On 9 – 10 March in Melbourne a brand new festival is set to showcase some of the best female composers in the business. Over two incredible nights the inaugural Women in Music Festival will fill RMIT’s Storey Hall with music, art and performances created, curated and performed by women.
The festival is not only bringing incredibly talented women together for two fabulous nights of art, culture and entertainment, but is helping to shed light on what has been an ongoing issue in the music industry – disproportional under representation of female composers and performers. When we spoke with Festival founder Caroline Neeling, she explained how the idea came about and why this festival is so important. “I was the vice president of another festival and was reflecting on it once it had finished. In the final concert we had 40 pieces of music performed and I realised that only 4 were by women. In classical music in Australia 25% of composers are women but only 3-5% of concert performances are by female composers,” she said.
The concerts will be multi-media performances, including photographs, film, live game playing and live interactions with each piece of music. “Noise Drawers is a virtual reality game that was made for festival by Maize Wallin,” said Caroline Neeling. “It involves pulling out drawers with fragments of sound coming out of the drawers.” The festival will also have live music performed alongside silent films over the two nights.
The festival is the first of its kind to solely celebrate the work of female musicians, composers and writers in alignment with International Women’s Day 2019. This unique festival – the first and only one of its kind in the world will present Indigenous, film, games, jazz and classical music, written by women composers. The festival’s artistic director Monica Curro said “the festival will bring together a diverse and extraordinary set of pieces by women including the fabulous film composer Jessica Wells, and will offer exciting performances by stellar musicians including soprano Deborah Cheetham and Greta Bradman.”
For tickets to the Women In Music Festival click here.