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Witches, bitches, spinsters and whores! Women have been attacked whenever they have dared to stand up, fight back or be true to themselves. But, as American writer and activist Audre Lord said unapologetically ‘Women are powerful and dangerous’.
After their ‘exuberant’ (WhatsOnStage) appearance in Tom Stuart’s After Edward, London’s LGBT+ classical choir The Fourth Choir returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to celebrate fascinating and inspiring women who have changed our world.
From Queen Elizabeth I and Lady Phyll, to Sappho and Sarah Bernhardt, Nina Simone and Lyra McKee, the concert will tell the histories of both well-known and hidden figures and will be narrated by two more powerful women, Annette Badland (Edward II, After Edward) and the Choir’s Patron, international opera singer, Dame Ann Murray.
The music will be just as diverse with compositions by Poulenc, Bach, Baroque nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, African-American Rosephayne Powell, Renaissance Italian singer Barbara Strozzi, as well as by contemporary composers Cecilia McDowall and BAFTA winner, Jessica Curry, best known for composing scores for video games.
‘The Fourth Choir floods through the Wanamaker singing the Pet Shop Boys’ Liberation… And everything seems that little bit brighter.’
— Time Out on After Edward
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