Women of the World Festival!


Delighted I have been selected again this year to perform with the WOW Orchestra 2018 for Women of the World Festival in London this weekend, as part of the Southbank Centre’s Women in Classical Music initiative.

Since 2011, this orchestra has been part of Southbank Centre’s WOW festival, a week of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls from around the world. A highlight for the WOW Orchestra is a performance at Royal Festival Hall as part of Mirth Control – an electrifying night of comedy and music performed and inspired by women and hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

This annual WOW highlight is a fun-filled evening where Sandi takes inspiration from pioneering women who made iconic and empowering music for their generation and those that followed.

Featuring Josette Bushell-Mingo with extracts from her show Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone, performing the iconic musician and activist’s music, along with Alice Russell and Zara McFarlane.

Plus the WOW Orchestra led by guest conductor Alice Farnham, Voicelab Choir led by Jessie Maryon Davies and much more!

An exciting weekend ahead!!


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At this extremely busy time of year I am currently preparing for an eight-city concert tour of CHINA with UK based Amadeus Orchestra. Lots to organise beforehand! Next weekend I am off to London for a weekend of rehearsals in the beautiful surroundings of Westminster School, right by Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. On December 26th, with many turkey and ham sandwiches to keep me sustained, I will begin the long journey from Shannon, Ireland to Shanghai, China.

Watch this space for musical updates along the way!