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The Royal College of Music (RCM) is delighted to present an inspiring programme of events to mark International Women’s Day 2019, including a major celebration of contemporary female composers who are graduates of the RCM and a Keyboard Festival honouring Clara Schumann.

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is delighted to present an inspiring programme of events to mark International Women’s Day 2019, including a major celebration of contemporary female composers who are graduates of the RCM and a Keyboard Festival honouring Clara Schumann.

Remarkable female composers and musicans such as Imogen Holst, Ruth Gipps and Dame Joan Sutherland have played an integral part in the College’s rich history, and one of the RCM’s wonderful performance spaces is named after cellist Amaryllis Fleming.

For this year’s International Women’s Day, RCM honours contemporary composition from notable alumnae at the RCM New Perspectives concert on Friday 8 March. Helen Grime’s A Cold Spring and Charlotte Bray’s Reflections In Time, both large-scale orchestral works, are performed alongside a world premiere from current RCM composer Zoë Darbyshire. The concert will also feature Anna Meredith’s genre-defying ensemble work Flak.

The RCM celebration of female composers and musicians culminates with Clara’s Circle on Sunday March 10. This year’s Keyboard Festival celebrates the bicentenary of Clara Schumann through performances of her solo piano music and songs, with notable works from her repertoire as a concert pianist too. RCM pianists, organists, harpsichordists and collaborative pianists and their partners will come together to explore Clara’sr rich, brilliant and virtuosic music, as well as that of her Romantic contemporaries.

Born 200 years ago, Clara was a distinguished performer and composer whose career spanned over 60 years at a time where such a role in society was rare for a woman. Known as Europe’s ‘queen of the piano’ she was an important figure among the concert pianists of her time. The festival will also tell the stories of her friendships with Chopin, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Liszt, and her relationship with Robert Schumann.

RCM Sparks’ inspiring outreach programme for families, schools and young people,is part of the Keyboard Festival for the first time. Visitors can test their skills on the oversized floor piano and take part in various craft activities and family-friendly workshops throughout the day.

A Song Plus concert honouring the likes of Cécile Chaminade, Amy Beach and Clara Schumann will also take place on Friday 8 March and students from RCM’s master’s course Women In Music will perform at the Royal Academy of Arts event, In Tune with Feminist Time, on Saturday 9 March.

A celebration of Clara Schumann for International Women’s Day 2019

Friday 8 March – Sunday 10 March

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