"He has been tempered in the crucible but he is still molten and he glows with a fierce inner light. He is many things: musician, administrator, executive, minister, psychologist, technician, philosopher and dispenser … Above all he is a leader of men … a father … The Teacher who knows all."
Above is a famous 1967 quote by the revered New York Times writer Harold Schonberg in an article named ‘The Great Conductors’ where he summed up his ideal of a first-
Petrenko, conductor of The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The National Youth Orchestra, increased his notoriety by famously claiming that, ‘women on the podium are a distraction’, and as if that weren’t enough, he then clarified his comment with, ‘a cute girl on a podium means that musicians think about other things.’
The fact that Petrenko is himself rather cute does somewhat rule out the fact that the women in the orchestras he leads might find him ‘distracting’, and let’s not rule out here a healthy dose of male adulation from the gay orchestral ranks Vasily.
Just as Vasily disappeared down the gaping hole in the floor beneath him, Marin Alsop took to the podium of the 2013 Last Night of the Proms performance, a first for a woman in the festival’s 118-
With women still under-
the girls are is a UK based online magazine championing women in music, posting daily content from a global team of writers and photographers. Feeling that the machinations of the music industry are largely based on antiquated, irrelevant, inherently sexist values, and as a result women working within music are often under – or misrepresented, their coverage aims to redress this imbalance.
Founded as a blog in 2009, www.thegirlsare.com has rapidly grown a network of loyal followers with over 100 contributors and an editorial team of ten. Without the collaboration and support of this team of creatives and music-
Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs, transporting listeners into different worlds, whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.
Her forthcoming album Shiwezwa, due for release on November 3rd, has been tipped to be 'one of the major roots releases of the coming months' by fRoots magazine.
Editor and founder of the girls are, Annette Barlow, Deputy Editor Cheri Amour and Jazz & Classical Editor Rosie Hanley offer advice and tips on how to write an engaging live music review. The 60min workshop will cover best practice, things to include and avoid as well as time for questions and a chance to meet the editorial team.
Emily Barker, Picture editor at the girls are guides you through her top tips to taking an excellent live music shot. Emily will be joined by the rest of the girls are editorial team as well as some of our regular photographers who will be on hand to answer any questions and offer their own personal advice on obtaining a publishable live music shot.
Esther Dee is a singer-
The Albany Piano Trio performs three exciting works by contrasting female British composers. Written within a century of one another, the works offer a rich variety in instrumental colours and musical styles.
The Albany Piano Trio is a thriving, dynamic ensemble whose repertoire focuses on works by female composers -
Contemporary music ensemble rarescale presents a selection of chamber works by female composers. Renowned classic works by Kajia Saariaho, Thea Musgrave and Pauline Oliveros are heard alongside works by a younger generation of composers, demonstrating the breadth of female compositional talent working today.