W20 Works by Women

Wed 10th April - 11:00am to 12:00 noon

Merchiston Workshops - Workshop Space


Sponsored by The Bristol & West of England Branch of The Clarsach Society

An informal talk/demonstration on works written by women from various time periods and cultures to inspire and encourage you to add more female composers to your repertoire and programmes. Using recordings, live performance, audio/visual presentation and handouts, Karen will introduce you to the music of female composers from the past who deserve to be heard today. If you’d like to bring your harp, we will end by playing Dame Ethel Smyth’s Suffragette anthem, The March of the Women arranged by Karen to celebrate 100 years of votes for women. (Music available at the Festival.)

Tutor: Karen Marshalsy - Karen is a master of traditional Scottish harp music, specialising on all three Scottish harps (wire and gut-strung clarsachs and bray harp), plays in The Cathal McConnell Trio, with piper Allan MacDonald, as a soloist, and has guested with the Russian String Orchestra in 2018 with her own compositions conducted by Misha Rachlevsky. She was composer in residence with Harps North West in 2015-16, has published several books of arrangements, compositions, and techniques, features in both the Trinity and RCS exam syllabuses, is one of Scotland’s most experienced tutors, and currently teaches wire harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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