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BBC Radio 3 To Honour Female Composers For International Women's Day
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BBC Radio 3 To Honour Female Composers For International Women's Day

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Taking place on the 8th March, International Women's Day is looming, and the BBC haven't failed to compile and get lines up a host of clips and and radio shows to commemorate some of the most inspirational women in music. Here are a few things they have in store:

The Women Erased From Musical History

BBC - "On 6 February 1918, a ground-breaking Act of Parliament allowed some women in the United Kingdom to vote for the first time.

Although it would be another ten years before all UK women could vote on the same terms as men, it was a momentous step on the road to voting equality.

100 years later to the day, BBC Radio 3 is marking this important centenary of women’s suffrage with a special commission.

We’ve joined forces with two descendants of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to produce a new choral work that singers from around the country are invited to perform."

Get singing: The Pankhurst Anthem

BBC - "On 6 February 1918, a ground-breaking Act of Parliament allowed some women in the United Kingdom to vote for the first time.

Although it would be another ten years before all UK women could vote on the same terms as men, it was a momentous step on the road to voting equality.

100 years later to the day, BBC Radio 3 is marking this important centenary of women’s suffrage with a special commission.

We’ve joined forces with two descendants of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to produce a new choral work that singers from around the country are invited to perform [...]

Composer Lucy Pankhurst has written a beautiful choral setting for a text by the activist and writer Helen Pankhurst, based on a powerful address given by her famous great-grandmother, Emmeline.

The Pankhurst Anthem is comprised of two sections. The first, Echoes of Emmeline, adapts words by Emmeline Pankhurst to reflect on the suffragettes' struggle to be enfranchised. The second section, Anthem, is more upbeat in tone and explores the modern repercussions of the suffrage movement."

Watch: The BBC Singers Perform The Pankhurst Anthem

Morfydd Owen: Rediscovered After A Hundred Years

"The composer whose music was only discovered 100 years after her death. The Welsh composer Morfydd Owen wrote many songs and piano pieces - including a piano sonata at the age of just 18, and yet most of her works were undiscovered until recently. Brian Ellsbury tell Rebecca Kesby for Witness how he deciphered her recovered manuscripts and was the first person to record the lost music - 100 years after her death."

Listen to Morfydd Owen on the BBC site.

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