International Women in Music event launches in Wales

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The inaugural International Conference on Women’s Work in Music is set to take place in Wales next month.

The event, which runs from 4 to 7 September, will be hosted by Bangor University’s School of Music to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the death of Welsh composer Grace Williams.

It will explore the diverse historical, cultural and political themes of women’s work in music, and provide a platform to discuss recent developments, concerns, challenges and solutions.

More than 90 individual papers, lectures, panels and roundtable discussions will take place, including keynote presentations by leading scholar Sophie Fuller and classical music writer Jessica Duchen.

A PRS for Music panel takes place on 7 September, helmed by the society’s classical music account manager Harriet Wybor, which will bring together industry professionals and composers to discuss how the music industry can best support women composers.

Confirmed panellists are Maxie Gedge (PRS Foundation), Deborah Keyser (Ty Cerdd), Samantha McShane (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and composer Steph Power.

Other programme highlights include an industry panel chaired by Deborah Annetts, chief executive of Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), and a talk by Edwina Wolstencroft, editor of International Women’s Day at BBC Radio 3.

There will also be two concerts featuring the music of Grace Williams, Rhian Samuel and Hilary Tann, as well as premieres of music by Nicola LeFanu and Eleanor Alberga.

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