BASCA hosts Women of the World event

BASCAThe British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is hosting a debate and live showcase at Equator Festival’s upcoming Women of the World series.

BASCA’s Role of the Female Composer panel will debate the profile of women songwriters and composers at Kings Place, London, on 24 October.

Mira Calix, Issie Barratt, Emily Saunders and Dr Shirley J Thompson will take part in the discussion, which will be chaired by BASCA chief executive Vick Bain.

Later, Calix, Saunders, Barratt and Thompson will perform at the showcase, alongside Nicola LeFanu, Laura Jurd and Jenni Roditi.

The evening also includes cross-cultural programming by Equator Festival, including the London Tango Trio and premieres from 11 emerging female composers.

The event is part of a two-night series, which opens on 17 October with Hannah Marcinowicz’s performance of a new commission by Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated Spooks composer, Jennie Muskett.

The award-winning London Bulgarian Choir, led by Dessislava Stefanova, will follow, performing folk songs in traditional and contemporary arrangements.

Tickets for each performance are available online from

M readers are eligible for a 25 percent discount on the full £16.50 ticket price. Just enter the special code WOW25.

Equator Festival was established in 2007 to celebrate world music and dance, jazz and classical, folk and choral genres. It also runs music and dance workshops in schools.

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