STF announce co-curation with National Concert Hall on a Female Composer Chamber Music Series

STF are delighted to announce our co-curation with the National Concert Hall on a Female Composer Series, as part of the National Concert Hall's 2018 Chamber Music Series.

This project is one of the three strands as part of the NCH|STF 5-year Partnership Initiative. 

A special thanks to our STF Secretary, and Education Officer, Jenny O'Connor-Madsen and Laura Watson, for their research on this series. 

Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall said:

"On November 1st, we commence what will be a fascinating and revelatory long-term exploration of the work of female composers across the centuries, in partnership with ‘Sounding the Feminists’ and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.”

More info on the Female Composer Series below and info on the National Concert Hall 2018 Chamber Music Series can be viewed here.


In March 2018 the National Concert Hall and Sounding the Feminists announced a five-year project, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, aimed at increasing the presence of female composers in the concert hall. As part of this project the NCH is delighted to announce the first series focusing on female composers over the centuries.  The series of six concerts will run from November 2018 to April 2019.
The first in the series on November 1st features the Fidelio Trio performing works by Clara Schumann, the extraordinarily talented Lilli Boulanger, the ground-breaking English/American composer Rebecca Clarke and the Fermanagh-born Joan Trimble

On November 15 pianist Réamonn Keary and cellist Annette Cleary play works by Nadia Boulanger (one of the most influential composition teachers of the 20th century) and Leokadiya Kashperova (Stravinsky’s piano teacher) plus piano works by Fanny Robinson, an influential teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music who, along with her husband Joseph, was much admired by the young Stanford, whose Second Cello Sonata, provides some intriguing (male) historical context.

The NCH Chamber Music Series continues in 2019 with its annual Chamber Music Gathering in January, further concerts in the Female Composer Series, Bach and Brahms with cellist Gerald Peregrine and pianist Fiachra Garvey in spring and an international Guitar Series along with another Dublin Song Series. Further details of these concerts will be announced at a later date.

Amanda FeeryComment