Celebration and Discovery: Forgotten Female Composers

Illustration of five forgotten female composers

A collaboration between BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC has shone light on the significant achievements of five neglected female composers and provided a platform for fresh academic research into the remarkable history and music of these women.

The research focuses on five composers, including Leokadiya Kashperova, who taught Stravinsky, and Florence B. Price, an esteemed African-American symphonist in the first half of the 20th century whose work then fell into obscurity.

Research by five AHRC-funded musicologists led to the rediscovery and reconstruction of scores enabling music by all five women to be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra on 8 March 2018, International Women’s Day, on BBC Radio 3.