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To tie in with the centenary of the women’s suffrage movement in the UK, we celebrate the extraordinary Academy women who have blazed a trail in the world of music, helping to break down barriers and make their mark. In the current climate, when women are still having to lobby for equal pay, opportunities and respect, the story of the fight for women musicians to have their voices (and their instruments) heard, strikes a particular chord. On display is a 1930s graduation dress, original scores by pioneering composers Alice Mary Smith and Priaulx Rainier, an Epstein bust of Dame Myra Hess and a colourful ‘music maps’ by contemporary composers, Augusta Reed Thomas and Deborah Pritchard. Discover the stories of some unsung heroines, such as composer Elizabeth Poston, and some well-known names, including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. A full programme of events runs throughout the exhibition:

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Exhibition (temporary)

Royal Academy of Music

Marylebone Road, London, Greater London NW1 5HT England

020 7873 7443

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