Glasgow School of Art choir project aims to inspire young female composers

A city library is holding workshops with leading female composers ahead of a performance at Glasgow Next year.

The Glasgow School Art (GSA) Choir hopes the Composeher project will inspire young women to consider a career in music.

With support from Creative Scotland, the choir commissioned seven female composers from Scotland, England, Australia and the United States – Dee Isaacs, Cecilia McDowall, Pippa Murphy, Sarah Rimkus, Ailie Robertson, Rebecca Rowe and Jane Stanley – to create an entirely new ensemble of choral works.

Workshop events will take place at the Glasgow Women’s Library between October and April, culminating in a Composerher discussion forum involving six of the participating composers. Free workshop tickets are available through Eventbrite now.

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GSA Choir Music Director, Jamie Sansbury, said: “The GSA Choir is delighted to have begun rehearsing these seven compelling new pieces of music, and we are thrilled to share them with the world in May 2023.

“With research continuing to show a persistent lack of female composers in the music industry, we hope our workshops will be an opportunity for those interested in choral music and composition to hear directly from women leaders in their field. talk about their experiences.

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Composer Cecilia McDowall said: “I think it’s wonderful that the GSA Choir has chosen to launch a project that supports relationships and connections with female composers and I’m thrilled to be part of this array of talented contemporary composers. working on this important project.

“I know this series of events will be a special opportunity to connect with young people who may be considering a future in music. I hope that through this project we can inspire young female musicians and encourage them to pursue their careers in musical performance and composition.

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