We celebrate International Women’s Day with a wide selection of music composed, performed and conducted by women around the world and New Zealand.
1pm Tugging on the harp strings
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s principal harpist Carolyn Mills discusses female representation in orchestras, teaching the next generation of girls how to play the harp and whether performing Star Wars is empowering for her.
1.30pm Kate Sheppard’s influence on music
Yesterday was the 125th anniversary of the suffragette movement in New Zealand, and today is International Women’s Day. Upbeat talks to Esther Stephens and Luke di Somma about their musical That Bloody Woman, and discusses the legacy of suffragettes like Kate Sheppard on music.
We continue recognising outstanding women in music including Rebecca Clarke who won a competition with her viola sonata under a male pseudonym in 1919, & we hear Kiwi composer Salina Fisher’s Rainphase.