Ensemble Reza celebrate female composers

Someone asked Ensemble Reza, at the end of their Festival of Chichester concert last year, why they hadn’t included any female composers.

They are certainly doing so this year. On Saturday, June 22 at 6pm for the Festival, they offer Celebrating Women In Music in St John’s Chapel, 5 St John’s St, Chichester, PO19 1UR, a celebration of female classical composers with music through the ages and from across the world.

Musicians including Lucy Jeal, Adam Barker (violins), Anna Cooper (viola), Sarah Carvalho-Dubost (cello) and Pavlos Carvalho (bass) will play works by Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beech and Nadya and Lili Boulanger among others.

Pavlos said: “We have always had this on the cards and we often do music by Clara Schumann but we wanted to play a concert of women composers that wasn’t just ticking the boxes because it was the good thing to do. We wanted to treat it with respect and research it properly.”

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