Centenary of Women's Right to Vote
To mark the Centenary of Women`s Suffrage, the Friends` Musick chamber choir is pleased to announce its recently-launched programme of songs by women composers. Entitled 'Up With Your Song!' the programme spans 800 years, from Hildegard the Nun (12th century) to early 20th century Dame Ethel Smyth, who set Emmeline Pankhurst`s March of the Women to music.
Traditionally, throughout history, women were not considered worthy of being educated, and it was only women from wealthy families who could become ‘accomplished’ in the arts, which, for them, mainly focussed on music and the ability to play an instrument among family and friends.
The Friends` Musick will take you on a musical journey through the Ages, which will include 16th century Italian madrigals and sacred works, part-songs by well- known women such as Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel (née Mendelssohn), old-time favourites such as The Soldier`s Farewell and Annie Lawrie, plus a delightful 19th century setting of Shakespeare`s Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred ? by Mrs. Mounsey Bartholomew.
Some readings about notable women who earned their place in history may be included if time allows.
If you would like The Friends` Musick to perform for you in this special year please get in touch with Annie Bright
(Founder-Member and Administrator of The Friends` Musick)