|Louise Devenish, Jessica Gethin and me|
Louise gave a hefty introduction to the topic of gender and music before a moody performance of a percussion work by Cat Hope. Jessica shared her journey as a conductor with tips on how to survive a cut-throat industry. I was delighted at the responsiveness of the audience to my presentation of Australian women composers in Women of Note.
There was a student composer among those who came up afterwards to thank me for addressing a topic so relevant and inspiring to their lives. It's certainly nice to have an audience of passionate musicians!
Congratulations to Rishma Pragash and the well-organised MSS team for a fantastic launch. I hope there will be many more.
|Selfie with students Hannah Tungate and Clare Tweedie|