Composers||NM||Presto|
|1.18.52||Erika Fox||Malinconia Militaire 4th Mvt (Poem)||Goldfield Ensemble, Richard Uttley, Richard Baker||Paths||NMC Recordings||Presto|
|1.22.49||Lamothe||La Dangereuse||William Chapman Nyaho||Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent Volume 2||MSR Classics||Presto|
|0||Williams||Theme from Sabrina||John Williams||Sabrina: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||A&M Records||Amazon|
|5.22||Rachel Portman||Theme from Emma||Royal Scottish National Orchestra||Hollywood 96||Varese Sarabande||Amazon|
|8.46||Rachel Portman||Chocolat Main Titles||Rachel Portman||Chocolat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Sony Classical||Amazon|
|12.29||Rachel Portman||Belle Main Titles, This is Portrait Revealed||City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra||Belle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Varese Sarabande||Amazon|
|16.49||Verdina Shlonsky||Pages From The Diary||Fidan Aghayeva Edler||Verbotene Klänge: Sechs Suiten||Kreuzberg Records||Amazon|
|29.57||Hailstork||Symphony 3 1st Mvt||Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington||Hailstork Symphonies 2 & 3||Naxos||Presto|
|43.05||Edie Hill||From The Wingbone of a Swan II Source||The Crossing, Donald Nally||Clay Jug||PARMA Recordings||Presto|
|49.41||Mendelssohn||Piano Trio in D Minor 1st Mvt||Gian Luca Petrucci (flute), János Devich (cello), Jenő Jandó (piano)||Farrenc & Mendelssohn: Flute Trios||Tudor||Presto|
|1.00.08||Louise Farrenc||Piano Trio in E Minor 1st Mvt||Gian Luca Petrucci (flute), János Devich (cello), Jenő Jandó (piano)||Farrenc & Mendelssohn: Flute Trios||Tudor||Presto|
|1.10.58||Alakotila||Concerto Grosse Oeverture||Paul Taylor OrCHestra||Alphorn & Nordic Winds||Solo Musica||Presto|
|1.19.58||Sanna Kurki Suoni||Tass On Neinen||Paul Taylor OrCHestra||Alphorn & Nordic Winds||Solo Musica||Presto|
|1.27.16||Jarre||Dr Zhivago Lara’s Theme||Cinema Stage Orchestra||Doctor Zhivago||RKO Music||Amazon|
|0||Sullivan||Yeomen of the Guard||Pro Arts Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent||Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard||Warner Classics||Presto|
|7.42||Amy Beach||Gaelic Symphony 1st Mvt||Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schmerhorn||Amy Beach: American Classics||Naxos||Presto|
|19.09||Chadwick||Symphonic Sketches 3rd Mvt Hobgoblin||Czech State Philharmonic, Jose Serebrier||Chadwick: Aphrodite etc||Reference Recordings||Presto|
|25.3||Macdowell||Woodland Sketches 1 and 3||Dario Mueller||Edward Macdowell: Piano Works||Dynamic||Presto|
|30.24||Amy Beach||Tyrolean Valse Fantasie||Kirsten Johnson||Amy Beach Piano Music Vol 4||Guild||Presto|
|40.17||Foote||Piano Trio in C Minor 2 nd Mvt||Arden Trio||Arthur Foote: Piano Trios Nos 1 and 2||Naxos||Presto|
|46.2||Amy Beach||Piano Trio in A Minor 2nd Mvt||Monte Piano Trio||Triptych||Genuin||Presto|
|53.15||Michiru Oshima||Memories||Hilary Hahn||In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores||DG||Presto|
|57.15||Copland||Fanfare for the Common Man||Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue||Copland 100||Reference Recordings||Presto|
|1.00.58||Joan Tower||Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1||Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin||RCA Red Seal Century Soloists and Conductors||RCA||Presto|
|1.04.26||Jeanine Rueff||Diptyque||Ana Oltean, Simon Bucher||Ladies First!||ARS Produktion||Presto|
|1.13.27||Caroline Charriere||Petite Suite 1. Contrastes||Ana Oltean, Simon Bucher||Ladies First!||ARS Produktion||Presto|
|1.17.55||Shanna Metallidi||Flute Concertino||Ana Oltean, Simon Bucher||Ladies First!||ARS Produktion||Presto|
|1.29.16||Kabalevsky||Galop from the Comedians||BBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky||Kabalevsky Piano Concertos Volume 1||Chandos||Presto|
The Daffodil Perspective is 6 months old. 6 months of celebrating women composers and championing gender equality. Join me for a special episode with tons of awesome music.
