Women making music this summer

Today is International Women’s Day, a great reason to celebrate at the fantastic female artists in this year’s Summer Festival!

Throughout June, we reckon over 600 female performers and composers are taking part in our Summer Festival, including those performing in David Lang’s Crowd Out, and the young people in our Learning & Participation programme.

Here are some musical treats to look forward to in June:

Rachel Podger leads her ensemble Brecon Baroque for a night of shimmering violin concertos at Christ Church Spitalfields. Rachel is an acclaimed musician known for her lively interpretations of classical and baroque repertoire. After performing leading roles around the world, she founded directs the annual Brecon Baroque Festival and the Brecon Baroque ensemble.

Lina Lapelyte, Lore Lixenberg, Jayne Parker, Elaine Mitchener, Amy Cunningham and Helen Petts will all have work shown at multi-sensory evening The Voice and the Lens. Film-makers, composers and performers come together to explore the relationship between sound and image through opera, folk, birdsong, Bollywood and more.

Our Spitalfields Salon series features two of the finest early music soloists, with soprano Lucy Crowe and mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany performing alongside Early Opera Company’s Christian Curnyn in a series of exclusive events. This is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with the stars of early music, more often seen in larger concert halls with ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, or on stage at Royal Opera House and English National Opera.

Hyelim Kim brings the sound of Korea to East London as she plays taegŭm (a large transverse bamboo flute) as a special guest in club inégales. She’s currently a PhD student in ethnomusicology at SOAS and has performed her compositions in Australia, New York, Sweden and Germany. You can watch her enchanting improvisations in the above video.

And last but certainly not least, the ‘choir mistress from hell’ Laka D directs our all-female choir Women Sing East as they mark a riotous decade together with sounds from the punk era, alongside soulful jazz classics.

Dive into our programme and discover a whole lot more!

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