Dr Shirley Thompson, Composer and Reader at the University of Westminster, is part of a project led by BBC Radio 3, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to celebrate five forgotten female composers in honour of International Women’s Day.

BBC Radio 3 announced today, International Women’s Day, the names of five female composers chosen for an ambitious project to bring the long-overdue recognition to historic female composers whose musical genius has been forgotten. The project, a collaboration with the AHRC, will involve recording previously unrecorded works, some of which have been hidden in archives, libraries or private collections and unheard since their first performance, with the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. The new recordings will be aired on Radio 3 for International Women’s Day next year on 8 March 2018.

Dr Shirley Thompson is one of four academics taking part in this project. Each academic nominated a composer for consideration by a Radio 3 panel. Dr Thompson selected Florence B Price, an esteemed 20th Century African symphonist. Dr Thompson will now be invited to choose a major, previously unrecorded work by Florence B Price for the BBC Orchestras and Choirs to record for broadcast next year.

Edwina Wolstencroft, BBC Radio 3 Editor and Diversity Lead said: “Radio 3 is committed to broadcasting remarkable music and culture, and celebrating high quality work. We are therefore very excited to embark on this ground-breaking project to bring incredible works by female composers, forgotten for years, to the large modern-day audiences they deserve. It is a privilege to help celebrate the musical genius of these women in its own right.”

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