Women in Music | Southbank Centre

Women in Music at Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is excited to be further developing its Women in Music strand, bringing together women from all spheres of classical and contemporary music to highlight issues faced by female professional musicians today.

We recognise a fundamental need to address the underrepresentation of women in music who often face struggles in gaining the same opportunities, recognition, financial equality and status afforded to their male counterparts.

How can we improve life for women in music?

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So many women in leadership roles here at Southbank Centre have really changed the future for women
Marin Alsop

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Discwoman collective
Various times
30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Various times | 30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Lose yourself in the sounds of DJs from New York-based electronic music platform Discwoman
Lose yourself in the sounds of DJs from New York-based electronic music platform Discwoman
Susheela Raman, British-Indian musician
7:30 pm
Fri 21 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 21 Sep 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear Susheela Raman’s new album, Ghost Gamelan
Hear Susheela Raman’s new album, Ghost Gamelan
Yazz Ahmed, Bahraini-British musician
7:30 pm
Mon 01 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 01 Oct 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Contemporary jazz gets revamped and revitalised by the trumpet and flugelhorn star
Contemporary jazz gets revamped and revitalised by the trumpet and flugelhorn star
Andris Nelsons, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 09 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 09 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons is described by The New York Times as 'a young dynamo'
Andris Nelsons is described by The New York Times as 'a young dynamo'
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7:00 pm
Sun 11 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Sun 11 Nov 2018
Classical music
Choral
Open your ears to a ‘Requiem for the masses’
Open your ears to a ‘Requiem for the masses’

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang return to Royal Festival Hall
Renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang return to Royal Festival Hall
7:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Ensemble Modern presents the music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders
Ensemble Modern presents the music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their generation, Dai Fujikura and Andrew Norman.
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their...
7:30 pm
Tue 29 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 29 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered

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Multi-buy discount

7:00 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Classical music
Opera
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena

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Maybe you’re asking, do women still need to fight for equality in music in 2017? Here are some statistics that prove why:

  • 78% of interviewees for PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music initiative said they had experienced sexism in the industry. Many felt pigeonholed, whether as performers rather than producers, or as sex objects rather than artists. Women Make Music Evaluation 2011 - 2016
  • Women only make up 43.2% of British orchestra players but are still underrepresented in principal positions (McClure, Kokot and Scharff, 2014).
  • Only 6.45% of composers at the BBC Proms were female (8 out of 124) and there were only four female conductors out of 62.(Women in Music survey, 2014)
  • Submissions to the 2016 British Composer Awards showed a bias towards male white composers. Only six out of 40 commissions in the Orchestral category were by women.
  • Out of 61 full-member orchestras in the Association of British orchestras, only four had female conductors in titled roles in 2016. There are 100 titled roles for conductors available (James Murphy, Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia, 2017).
  • In the last 20 years, there have only been three female principal conductors of British orchestras (James Murphy, Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia, 2017).
  • A survey of 11 artist management companies in Britain showed that out of 393 signed and represented conductors, 371 were male and only 22 were female (5.5%). Many highly experienced and respected female conductors were yet to be signed by artist management (James Murphy, Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia, 2017)
  • On average only 15% of festival acts are female, while 78% are male (female: pressure, 2015 – 2017)

Southbank Centre is committed to providing forums for women in the music profession to network and creating platforms for women to perform. Women in Music gives opportunities for women to have their music performed and broadcast, and to working with our partners to encourage a balance of female conductors, composers and artists engage in their programmes.

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