New study highlights composers’ gender gap

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Just 5.3 percent of 1,445 concerts scheduled for the 2018-2019 season worldwide will include works by women composers, a new study finds.

Research by independent classical label Drama Musica has revealed that of the concerts it surveyed, 1,368 (94.7 percent) will only feature works by male composers, while just 76 (5.3 percent) will include works written by women.

Across the 1,445 concerts – performed by 15 orchestras around the world – a total of 3,524 musical works will be featured; 3,442 written by male composers and only 82 by their female counterparts.

These numbers were gathered from information on the concert programmes of the most influential orchestras worldwide, as selected by Gramophone magazine .

The Gramophone list was compiled by a panel of leading music critics and includes Berliner Philarmoniker, Vienna Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

British record label Drama Musica launched DONNE | Women in Music on International Women’s Day 2018. The ongoing project, curated by soprano Gabriella Di Laccio, aims to champion women composers’ equality and shine a light on their work.

Di Laccio said: ‘What started as a personal interest, turned into an eye opener! The more I research, the more I discover about the fascinating stories and some outstanding music written by women composers that have simply been neglected for too long. I think it is time we all get involved: as performers and as organisations to make sure we increase the visibility, equality and education for future generations.’

DONNE has launched a crowdfunding campaign to gain global community support and raise funds to release a five CD series of works by women composers.

For more information visit DONNE on Crowdfunder.

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