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Harlow Chorus champions suffragette composer 

General / Sun 24th Mar 2024 at 09:22am

HOT on the heels of its sell-out winter concert, Harlow Chorus is returning to St John’s Church in Epping on Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm for a not-to-be-missed concert featuring music from one of Britain’s most colourful women composers and a work by the winner of the Harlow Chorus Young Composer Competition.

The centrepiece of the concert is the power and glory of the Mass in D by Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), an astonishing woman who took on male privilege and became one of the most prominent composers of her time, as well as a leading activist in the movement for women’s suffrage. In 1912, she even served time for the cause in Holloway prison where she was found conducting her fellow prisoners with a toothbrush as they sung her March of the Women in the exercise yard.

“Harlow Chorus is always keen to showcase brilliant but neglected female composers, whose works are only now coming back into the limelight and getting the recognition they deserve,” says Rosemary Davis, the new chair of Harlow Chorus. “The choir is also delighted to take an active role in supporting talented new British composers.”

The audience will also hear the first ever performance of The Lord is My Light, a setting of Psalm 27 by David McGregor, who won the choir’s inaugural competition for young composers. David will be at St John’s to hear his work brought to life. 

Tickets are £15 (under 18s: £5). To book visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/harlowchorus

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