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.