A selection of live concert broadcasts, new commissions and debate on Sunday 8 March and across two weeks of complementary programming is planned.
Highlights include Anna Meredith offering listeners an insight into her musical world in a special broadcast of Private Passions and a live edition of the Choir, featuring a performance of a new commission by young composer Rhiannon Randle by the choir of St Catharine’s College Cambridge. Katie Derham will also present a Live in Concert from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff.
Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio, said: ‘I’m delighted Radio 3 is celebrating female composers with a range of programmes dedicated to classical music written and chosen by women.
‘The station will be championing the next generation of female talent as well as analysing the contribution of some of the great women of classical music – like Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann – who often worked in the shadow of their male counterparts.’
Each day in the week following International Women’s Day, five female composers under the age of 35 – Charlotte Bray, Anna Clyne, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Hannah Kendall and Dobrinka Tabakova – will be interviewed by Donald Macleod for Composer of the Week. They will discuss life as a female composer today.