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!

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