International Women’s Day – celebrating amazing women in music Part 3

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”

Lady GaGa

We’ve had an tremendous week at Music Works revisiting our back catalogue and listening to the inspiring women we’ve interviewed over the last six months. Today we celebrate four more of these women who have contributed to six tremendous episodes.

First up is soprano and writer, Julia Kogan who has joined us for three episodes now.

The first memorable occasion was a two-hander in which Julia first posed the question: “Is there a true meritocracy for artists?” before looking at possible solutions that would improve the classical music experience for performers and audiences alike. See Music Works Episodes 15A and 15B.

Then, earlier this year, Julia shared her gripping account of her fight for recognition as joint author of the screenplay “Florence Foster Jenkins”.

As well as musicians who are oustanding performers and educators in their fields, we also talk to people who work in other aspects of the music business and our final three women all bring something to the table from their own sphere of work.

In one of our very opening episodes, top business coach Jessica Fearnley talked to us about how musicians can build a business mindset and still be their authentic selves.

Anna Ouspenskaya of Virtual Concert Halls described the incredible journey that led her and her team to launch the global online music competition Sound Espressivo.

Finally, we were delighted to welcome online business phenomenon, entrepreneur, and mum, Annie Ridout of The Robora who talked her own journey as a musician and about the loneliness of the freelance life, especially for new parents.

It’s been so inspiring sharing Music Works’s International Women’s Day Hall of Fame this week. We hope these extraordinary women inspire you too.

Together we are a sisterhood that lifts each other up to help us realise our best, truest, strongest selves, not just for International Women’s Day, but every day.

International Women’s Day – celebrating amazing women in music Part 2

“It’s like rewriting in my own head all these assumptions that I made…finding my own place, as a woman and as a performer.”

Rebecca Hardwick

International Women’s Day this year seemed to bring even more of an outpouring and support and solidarity with and for women everywhere. It has been so striking that Katie has dedicated her micropodcast episode this week to talking about this global coming together and celebration.

At Music Works we are continuing our own celebration of the amazing women we’ve welcomed on the podcast since we first went live on 26 September last year.

Naomi Pohl of the Musicians’ Union joined us in Season One Episode 13 to describe how their Safe Space facility is helping victims of sexual harassment.

Noami came back to join Julia Rowan of The Ivors Academy for a critical look at the complexities of the royalties artists receive from the streaming of their music. You can listen to this episode here.

Harriet Wybor of PRS for Music opened Season Two with a great episode on the ins and outs of performing rights.

Recent graduates Anna Kent and Rebecca Milford spoke to us about their experiences leaving university and the conservatoire & entering the professional world of the classical music industry. You can find this episode here.

We round up today’s post as we began: with soprano, Rebecca Hardwick, who shared her interest in contemporary music and how, when Covid shut down live music, her explorations of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments led her to take up a DMus in contemporary performance at The Guildhall.

Keep following us for when we bring you our final round up of Music Works’s International Women’s Day Hall of Fame!

International Women’s Day – celebrating amazing women in music

To celebrate International Women’s Day we want to share some of the amazing women we’ve welcomed on the Music Works podcast.

Our first guest was one of Polyphony Arts’s own composers: Ella JarmanPinto, talking about inclusivity & the creative process and her own podcast Beyond the Chameleon. You can hear Ella’s episode for Music Works here: (Music Works fact: Ella composed the podcast theme music.)

Ella came back later in the season for an open and honest discussion with Katie ranging from periods to parenting and what it means to be female in the music business. You can find this conversation here.

Pianist, composer & audio-visual artist Nina Danon spoke in her episode about finding supportive spaces as a female composer & performer & developing her creative practice as a woman & a parent.

We carried on Ella’s exploration of diversity in the music with Elizabeth de Brito of The Daffodil Perspective on tokenism and the wealth of female, black, Asian, and ethnically diverse composers who otherwise go overlooked and almost unheard, and why we need to radically rethink programming if we want to make classical music truly representative – listen here.

CEO & co-founder of SWAP_ra – Supporting Women and Parents in Opera, director, Sophie Gilpin gave us the lowdown on why we need better working structures for women in music – you can listen to Sophie here.

Hannah Fiddy of Alternative Classical has always been a true ally and a real champon of women and minorities in the music business. (See what she had to say about Katie and Polyphony Arts today. ) She talked to us here about producing concerts in non-traditional settings and how the future requires a radical rethink of the conventions of the classical music performance.

We’ll be posting more about the amazing women we’ve welcomed on the Music Works podcast over the next few days so keep checking back for the Music Works International Women’s Day Hall of Feminist Fame!