Okay … have at it: name women composers in the comments. Ready … set … go!
Do note: I’m happy to say that I did play a work by a woman composer (Madeline Dring) on the recital this past Sunday.
Student Jessy McCabe has started a campaign to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus.
After participating in a programme exploring gender inequality, McCabe realised that there were no women amongst the 63 composers featured on the Edexcel A-level music syllabus.
Despite the exam board’s assertion that the course aims to enable students to ‘engage in, and extend the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development’, its head of music seemed reluctant to implement change. In response to an email from McCabe, they wrote: ‘[since] female composers were not prominent in the Western Classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A Level?specification]’.