Concert Details

Spring 2018 women composers

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Saturday 24 March 2018 at 19:30

Coptic Orthodox Church Centre »

Elizabeth Maconchy Proud Thames Overture; Ethel Smyth Mass in D; Cecilia McDowall Magnificat

Soloist(s): Claire Ward - soprano; Louise Mott - mezzo; Ben Alden - tenor; Julian Empett - baritone

Accompanist(s): Hertfordshire Philharmonia

Conductor: Stephen Bullamore

The concert coincides with the Centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave women the right to vote for the first time. Ethel Smyth was a suffragette who spent time in Holloway Prison and wrote the song of the movement.
Elizabeth Maconchy was of the next generation and acknowledged her debt to Smyth for fighting the corner of women composers in the twentieth century. She was a leading composer in the mid to late twentieth century.
Cecilia McDowall is a contemporary composer, writing often for choirs. She was awarded the British Composer Award for Choral Music in 2014.
There is more information about these composers in the choir’s December newsletter on our website and you may also find the following links interesting:
Elizabeth Maconchy by Nicola LeFanu (her daughter) on


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