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
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:
- To provide information for anyone interested in discovering more music written by women
- 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.
|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|
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|