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Women in Music Series | A String Quartet – Quart-Ed

9 June 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

The Women’s Club in collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, are hosting a series of evening recitals from to showcase the work of women musicians and composers to help shine the spotlight on women artists.

A String Quartet—Quart-Ed

Quart-Ed loves to show off the versatility of strings across a variety of musical genres and is comprised of Sarah Fei (violin), Caitlin Saniford (violin), Connor Malanos (viola) and Karen Cortez (cello).

These Music Education graduates ensure a range of music is being taught in schools across Australia to inspire the new generation of music lovers. You will hear this variety in their 45-minute set where they will be performing music by notable Australian female composers: Gabrielle Cadenhead, Alice Chance and Monique Claire just to name a few. Not to mention, their very own Caitlin Saniford is a composer in her own right and the quartet will be performing some of her original pieces.

Concert at 6.45pm – for dinner and recital

At the heart of this project are opportunities for women musicians and composers to perform to live audiences. Even before COVID restrictions, women had few opportunities for paid performances in the Australian music industry (“Skipping a beat”, Report, Sydney, 2017). This series aims to recognise the creative enterprise of women performers by giving them space to perform publicly, foster their performance skills, expand their professional networks, and become leaders in the music industry.

“When women meet other women from different areas” says Dean of Sydney Conservatorium, Anna Reid, “creative ideas fly.”

The project brings together The Women’s Club and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium will provide women instrumentalists and singers mostly drawn from their talented pool of students, staff and recent graduates. The musical program includes classical and jazz performances—including work by women composers across two centuries—as well as contemporary art music that draws on the work of women composers who are part of the SCM’s Composing Women postgraduate program.

Arts writing is also crucial to the critical understanding and acceptance of women’s contributions to the music industry. The Women’s Club is also supporting opportunities for emerging women arts writers to prepare articles on the artists and recital programs that help promote the practice of women musicians and composers.

The program is hosted by The Women’s Club, an organisation founded in 1901 by women including feminist and female suffrage activist, Rose Scott. The foundational aim was to promote women’s cultural and intellectual life including through the “giving or arrangement of concerts, musical entertainment” and other cultural events.



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Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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