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The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music

Bangor University, Wales, 4 – 7 September 2017

The School of Music at Bangor University is pleased to host the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music. The Conference has been timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of the Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-77).

Celebrating the Achievements of Women Musicians

The Conference will bring together academics, researchers and music professionals from around the world to share their research and experience of all aspects of women working in music. The Conference will seek to both celebrate the achievements of women musicians, and to critically explore and discuss the changing contexts of women’s work in music on the international stage. Following a fantastic response to our call to papers, the diversity and richness of this work will be illustrated at the Conference through presentations in areas such as historical musicology, music education, ethnomusicology, practice-led research and performance, composition, music analysis, popular music studies and much more. 

Keynote Presentations

The Conference Programme includes Keynote Presentations by leading scholar Dr. Sophie Fuller, author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States, 1629-present, and the author and music journalist Jessica Duchen whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times.

Conference Concerts

The Programme will include concerts of music celebrating the music of Grace Williams and other women composers. Ensemble Cymru (Bangor University’s resident ensemble) will give a concert on 4 September, and a joint recital by Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) and Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone), accompanied by Paula Fan, will take place on 6 September.

The Music Industry

Deborah Annetts, CEO of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, will be joined by a panel of distinguished guests to consider the situation for women musicians in today’s global music industry. Prior to the panel discussion, Edwina Wolstencroft will talk about her work as Editor of International Women’s Day on BBC Radio 3.

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