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CHARD FESTIVAL OF WOMEN IN MUSIC
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THE FESTIVAL HAS NOT BEEN HELD FOR 7 YEARS NOW
emerged in 1990 as the Country's pioneering showcase of music hardly known to audiences; music excluded from our culture and concert programmes:music written and created by women.
Chard's biennial Festival, advocacy and education work challenges the status quo, brings new music to wide audiences and provides incentives for young women to participate in a field previously denied them. The Festival was inspired by an encyclopedia listing over 6000 international women composers and their absence in concert programmes.
Festival is now only one of many activities
organised by the newly
Chard Foundation of Women in Music all making a
long term difference to
music and help it break through old social and
Background to Chard Festival of Women In Music
of “Top Ten” music events in Europe The
Daily Telegraph May
Chard Festival is Britain's premier Women In Music Festival currently running biennially as a six day event in May. Currently we are working towards the next Festival in May 2003.On alternate years Chard Foundation offers HOTBED a creative symposium for composers and songwriters.
The Festival specialises in music that has been written by women, across the musical spectrum. Participation by male, as well as female, musicians, performers, organisers and audience is encouraged. It is a fact that owing to the origin and rural setting of the Chard Festival its music is enjoyed by an unusually wide cross section of people and it has been more difficult for the local population to marginalise an Event in an area not as well served with music as the larger towns and cities of Britain.
music presented by the Festival is always of high
quality and it is
to the widest possible audience. Over the last
twelve years the Chard
has initiated many ideas and been the radical spark
and opening doors for people to participate in
The Festival has commissioned 13 new works (with assistance from SWA), performed 30 world premiers and over 200 other works, many receiving their 2nd, or UK premier, performance. The Festival has highlighted the contribution made by women in all genres of music from around the world and has hosted international debates, talks & workshops.While we feel well justified in working to break through barriers that prevent women participating fully in music, we have found that in breaking moulds and challenging stereotypes we open doors for a whole range of men and women who, for various reasons do experience prejudice. Our audiences are diverse and the music we offer is wide ranging; men and women may come for a folk concert and then stay for classical, jazz, world music and a voice workshop - that is what makes Chard special.
shoulders with contemporary music, jazz
In its first season the Chard Festival 1990 set itself high ideals; co-founding what is now the European Women's Orchestra, commissioning music, premiering the launch of the Crissy Lee Big Band inspired by Ivy Benson, programming rare performances and attracting a film documentary on the Festival shown twice on HTV.
Festival has repeatedly achieved ambitious
objectives reaching beyond
annual events. It plays a significant advocacy role
for women in music
nationally, running major lottery funded projects
and maintaining an
and community programme. In 2000 Chard Festival’s
into Europe with funding from the European
Commission and the Festivals
international links are growing and include new
project work with women
in music in Zimbabwe.
its conception in 1988 the Festival was organised
and run by a small
of committed, unpaid volunteers.
3 Howards Row, Chard
Somerset TA20 1PH
Tel :00 44 1460 66115
Fax : 00 44 1460 66048
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