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Giving a voice to women composers across the UK
Promoted by the London Oriana Choir
FIVE15 INITIATIVE CLOSES WITH WOMEN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
Celebrating the power, diversity and genius of women composers past and present, on 9th July 2022 the London Oriana Choir brought together guest choirs from around the UK for an electric evening of choral music, including the Southbank Centre premiere of Hannah Kendall's 'Tuxedo: Dust Bowl #2' commissioned by the Choir and the world premiere of 'In Lak'ech' by Choir member Tara Mack. The Choir was joined by the Edinburgh Singers, Southern Spirit Singers and Archer Academy choir who performed their own pieces, and then joined London Oriana Choir for performances of Jessica Curry's 'Home' and Kerry Andrew's 'Who we are'. Also present at the concert were four of the five five15 composers in residence: Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Rebecca Dale, Jessica Curry and Anna Disley-Simpson, along with Kerry Andrew and the husband of the late Ailsa Dixon, whose work 'These things shall be' was performed at the 2017 five15 concert at the Cutty Sark. See the photo gallery.
Photo: Kathleen Holman
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FIVE COMPOSERS. FIVE YEARS. FIFTEEN NEW WORKS.
The London Oriana Choir launched a ground-breaking musical venture championing the musical talent of women composers.
The heart of the project, known as five15, was the commissioning of 15 brand new choral works from five women over five years, but it also included a programme of new performances, educational projects, recordings and other initiatives to raise the profile of classical music written by women across the UK, as well as helping to encourage and develop the talents of new young writers.
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