Songs of Suffrage: a concert of music and readings, 1900-1930

‘Songs of Suffrage: a concert of music and readings, 1900-1930

A concert featuring women composers active during the suffrage campaign, 7pm, Thursday 1 November 2018, Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London.

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Come and hear ‘Songs of Suffrage: an evening of music & readings, 1900-1930’, featuring the work of three early 20th-century women composers and suffrage campaigners: Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) and Dorothy Howell (1898-1982).

The concert features a movement from Dorothy Howell’s string quartet—last performed at the Wigmore Hall, London in 1920, after which part of the score was lost. Now rediscovered and recreated specially for this concert, Howell’s quartet will finally be heard once more on 1 November.

The programme ends with an audience rendition of ‘March of Women’ (1911), the ‘suffragette anthem’, composed by Ethel Smyth.

Tickets are priced £10 and £5 concessions. The ticket also includes a glass of wine before the performance, and admission to a special exhibition in Senate House of papers from the composers’ archives, and from the Senate House Library’s collection relating to early twentieth-century music and women’s suffrage.

Featured music:

  • Ethel Smyth: String Quartet in E minor (1912), 1. Allegretto lirico
  • Dorothy Howell: Phantasy for violin and piano (1925)
  • Dorothy Howell: Quartet Movement (date unknown)
  • Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio (1921), 1. Moderato ma appassionato
  • Ethel Smyth: ‘March of Women’ (1911), the ‘suffragette anthem’

The concert is performed by the Berkeley Ensemble and Viv MacLean (piano), with readings from the composers’ diaries and letters, by the Radio 3 broadcaster Dr Kate Kennedy.

The concert is organised by the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library, University of London, UK, as part of their season of events marking the centenary of the first election (December 1918) in which women aged 30 or over were able to vote. Book tickets for the concert.

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