Ethel Smyth

BOOK REVIEW: Rise Up With A Song: The True Story Of Ethel Smyth, Suffragette Composer

Do you know a girl who bounces across the lawn, no matter what dress she’s wearing? Jumping, singing, climbing trees? That’s the kind of girl this story is about. That young reader will understand Ethel, who “marched to a different beat,” the picture of joy and curiosity in the proper blue dress that girls like her were expected to wear in the England of the 1860s. The reader will learn that girls like Ethel were supervised by governesses, strict women who expected them to walk only quietly, to speak only when spoken to. Ethel’s governesses kept quitting. But happily for Ethel, and for girls like her in our own time, music comes to the rescue: a piano, a conservatory-trained governess, a Beethoven sonata.
Picture for BOOK REVIEW: Rise Up With A Song: The True Story Of Ethel Smyth, Suffragette Composer

American Symphony Orchestra to Showcase Works by Ethel Smyth, Strauss in 2023

The American Symphony Orchestra is set to continue its 2022-23 season with two special performances at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. First off, the orchestra will present “Organ + Orchestra,” a concert featuring Paul Brodignon and the Bard Festival Chorale. Leon Botstein conducts a program featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 and Dame Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D.
Picture for American Symphony Orchestra to Showcase Works by Ethel Smyth, Strauss in 2023
Slipped Disc

Bach’s town erects plaque to Ethel Smyth

The mayor of Leipzig will unveil a plaque this Thursday on the site of the house where the English composer lived from 1877 to 1881. ‘The memory of the work of an important woman who spent important years in Leipzig is now present in the public space,’ said Mayor Skadi Jennicke.
Picture for Bach’s town erects plaque to Ethel Smyth
Slipped Disc

A picturebook for children about ‘racist’ Ethel Smyth

The feminist composer, riding a wave of Glyndebourne acclaim for her disruptive opera The Wreckers’ is to be the subject of a book for children, out in November. The BBC, in an otherwise adulatory report about the Ethel revival, fastidiously points out: ‘She was a staunch conservative, and held a number of opinions that, while popular in her day, are less so now.’

Ethel Smyth: The Wreckers

After a visit to the coast of England, composer Ethel Smyth became fascinated by the history of "wrecking" - where villagers on the coast would lure ships onto the rocks and plunder the wrecked vessels. Hear music by Ethel Smyth from a piece called "The Wreckers" on today's show. Episode...

KSO This Week: Connecting Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Ethel Smyth

Aram Demirjian, conductor— Guest artist Tanya Gabrielian. Dame Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain’s Mate: Overture. Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (pianist Tanya Gabrielian) Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2. On this week’s Masterworks concerts, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be doing a bit of exploring for treasure. No, not...

Ethel Smyth

English composer Ethel Smyth spent much of her life pushing back against voices that said: "women can't." She was an accomplished composer and an activist in the fight for women's rights. Join us today to hear Ethel Smyth’s ‘Overture to The Wreckers’ from a concert presented by ROCO in Houston, Texas.

Without Ethel Smyth and classical music's forgotten women, we only tell half the story

In 1934, all of musical England gathered to celebrate the 75th birthday of one the country’s most famous composers – Dame Ethel Smyth. During a festival spanning several months, audiences crowded into the Queen’s Hall, London, to hear her symphonic cantata The Prison, or settled in at home to listen to the BBC broadcasts of her work. At the festival’s final concert in the Royal Albert Hall, the composer sat beside Queen Mary to watch Sir Thomas Beecham conduct her Mass. By this point, Smyth was nearly completely deaf, and could barely hear a note of her own music. But she could understand the uproarious applause that surrounded her when the concert ended, acknowledging the lifetime she had given to music.