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Developing women composers

12 July 2017

Young women composers Claire Johnston, Elizabeth Younan, Natalie Nicolas and Ella Macens

For one night in August, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, in collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will present Women of Note, a performance showcasing new music by Australian female composers.

This free performance at the Sydney Conservatorium on 5 August will include the world premiere of compositions by four outstanding female composers and current participants in the National Women Composers Development Program: Claire Johnston, Elizabeth Younan, Natalie Nicolas and Ella Macens (above).

The works in this concert are performed by the Chamber Singers, a dynamic ensemble of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, a choral performing arts company. The concert will be led by Music Director Brett Weymark who will be joined by emerging conductor Claire Howard-Race. This will be a rare opportunity to hear these compositions from Australia’s most exciting, young music talent performed for the very first time. Join the composers themselves, and other passionate music lovers, for this one-off performance.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM), in collaboration with four of Australia’s performing ensembles and artists, began the National Women Composers Development Program in 2016. The program is aimed at developing women in composition.

Incoming Master of Music (Composition) or Doctor of Musical Arts students at the SCM can incorporate this program as part of their degree. Participants write music for four diverse professional groups and artists, and have their music work-shopped and/or performed at such concerts as this one in early August. Students also receive mentorship in administrative and production skills throughout the course of this program, complementing their artistic development.

Participants will be mentored by several of Australia’s top women composers, as well as by members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s composition unit.

Saturday 5 August, 7pm at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Book your free tickets here, until sold out.

For more on the development program.