Motherhood and Modernity: The forgotten songs and piano works of Ethel Leginska

9th Jun 2018, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

The Arts Centre

The English-born trailblazer for women in music, Ethel Leginska, was not only a world-class pianist and conductor. She was a renowned composer whose works were performed in some of the world’s leading concert halls and by orchestras such as the L.A. Philharmonic, New York Symphony, London Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic.

In this concert, Dr Lee Tsang (Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Edge Hill University) explores aspects of Leginska’s appealing and distinctive compositional voice by introducing today’s audiences to the musical imagery of her forgotten songs and piano works.

Exhibition – Ethel Leginska: The Musical Pioneer
Monday 21st May 
The Arts Centre Foyer
This exhibition of materials from the Sinfonia UK Collective Leginska Archive tells the extraordinary story of Ethel Leginska, the British pianist who paved the way for women all over the world to find a place on the professional conducting podium.

The exhibition’s updated narrative provides new insight into Leginska’s activities and relationships, her constructed image(s) and ‘voice(s)’ and their contexts. Essential materials (images, documents, recordings), many of which have been newly discovered since the Broadbents’ biography of 2002, have been drawn together into a single archival resource with a view to facilitating future research and to reasserting Leginska’s position within wider consciousness. This new archive fleshes out our understanding of Leginska’s public and private image and clarifies matters relating to her achievements.

A version of this exhibition was previously shown as part of the Women of the World Festival Hull as part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, supported by Arts Council England.



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