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forgotten voices

rediscovering women composers of the past with voices of the future.

In March 2021, SWAP'ra (Supporting Women And Parents in Opera) presented 'Forgotten Voices', an online festival of song by women composers, in association with Hera.

It launched with a live-streamed concert from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama celebrating Welsh composers past and present. Every day for the following week new videos were released,  recorded in lockdown by students from other top UK conservatoires.

The festival featured under-performed music by over 30 composers including some rare, unpublished and new editions of songs by Margaret Bonds, Avril Coleridge-Taylor and Rebecca Clarke.




Toria and Simone worked with SWAP'ra to programme the festival. If you'd like to ask us about any of the repertoire - or if you'd like our help diversifying your programming or putting an event together - please get in touch

You can read Toria's blog about programming the festival here.

You can find out more about SWAP'ra and their work on women composers with Oxford Lieder here.

The Composers

Amy Elise Horrocks

Elaine Hugh-Jones

Betty Jackson King

Mathilde Kralik von Meyrswalden

Claire Lidell

Laura Netzel

Johanna Müller-Hermann

Marguerite Olagnier

Morfydd Owen

Poldowski (Régine Wieniawski)

Betty Roe

Charlotte Sainton-Dolby

Undine Smith Moore

Pauline Viardot

Maude Valérie White

Grace Williams

Amy Woodforde-Finden

Agathe Backer-Grøndhal

Amy Beach

Adolpha le Beau

Margaret Bonds

Ingleborg Bronsart von Schellendorf

Hedwige Chrétien

Rebecca Clarke

Avril Coleridge-Taylor

Maud Cuney-Hare

Eva Dell'Acqua

Pauline Duchambge

Gabrielle Ferrari

Eugenie-Emilie Juliette Folville

Chiquinha Gonzaga

Clemance de Grandval 

Guy d'Hardelot (Helen Rhodes)

Augusta Holmès

featuring ARTISTS from

royal welsh college of music and drama


trinity laban college of music and dance


royal college of music


national opera studio


guildhall school of music and drama


royal academy of music


royal northern college of music

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