In happier news, some of my readers may well be interested in a new US podcast, She’s A Punk, which interviews women about their involvement with the contemporary punk scene and explores the impact it has had on their lives.
In the classical world, the London Oriana Choir have launched a competition to find a composer-in-residence. The competition is open to all women aged between 18 and 25 and the closing date is the 8 March. The selection panel will include industry luminaries such as composer Cecilia McDowall, conductor Suzi Digby and Tim Brooke from Faber Music. Finalists’ compositions will be performed at a concert in July 2019 and the winner will also be asked to compose three pieces for the choir to perform in 2019/20.
Album releases this month include the following:
The Coathangers, The Devil You Know, 8 March
Sasami, Sasami, 8 March
Amanda Palmer, There Will Be No Intermission, 8 March
Ibibio Sound Machine, Doko Mien, 22 March
Ex Hex, It’s Real, 22 March
Jenny Lewis, On the line, 22 March
Lucy Rose, No words left, 22 March
Hands Off Gretel, I want the world, 29 March
Plenty of artists are on tour at the moment, or will be over the coming months, including the punk pop/metal band Hands Off Gretel, who are well worth seeing.