|Airtime||Composer||Work||Performer||Album||Label||Link to Buy|
|0||Walters||Primavera Overture||Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Andrew Penny||Welsh Classical Favourites||Marco Polo||Presto|
|8.14||Andrea Tarrodi||Lume||Allmanna Sangen, Maria Goundorina||Femina Moderna||BIS||Presto|
|15.52||Andrea Tarrodi||Camelopardalis||Vasteras Sinfonietta||Tarrodi: Orchestral Works||dB Productions||Presto|
|25.21||Andrea Tarrodi||String Quartet No. 2 (Madardal)||Dahlkvist Quartet||Tarrodi: String Quartets||dB Productions||Presto|
|32.19||Magle||Rising of a New Day||Radio Underholdnings Orkestar||Lys På Din Vej||EMI Classics||Amazon|
|39.43||Morfydd Owen||4 Welsh Impressions||Kesia Decote (piano)||N/A||Independent (Illuminate Women’s Music)|
|48.29||Hovhaness||And God Created Great Whales||Seattle Symphony Orchestra||Alan Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain||Delos||Presto|
|1.01.42||Keyna Wilkins||Floating in Space||Keyna Wilkins||Orbits and Riffs||Independent||Bandcamp|
|1.07.48||Muhly||Balance Problems||yMusic||Balance Problems||Independent||Bandcamp|
|1.16.08||Alica Needham||Daughters of England||Suffrage Sinfonia, Kantos Chamber Choir, Alice Farnham||Lost Women of Music||ABC Classics||Presto|
|1.19.35||Susan Spain Dunk||Phantasy Quartet||Suffrage Sinfonia, Alice Farnham||Lost Women of Music||ABC Classics||Presto|
|1.23.18||Ethel Smyth||March of the Women||Suffrage Sinfonia, Kantos Chamber Choir, Alice Farnham||Lost Women of Music||ABC Classics||Presto|
|1.27.39||Tristano||Circle Song||Francesco Tristano||Piano Circle Songs||Sony||Presto|
|Airtime||Composer and Work||Performer(s)||Album||Label||Link To Buy|
|0||Alexis Ffrench – Bluebird||Alexis Ffrench (piano)||Reborn||Sony||Presto|
|4.5||Galina Ustvolskaya Trio for clarinet, violin and piano 3rd Mvt||Harmen de Boer, Vera Beths, Reinbert de Leeuw||Ustvolskaya: Trio For Violin, Clarinet And Piano||hat[now]ART||Presto|
|11.06||Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 5||Artemis Quartet||Shostakovich: String Quartet Nos. 5, 7 & Piano Quintet||Erato||Presto|
|23.02||Sviridov – Snowstorm Troika and Waltz||The USSR TV and Radio Large Symphony Orchestra
|Gyorgy Sviridov: The Snowstorm, Pushkin’s Garland & Three Choruses||Alto||Presto|
|30.32||Galina Ustvolskaya – Composition No. 1 Dona Nobis Pacem||Schonberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw||Ustvolskaya: Compositions 1-3||Philips||Presto|
|38.21||Tischenko – Symphony No. 6 Echo||Valentina Yuzvenko (soprano), Elena Rubin (contralto) Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, Gennady Rozhdestvensky||Tishchenko: Symphony No. 6||Northern Flowers||Presto|
|44.28||Galina Ustvolskaya – Piano Sonata No. 6||Natalia Andreeva (piano)||Russian Piano Music Series Volume 11 – Galina Ustvolskaya||Divine Art Recordings||Presto|
|53.4||Florence Price – Dances In The Canebrakes Tropical Noon||William Chapman Nyaho (piano)]||Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (Volume 2)||MSR Classics||Presto|
|58.32||Roux – Preludes in African Rhythm Township Guitar||William Chapman Nyaho (piano)]||Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (Volume 2)||MSR Classics||Presto|
|1.04.19||Ylva Skog – Blood Moon from Moon Pieces||Ann Sofi Klingberg (piano)||Tarrodi & Skog: Piano Pieces||dB Productions||Presto|
|1.11.30||Rachel Leach – Out Of Town||Amy Van Walsum (soprano)||Out Of Town||Independent||Amyvanwalsum.com|
|1.15.47||Thea Musgrave – Suite o’ Bairnsongs||Amy Van Walsum (soprano)||Out Of Town||Independent||Amyvanwalsum.com|
|1.18.20||Elaine Hugh-Jones – Old Woman At The Flower Show (The Comford Cycle)||Amy Van Walsum (soprano)||Out Of Town||Independent||Amyvanwalsum.com|
|1.20.28||Takemitsu – Rain Tree Sketch I and II||Kotaro Fukuma (piano)||Takemitsu: Piano Music||Naxos||Presto|
One year ago today I heard the music of Florence Price for the first time and my world changed forever.
In my eyes Florence Price is simply the greatest composer of all time. It’s not just her music, which is the most beautiful I’ve ever heard, Florence Price fought against every possible prejudice and tackled every injustice. Her perseverance and stamina is astounding in addition to the wide range of mediums for which she wrote. Not only this but both she and I are mixed race women and I can’t help feel a connection. Florence Price is an inspiration, she will always be my role model and guiding light.
To celebrate this important anniversary I’m introducing a new monthly segment on my show called Fun With Florence. On the 4th week of every month, starting this Tuesday, I’ll be playing one of her incredible pieces and talking about this phenomenal person. I’ll be exploring her life, work, accomplishments and the myriad of reasons why she inspires me and many other people around the world.
On Tuesday I’m starting with a very special recording from pianist and fellow Price champion Samantha Ege.
In the meantime the first piece of Florence Price I heard was her Symphony in. E Minor.