The University of Wolverhampton has offered to collaborate on a musical celebration of extraordinary women.
Hear Her Song is an initiative of the Canales Project, a not-for-profit arts organisation based in the United States, which promotes the work of women through their own stories told in the medium of song.
Created to celebrate stories of remarkable women leaders, the initiative brings together musical artists, offering powerful insights into women’s leadership worldwide, previously honouring women such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Michelle Obama, for their achievements.
Working with the United Nations (UN) Decade of Women project, the UK premiere of Hear Her Song will bring together female British composers to celebrate the life and work of honourees from the Decade of Women network.
Composition and development workshops will be held at the University’s Performance Hub at the Walsall Campus with Hear Her Song UK premiered in a number of theatres across the region and the UK with US premieres in Washington DC in May, and New York in June 2019.
Dr Sarah Browne, Head of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with this exciting new project designed to celebrate the achievements of women in the UK.
“We offer Music students state-of-the-art facilities in our Performance Hub and it will be amazing for them to be involved in co-producing such a high-profile series of events which will also give them access to world-leading composers and musicians.”
The project, which the University is co-producing, is due to start in September 2018 and the University will be hosting a series of workshops with composers and poets to develop the words of the honourees into song.