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An Introduction to Ethel Smyth: “A born fighter and a rebel”

Join us for an introduction to the extraordinary, iconoclastic figure of composer Ethel Smyth.

an introduction to the extraordinary, iconoclastic figure of composer Ethel Smyth.

Whether it’s mixing with Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Virginia Woolf, Queen Victoria and so many more; leaving home as a teenager to study music in Germany; campaigning and being imprisoned for women’s rights; undertaking numerous extra-marital affairs with both sexes or breaking down all kinds of norms and barriers as a female composer, Ethel Smyth’s life was packed with incident.

How does The Wreckers, Smyth’s most famous opera, embody this same rebellious spirit and approach to life? We’ll be taking a closer look at the music and the themes of this exhilarating and too-long neglected work.

Presented by Alexandra Coghlan. Speakers include: Sophie Fuller (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); Chris Wiley (University of Surrey); Kate Kennedy (Wolfson College, Oxford).

You can watch the talk from 7.00pm on 8 March on this page (below), on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page.

This is a recording of a live talk from November 2021, originally presented to our Members.


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