Women Composers Festival

Sat 9 Jul 2022, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
From £20
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Oriana Cutty Sark
Kathleen Holman

Singing to celebrate music by women composers, choirs from around the UK perform groundbreaking choral music, including a commission by Hannah Kendall.

Displaying the power, diversity and genius of women composers past and present, London Oriana Choir brings together the Edinburgh Singers, Southern Spirit Singers and Archer Academy.

All the choirs combine at the end of the evening to perform the rousing finale.

This evening's concert represents the culmination of London Oriana Choir’s pioneering five15 initiative to champion women composers with new commissions, increased programming, workshops, recordings and an online anthology.

The performance features groundbreaking a cappella commissions from all five composers in residence: Hannah Kendall, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Rebecca Dale, Jessica Curry and Anna Disley-Simpson.

Shortly celebrating its 50th anniversary, London Oriana Choir regularly performs in the capital, around the country and abroad under the leadership of musical director Dominic Ellis-Peckham.

  • London Oriana Choir
  • Dominic Ellis-Peckham musical director
  • Edinburgh Singers
  • Alastair Digges musical director
  • Southern Spirit Singers
  • Andy King conductor
  • Archer Academy
  • Alice Humphrey conductor
  • Mia Makaroff: Butterfly
  • Kate Rusby: Underneath the stars arr. Jim Clements
  • Sarah Quartel: Swept away
  • Eleanor Daley: Set me as a seal
  • Aileen Sweeney: We will no longer sing into the silence
  • Judith Weir: My Guardian Angel
  • Annie Lennox: Love song for a Vampire
  • Jessica Curry: Home
  • Interval
  • Cecilia McDowall: Regina Caeli
  • Jessica Curry: I loved you first
  • Cheryl Frances-Hoad: So true a fool is love
  • Ailsa Dixon: These things shall be
  • Hannah Kendall: Tuxedo: Dust Bowl #2
  • Rebecca Dale: Salve regina
  • Shruthi Rajasekar: Green Fingers
  • Anna Disley-Simpson: In the blue
  • Tara Mack: In Lak'ech (You are my other me)
  • Kerry Andrew: who we are

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Dates & times

Sat 9 Jul 2022, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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  • Concessions25%**

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