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

 

 

 

2019 releases of women composers

Looking for new releases of women composers?

Check out this spreadsheet listing every 2019 recording featuring exclusively women composers. All with links to listen and buy!

There are so many amazing recordings out this year of contemporary women composers and historical women composers. (Although still a shamefully tiny fraction of the number recorded of male composers)

The purpose is:

  1. To provide information for anyone interested in discovering more music written by women
  2. To provide inspiration for anyone working in classical music to program a more diverse repertoire.

 

Spotted one that’s missing? Drop me a message on the Contact page and I’ll add it.

The Daffodil Perspective 14th July 2019

 

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Buy
0 Fela Sowande African Suite 1. Joyful Day Chicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman African Heritage Symphonic Series Vol 1 Cedille Records Presto
4.25 Keiko Abe Dream of the Cherry Blossoms Katarzyna Mycka (marimba) Marimba Spiritual Audite Presto
10.25 Yuyama Divertimento for Marimba and Alto Saxophone Daniella Ganeva (marimba) Simon Harum Time for Marimba Signum Presto
14.15 Sueyoshi Mirage Cornelia Monske Percussion Concertante Audite Presto
22.07 Keiko Abe Wind Sketch for Solo marimba Bogdan Bacanu Marimba D’Amore: Works by Keiko Abe Classic Concert Records Presto
28.57 Miki Marimba Spiritual Keiko Abe, Kroumata Percussion Ensemble Japanese Percussion BIS Presto
36.4 Keiko Abe Marimba D’Amore Bogdan Bacanu Marimba D’Amore: Works by Keiko Abe Classic Concert Records Presto
49 Francesca Lebrun Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 1, No. 3 1. Allegro Dana Maiben (violin )& Monica Jakuc (fortepiano) Sonatas (6) for fortepiano and violin, Op. 1 Presto
55.32 Danzi Concertante for flute, clarinet & orchestra Op. 41 ames Galway (flute), Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Jörg Faerber, J Franz Danzi: Concertos, Op. 31 & Op. 41 RCA Presto
1.02.24 Ronnie Reshef Ambiguous Kafka instrumental Suite Old Stories New Ensemble, Baritone: Seth Gilman, Violin: Brendan Speltz, Clarinet: Ben Ringer, Tuba: Matt Muszinski N/A N/A N/A
1.08.38 Clara Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor Isata Kanneh Mason, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Romance: The Piano Music of Clara Schumann Decca Presto
1.16.20 Marilena Zlatanou 5 Sketches Ensemble Chaminade The Other Half Of Music Dynamic Presto
1.24.27 Adriana Figuorea Mañas Tangominioatures 1. Nostalgias Ensemble Chaminade The Other Half Of Music Dynamic Presto
1.29.37 Chopin Prelude No. 7 in A Murray Perahia Murray Perahia plays Chopin Sony Presto

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 30th June 2019

 

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Buy
0 Mendelssohn Fingal’s Cave (Hebrides Overture) Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnanyi Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 Decca Presto
11.01 Elisabetta Gambarini Sonata No. 1: 1st Mvt Anthony Noble Complete Works for Harpsichord Herald Presto
14.21 Handel See The Conqu’ring Hero Comes from Judas Maccabeus Handel Opera Society Orchestra, Handel Opera Society Chorus, Charles Farncombe World of Handel Decca Presto
18.37 Elisabetta Gambarini Lessons for Harpsichord Op 2: III Anthony Noble Complete Works for Harpsichord Herald Presto
22.15 Arne Rule, Brittania! London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Sir Anrdew Davis Last Night of the Proms Warner Classics Presto
27.13 Boyce Symphony 1: 1st Mvt The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood Boyce: Symphonies 1-8 Decca Presto
30.15 Elisabetta Gambarini Variations on the Foregoing Song: Gige Anthony Noble Complete Works for Harpsichord Herald Presto
33.46 Eleanor Alberga String Quartet 1: 3rd Mvt Ensemble Arcadiana Eleanor Alberga: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 Navona Records Presto
42.27 Florence Price Don’t You Tell Me No Christine Jobson (soprano) Gregory Thompson (piano) Nearly Lost: Art Songs of Florence Price Independent CDBaby
46.51 Teresa Procaccini Tre Pezzi per fagotto e pianoforte, Op. 30: I. Presto – II. Andante – III. Allegro Domenico Losavio & Teresa Procaccini Musica da Camera 1 Edi-Pan-Srl CDBaby
55.01 Tansman Sonatine for Bassoon and Piano Per Hannisdal (bassoon), Vebjørn Anvik (piano) The Lyrical Bassoon 2L CDBaby
1.03.13 Violet Archer Piano Concerto 1: II Christina Petrowska Quilico Archer, Louie and Kuzmenko: 3 Concerti Centrediscs Presto
1.11.07 Larysa Kuzmenko Piano Concerto 1: III Christina Petrowska Quilico Archer, Louie and Kuzmenko: 3 Concerti Centrediscs Presto
1.17.20 Jospehine Lang An den See Heike Hallaschka (soprano), Heidi Kommerell (piano) Josephine Lang – Lieder Audite Presto
1.23.05 Thomas Jefferson Anderson Squares: An Essay for Orchestra Baltimor Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman Black Composer Series, Vol. 8: Olly Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson Anderson, Jr. & Talib Rasul Hakim Sony Presto