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On 8 March International Women’s day will celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.  It is hoped that the many events and projects planned around the day will help accelerate gender parity.


Programme Name: International Women's Day 2016 - TX: 08/03/2016 - Episode: International Women's Day (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Anti-clockwise from bottom right. Fanny Mendelssohn, Sally Beamish, Judith Bingham, Clara Schumann, Judith Weir, Anna Meredith, Barbara Strozzi, Florence Price, Rebecca Clarke - (C) BBC - Photographer: n/a
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BBC Radio 3 reflects International Women’s Day on 8 March with a full day of programming focusing on women composers and women in music. Beginning with a special edition of Through the Night at 1230am and finishing with Late Junction at 11pm, programmes will include:

Composer Of The Week: Barbara Strozzi, BBC Radio 3 12pm

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Barbara Strozzi. This episode looks at Strozzi becoming the Mistress of Ceremonies at meetings of the Accademia degli Unisoni, presiding over their debates and awarding prizes.


Afternoon On 3, BBC Radio 3 2pm

Katie Derham presents a concert of music by contemporary Welsh female composers performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In Tune, BBC Radio 3 4.30pm

In Tune comes live from London’s Southbank Centre to mark International Women’s Day. Suzy Klein’s guests include comedian Sue Perkins and conductor Sian Edwards.


The Essay: Inspiring Women In Music, BBC Radio 3 10.45pm

Composer Nicola LeFanu tells listeners about her life in music including what, and who, inspires her.


In addition there is a Radio 3 webpage devoted to women composers, ‘Celebrating Women Composers’

This includes a wide selection of clips of recordings of music as well as documentaries and clips of female composers talking in their own words in a selection of archive recordings:



On the theme of celebrating the achievements of Women in the past,

The Lady Who Flew Africa: the Aviatrix, BBC4 2 March 10pm

A documentary following Tracey Curtis-Taylor as she recreates the extraordinary journey made by Lady Mary Heath from Cape Town to London in an open cockpit biplane in 1928.

The Secret History  of My Family BBC2 10 March 8pm

The BBC describe this four part documentary this four-part documentary series as giving “a breakthrough insight into social mobility and stagnation over the past 200 years.”  The first episode of this series focuses on the remarkable story of 16 year  old Caroline Gadbury, a petty thief  transported to Australia in 1828, and her descendants.