How to celebrate International Women's Day with classical music
Mark International Women's Day and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage by listening to some of the best female composers and artists
International Women’s Day on BBC Radio 3
Thursday 8 March, all day
Female composers past and present will be featured throughout International Women’s Day on Radio 3, with guests including conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and composer Judith Weir. The station has also teamed up with BBC Introducing to feature unsigned and unpublished female composers.
International Women’s Day at the Royal College of Music
Thursday 8 March, 6pm
Performances of works by female composers, including Clara Schumann, Lili and Nadia Boulanger and Judith Weir will be interspersed with readings of literature by Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf.
- 19 of today's top women conductors
- 9 of the best contemporary female composers
- A new BBC Radio 3 choral commission to mark the centenary of women's suffrage
In Tune with Feminist Future at The Royal Academy of Arts
Friday 9 March, 6.30pm
Musicians from the Royal College of Music come together to mark International Women’s Day with a programme inspired by female composers and artists. The concert will combine music, literature and art, including works by Royal Academicians.
International Women’s Day at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Friday 9 March, 8pm
The Oxford University Music Faculty are celebrating International Women’s Day with their artist in residence and cellist Natalie Clein, who will perform both contemporary and older works by female composers, including a new commission by Hannah Kendall.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.