The Proms to commission eight female composers for women's vote centenary

Eight female composers will be commissioned to write new works for this year’s Proms.

The works will help to mark 100 years since (some) women were granted the right to vote with the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

It will also contribute to efforts to redress the gender imbalance in the Proms’ line-up, with work by 22 female composers in total featured this year. The Proms made a pledge earlier this year that they would aim for a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.

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Scott Lindroth