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Diversity in Repertoire


Repertoire choices are key to me - they play a major part in my role as an 'Artistic Citizen', and deciding what repertoire to present is a significant part of my work as a conductor. My musical tastes have always been very wide-ranging - my playlists and CD collections include anything from CPE Bach to Billy Joel, from Beethoven to The Beatles, from Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong or ABBA to Brahms, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Ravel.


My conducting repertoire reflects these wide interests, and I have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity in my programming: from historical performance (e.g. CPE Bach / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment);

to American composers less well-known in Europe (e.g. Henry Hadley, George Frederick Bristow, Lou Harrison);

to unduly neglected composers (e.g. Dorothy Howell, Ethel Smyth, Emilie Mayer, Lili Boulanger, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still)

to championing contemporary composers (e.g. Gabriela Lena Frank, Pierre Jalbert, Aaron Jay Kernis, Andrea Tarrodi, Hannah Kendall).

BELOW'll find a non-exhaustive and ever-growing list of works by female and black composers that I've conducted in recent seasons.

Examples of my programme curation can be found on the Concerts page of my website - here

Music by Female composers: 


Grazyna Bacewicz: Overture

Amy Beach: Piano Concerto 

Sally Beamish: City Stanzas (piano/orchestra)

Henriëtte Bosmans: Poeme for Cello/Orchestra

Lili Boulanger: Faust et Helene

Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin du Printemps

Cecil Chaminade: Concertstuck for Piano/Orchestra

Louise Farrenc: Overture no. 1

Louise Farrenc: Overture no. 2

Louise Farrenc: Symphony no. 2

Louise Farrenc: Symphony no. 3

Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances

Gabriela Lena Frank: Concertino Cusqueño

Gabriela Lena Frank: Pachamama Meets an Ode (co-commissioner)

Gabriela Lena Frank: La Llorona (viola/orchestra)

Dorothy Howell: The Rock 

Dorothy Howell: Divertissements

Dorothy Howell: Koong Shee

Dorothy Howell: Lamia

Dorothy Howell: Humoresque

Dorothy Howell: Piano Concerto

Hannah Kendall: The Knife of Dawn (chamber opera)

Molly Kien: Pyramid

Chan Hae Lee: Five Pansori Songs

Emilie Mayer: Symphony no. 5

Emilie Mayer: Faust Overture

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst

Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto

Ethel Smyth: Serenade

Ethel Smyth: Overture to ‘The Wreckers’

Ylva Skog: They Call Her Love

Germaine Tailleferre: Harp Concertino

Germaine Tailleferre: Partita

Andrea Tarrodi: Number 9, Number 9 (commissioner)

Andrea Tarrodi: Serenade in 7 colours

Andrea Tarrodi: Lucioles

Andrea Tarrodi: Zephyros

Judith Weir: Forest

Grace Williams: Fantasy on Nursery Rhymes

Ayanna Witter-Johnson: Faiya



 Music by Black composers: 


Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Petite Suite

Samuel Coleridge Taylor: The Bamboula

Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Othello Overture

Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Novelletten 

Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast

Duke Ellington: Harlem

Duke Ellington: Night Creature

Ulysses Kay: Of New Horizons

Hannah Kendall: The Knife of Dawn

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst

William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1

Ayanna Witter-Johnson: Faiya


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