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March 2007 Women in Music e-newsletter

Maconchy/Lefanu concert on South Bank - Thursday 1st March

To mark the centenary of the birth of composer Elizabeth Maconchy and the 60th birthday of Nicola Lefanu (Maconchy's daughter, also a composer), the Park Lane Group is giving a concert of their music in the Purcell Room on March 1st 2007 at 7.45 p.m. The concert is preceded by a talk in the Purcell Room at 6.30 p.m., with Nicola Lefanu.
Members of Women in Music will be meeting for tea at 4.30 p.m. in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Sandwiches, cakes and drinks are available. We hope that you can join us. South bank centre - further information 

WiM Waterside Cafe Meeting
An informal Women in Music meeting was held at the Waterside Cafe at the Barbican on Sunday January 14 2007, to coincide with the Sofia Gubaidlulina weekend.

Those present included (pictured above): (Back row L-R) Hilary Friend (WRPM, musician), Margaret Lucy Wilkins (composer and WiM Secretary), Jenny Fowler (composer), Michelle L. Goldberg (PR), (middle row L-R) Sarah Cole (WiM Treasurer), Chris Taylor (accordionist), Enid Luff (composer) Julia Usher (composer),  Natalee Jeremic (violinist) (Front row) Kali and Silvia (Kitchen Fantastique pop group) and Ann Cherry (flautist and composer). Martina Shwarz (accordionist),  and Suzanne Chawner (WiM website editor) were also present, not pictured.

Women in Music seeks new blood
Women in Music is looking for new board members for its Management Committee.  If you think you might be interested, please contact Margaret Lucy Wilkins on secretary@womeninmusic.org.uk

Celebrating International Women's Day

This concert will see the world premiere of three original compositions written for Kiku Day by Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Mogens Christensen and Gabriel Erkoreka.
Kiku Day (shakuhachi), Máire Breatnach (fiddle) & Sun Zhuo (guzheng)
Thursday 8 March 2007, 7pm, SOAS, BGLT, Free
SOAS - further information

WiM Members' News

Helen McCookerybook

"About three years ago after a 20-year break, I started performing live again as a singer/songwriter, under my original 'nom-de-chanson' of Helen McCookerybook. I've really enjoyed turning up at tiny venues, chatting to other songwriters, having nerdy guitar-conversations. Recently, I'd been in touch with  Martin Stephenson, of the Daintees, who had always liked my old band, The Chefs. This led to an invitation to support them at two gigs  in my home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne just before Christmas, where I got to play to a very affectionate audience at the Cluny, in Byker. It was a heartwarming experience, where I not only got to autograph some of my own vintage vinyl releases but also got to see a very good band two nights running!'
I've also just released a solo CD, Suburban Pastoral, available from Rough Trade mail order":



Frances Novillo

At the Mass for Migrant Workers at Westminster Cathedral on Monday 1st May 2006, Frances Novillo and Emily Walker led the congregation singing music in many languages and musical styles, launching a new campaign for justice for migrant workers led by London Citizens (londoncitizens.org.uk).  A similar event takes place this year on Monday 7th May 2007. (Watch this space for further details). francesnovillo@yahoo.co.uk

Yumi Hara Cawkwell

The best musical moment in 2006 for me would have to be the British Composer Awards 2006 finalist nomination. Although I didn’t win the award, to be one of the finalists for the solo and duo category and invited for the award ceremony among famous names was a tremendous honour and quite an experience for me! I have to say thank you for Women in Music, the mentoring scheme in particular, for my career development. (Yumi Hara Cawkwell)

Liz Ounsted

"I was invited to participate in a cabaret showcasing the work of students on a 1-day multi-media workshop, which I did not attend. I learned that the theme of the cabaret was to be "Dark and Dangerous" only 48 hours beforehand. The songs I had rehearsed did not fit. I came on after some very imaginative but dark items from workshop students, far too heavy for a Saturday-night audience who had paid for a cabaret entertainment.  By emphasizing my subversive side in my spiel in between songs I managed to lighten the darkness shed by my predecessors and brought the house down."


Want publicity for your gig or concert?
Why not add your event to the Women in Music website - just click on this URL and then look for the Add An Event button in the top right hand corner of the What's On page.  All genres of music welcome:

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I hope you have a wonderful Spring.
Suzanne Chawner
Editor, Women in Music website and e-newsletter