Talk: Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944)

Thursday 8 March 2018 at 1:00 PM
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, Chobham Road , Woking, GU214AA
£6 Adults | £4 Friends

Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944): Composer, Writer, Suffragette, and Woking Resident

On International Women’s Day, Dr Christopher Wiley, senior lecturer in music at the University of Surrey, will discuss the life and works of Ethel Smyth, one of Woking’s most famous former residents. Smyth entered the music profession at a time when women composers were under-represented internationally, becoming one of the foremost British composers of her generation. A strong female role model on those grounds alone, in 1910 she met Emmeline Pankhurst and pledged a period of service to the suffragette movement. In later years, she developed a secondary career as a writer of memoirs and polemical essays.

Christopher Wiley is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey. He has published on subjects as wide-ranging as musical biography, Haydn, Michael Jackson, and the music of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Chris is also an acknowledged expert on Ethel Smyth, about whom he has written articles in leading journals of musicology on both sides of the Atlantic, CD liner notes and score prefaces, and many conference papers and public talks. He is Publicity Officer for Retrospect Opera, who last year recorded Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate.

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