Kathleen Ferrier “What is Life?”

Watch Kathleen Ferrier documentary on The Hobbledehoy


Folk Radio UK Album Review: Talisk “Beyond”

Part dance, part birdsong, but all beautiful, the track opens like a warm summer day, and as the heat builds towards a storm to unleash belligerent strings, a strong sense of the wild. 


It’s hard to think of a band that has achieved so much and made such an impact on the trad music scene in their first 3 years, as Glasgow based trio Talisk. ‘Beyond’ is the next thrilling step on that journey as they bring ever more craft and excitement to their music [ . . . ]

Read full review at FRUK: Talisk: Beyond (Featured Album Review) | Folk Radio UK

Get singing: The Pankhurst Anthem

On 6 February 1918, a ground-breaking Act of Parliament allowed some women in the United Kingdom to vote for the first time.Although it would be another ten years before all UK women could vote on the same terms as men, it was a momentous step on the road to voting equality.

100 years later to the day, BBC Radio 3 is marking this important centenary of women’s suffrage with a special commission.We’ve joined forces with two descendants of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to produce a new choral work that singers from around the country are invited to perform.

The Pankhurst Anthem Composer Lucy Pankhurst has written a beautiful choral setting for a text by the activist and writer Helen Pankhurst, based on a powerful address given by her famous great-grandmother, Emmeline.

The Pankhurst Anthem is comprised of two sections. The first, Echoes of Emmeline, adapts words by Emmeline Pankhurst to reflect on the suffragettes’ struggle to be enfranchised. The second section, Anthem, is more upbeat in tone and explores the modern repercussions of the suffrage movement [ . . . ]

Hear the music at: BBC Radio 3 – Breakfast – Get singing: The Pankhurst Anthem

From Judi to Edna: the women who electrified the 70s – in pictures

In 1977, the National Portrait Gallery staged a landmark exhibition, featuring 90 portraits of eminent British women photographed by Mayotte Magnus. The gallery is now updating the project with Illuminating Women, which runs until 24 March [ . . . ]

See more photographs at THE GUARDIAN