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We have news of many exciting arts events during March, which sees the Centenary of International Women’s Day, starting with…………..

Women in Music events for March 2011

Catherine Pluygers and WiM chair Debbie Golt have organised a series of concerts for March, to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day.

Debbie Golt hosted a show on Resonance FM on Tuesday 8th March, which included live improvised music, and discussion with women film-makers on the following evening’s event which featured short films by women filmmakers with improvised music.

On 15th March, the atmospheric HMS President on North Bank of the Thames, next to Blackfriars, is the venue for a concert celebrating Women’s Contribution to Improvised Music.  There is information on Catherine’s website http://www.catherinepluygers.co.uk

On Friday 25th March WOM@TT in association with Colourful (Radio) and Carnival Village presents MAMA AFRICA a celebration of African women’s music across the diaspora.  ‘Mama Africa’ is named for the late great South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba (it’s her nickname) and is also in memory of fellow South African Artist, Londoner, Doreen Thobekile. Confirmed artists are Bumi Thomas and Amaziah. The event is co-promoted by Debbie Golt and is at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY . See www.womaatt.blogspot.com for full details.


For full details please see our What’s On? Page 


………………and while you are there why not add your own events!


WOW! festival on the Southbank

Through an extended weekend from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of March, the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre, with a daily conference (£12 for a day pass) as well as workshops and concerts featuring international artists. Women in Music committee members attended a series of planning meetings for this event. Please support and give us your feedback. Among the highlights a celebration of the voice, line up includes V V Brown, Mercury Prize-winner Speech Debelle, West African singer Annie-Flore Batchiellilys, legendary South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and, as their special guest, Senegalese singer and guitarist Baaba Maal. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/wow-%E2%80%93-women-of-the-world-0

News from WiM members

Deidre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson have released a new album, Emily Remembered, a tribute to the late New York jazz guitarist Emily Remier. Deidre will also be appearing with her group Electric Landladies at the International Women’s Fair, Spitalfields Trader’s Market, at lunch time on Saturday 12th March.  The fair is open from 10am to 5pm. As well as live music, there will be craft stalls, info from women’s organisations and free tours of the Women’s Library.

For more info see http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events


The 26th of March will see the world premier of a new work by Jenny Fowler. The Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra will be performed at St John’s Smith Square by the Whitehall Orchestra with Amy Dickson as soloist. http://www.whitehallorchestra.org.uk/downloads/Mar%202011%20flyer.pdf


June Boyce Tillman has successfully premiered a new work in Norwich Cathedral, Enfolded in Love, a musical pageant retelling the story of Julian of Norwich. www.overgrownpath.com/2011/02/meetings-with-remarkable-women.html   June is also running a weekend event in April, Music and Peace.


…….. and finally, the monthly Women’s Radio Group broadcast is from 7-11pm on Wednesday 30th  March on www.womeninradio.wordpress.com  (where there are also selected archives) with a range of content from community matters to the arts including DJ Debbie (Golt)’s Outerglobe music show.


On International Women’s Day itself, 8th March, the PRS launched a new funding opportunity, Women Make Music http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/women/index.htm


In the pipeline, is an exciting new EU funded project from Donne in Musica, which will involve members of Women in Music and similar organisations Europe wide.


Please send your news for our next newsletter to editor@womeninmusic.org.uk

Women in Music is run by a voluntary committee and depends entirely on it’s members for income. Please see our website for our application and donations form. Please look out for news of our 2011 AGM, which will be during late spring or early summer. It is important for the future of WiM that our AGMs meetings achieve a quorum, and everyone’s contribution, large or small will count.