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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features music by composers including Maud Cuney-Hare, Elaine Hughes-Jones and Laura Netzel, along with some rare, unpublished and new editions of songs by Margaret Bonds, Avril Coleridge-Taylor and Rebecca Clarke.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.

Find out more about SWAP'ra, and download the programme, here.



Watch the videos, here

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



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 Duchamge

Gabrielle Ferrari

Eugenie-Emilie Juliette Folville

Chiquinha Gonzaga

Clemance de Grandval 

Guy d'Hardelot (Helen Rhodes)

Augusta Holmès

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

featuring ARTISTS from

guildhall school of music and drama


national opera studio


royal welsh college of music and drama


trinity laban college of music and dance


royal academy of music


royal northern college of music


royal college of music