8 Mar 2018

Upbeat for Thursday 8 March

From Upbeat, 11:34 am on 8 March 2018



We celebrate International Women’s Day with a wide selection of music composed, performed and conducted by women around the world and New Zealand.

The women of RNZ Music on International Women's Day 2018

The women of RNZ Music on International Women's Day 2018 Photo: RNZ

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.

NZSO harpist Carolyn Mills

NZSO harpist Carolyn Mills Photo: Stephen A'Court Photography

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.

New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard (1847 - 1934)

New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard (1847 - 1934) Photo: Public Domain


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.

Salina Fisher

Salina Fisher Photo: SOUNZ

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