Birmingham music student produces new work to mark International Women’s Day


A music student at Birmingham City University has joined forces with a group of female composers to create a new piece of music to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Rosie Tunley, from Lichfield in Staffordshire, was teamed together with 11 other young female composers from across the country by BBC Proms Inspire.

Now in its 19th year, the BBC Proms Inspire scheme provides like-minded composers with opportunities to develop their musical creativity whilst working alongside some of the UK’s top composers and musicians.

“The project was run by contemporary composer Hannah Kendall and we all worked together for three consecutive days in February to create a new piece of music and spoken word, with text provided by poet Sabrina Mahfouz”, said Rosie who studies Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

“It was so moving and inspiring to perform alongside so many talented female musicians.

“When you put 12 young women in a room together so much becomes possible that wouldn’t be possible for you to achieve on your own. I feel this doesn’t just apply in music, but in all walks of life.”

Rosie will discuss the musical piece on International Women’s Day on 8 March, live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme from 5pm.

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