Open Letter to Classic FM

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

 

 

 

New Monthly Residency!

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!

https://divineartrecords.com

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The Daffodil Perspective 7th July 2019

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Buy
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

The Daffodil Perspective 19th May 2019

 

Tracklist

Time Composer Work Performer Album Label Buy
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

The Daffodil Perspective 12th May 2019

 

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Buy
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 6th May 2019

 

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

The Daffodil Perspective 21st April 2019

 

Tracklist

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
Vladimir Fedoseyev
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

Fun With Florence

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.