Every year since 1982 King’s College Choir Cambridge have commissioned a new carol to perform. I checked out the gender stats for the available years 1984 to 2016.
32 years, 32 new carols, 5 written by a woman.
5/32 works, that is 15.6% of new carols by women composers.
LPO are one of the resident orchestras at the Southbank Centre.
They are playing 32 concerts in the 2018/2019 season at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank.
2 out of 32 concerts feature 1 woman composer each.
2/32 concerts feature a woman composer, that is 6.25%. The proportion of playing time for women composers is smaller still.
The 1st concert is an evening of contemporary work – Helen Grimes is 1 woman amongst 5 composers. 1/5, that’s maybe 20% of the evening.
The 2nd concert is Alice Mary Smith’s Andante for Clarinet which is 7 minutes long. 7 minutes out of a 90 minute concert, that is 7.7% of the concert.
We’re looking at less than 1% of total performance time devoted to women composers.
This coming 2019 season NYO are playing 9 pieces. None of them are by a woman composer.
In 2018 NYO played 13 pieces, 0 by women.
In 2017 NYO played 9 pieces, 0 by women.
In 2016 9 pieces including 1 new commission by a woman composer.
So 4 years, 40 pieces, 1 woman composer.
This is the message we are sending young people of today?!
100 concerts this season, 1 of them features a woman composer and that is only part of the Venus Unwrapped season at Kings Place. So 1/100 featuring a woman composer. 99% of concerts are exclusively male.
English Symphony Orchestra tweeted that they support living composers. I checked out their gender stats to see if they support women composers.
13 concerts this season, 2 of which have 1 woman composer in them, 1 has Kapralova and 1 has Bacewic.
2/13 concerts with 1 woman composer, that is 15.3 % of concerts featuring a woman composer.
Also coincidentally the 2 concerts featuring a woman composer are in the Venus Unwrapped series at Kings Place.