Francesca Caccini

Francesca Caccini was an Italian Composer, singer, lute player, poet, and teacher of the early Baroque era. She was also known by the nickname “La Cecchina” The Song Bird. She is believed to have been a quick and prolific composer, equal in productivity to her colleagues Francesca was [...]

Fanny Hensel

You have probably not heard of Fanny Hensel. If we call her by her maiden name, Mendelssohn, then maybe there is a clue to her talents. If we consider the words of her father “the only calling which befits a woman is that of a housewife”, then we may get a clue to why she is not better known. [...]

Barbara Strozzi

Female composers have, throughout history, received far fewer plaudits than their male counterparts. They have often suffered the fate of women painters, of being considered wives and muses rather than artists in their own right. With BBC Radio 3 running a series of programmes to celebrate their [...]

Hildegard von Bingen

How is this for an introduction – Saint Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Quite a biography for someone who most of us have heard little about. Hildegard of Bingen was born in 1098, the century of [...]