SWAP'ra presents Forgotten Voices in association with Hera, rediscovering women composers of the past with voices of the future.
The festival launches on 6 March with a live-streamed concert from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama celebrating Welsh composers past and present. Over the course of the following week SWAP'ra will release more videos – recorded in lockdown – every day, with the intention of flooding social media with the wealth of talent from women composers.
The festival features music by composers including Maud Cuney-Hare, Elaine Hughes-Jones and Laura Netzel, along with some rare, unpublished and new editions of songs by Margaret Bonds, Avril Coleridge-Taylor and Rebecca Clarke.
SWAP'ra's co-founder Kitty says:
Although there are many websites which catalogue the names and dates of female composers, they all lack recordings. Artists looking to expand their repertoire of women’s music need to hear a snapshot of a composer’s music to get a flavour of her sound-world in order to decide if they are attracted to her style and interested in exploring more. If recordings of a composer’s music were free and easily accessible, I know I personally would be far more likely to be more adventurous in my programming.
Saturday 6 March Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (livestream) | 4pm
Monday 8 March National Opera Studio | 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Tuesday 9 March Guildhall School of Music and Drama | 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Wednesday 10 March Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance | 6pm, 8pm
Thursday 11 March Royal Academy of Music | 6pm, 8pm
Friday 12 March Royal Northern College of Music | 6pm, 8pm
Saturday 13 March Royal College of Music | 6pm, 8pm
All times are GMT
Adolpha le Beau
Ingleborg Bronsart von Schellendorf
Eugenie-Emilie Juliette Folville
Clemance de Grandval
Guy d'Hardelot (Helen Rhodes)
Amy Elise Horrocks
Betty Jackson King
Mathilde Kralik von Meyrswalden
Poldowski (Régine Wieniawski)
Undine Smith Moore
Maude Valérie White