Open Session: Illuminate Women's Music

Thursday 22 Aug 2019 5:30pm

Illuminate is a new project to promote the work of emerging women composers and performers. It also gives a platform for historical repertoire by women composers to sit alongside new works. The project has been set up by Dr Angela Elizabeth Slater, a freelance composer who is a strong advocate of the promotion of women’s music both past and present.

For Season II, Illuminate Women’s Music is delighted to announce the formation of a new ensemble, the Illuminate String Quartet, who will be performing across the UK with soprano singer Patricia Auchterlonie!


In Season II, Illuminate Women’s Music has commissioned new works by six women composers. The composers are Caroline Bordignon, Soul Zisso, Joanna Ward and the Illuminate composers in residence Angela Elizabeth Slater, Sarah Westwood and Blair Boyd. The composers will be collaborating  with the performers of the newly formed Illuminate String Quartet and soprano singer Patricia Auchterlonie. The Illuminate String Quartet members are Clarice Rarity (violin), Christine Cornwell (violin), Katherine Clarke (viola) and Cecilia Bignall (cello).These new works will be programmed alongside a wealth historical works by composers such as Rebecca Clarke, Barbara Strozzi, and Ruth Crawford Seeger giving a rich context to the strong but neglected tradition of women’s music, and rightly bringing these works as well as new ones to the attention of new audiences across the UK. You can find out more about Illuminate Women’s Music upcoming concerts for Season II on the Illuminate Women’s Music website.


Illuminate Women’s Music 2019 season II is supported by Ambache Charitable Trust, RVW Trust and Arts Council England.