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Arts Out West events are also hosted locally at Beckermet, Calderbridge, Drigg,
Florence Mine Arts Centre, Haile, Ravenglass, Santon Bridge and Waberthwaite.
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Saturday 21 April, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Gosforth Public Hall
"Ethel Smyth - Grasp the Nettle"
A new play with music by contralto Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus

Ethel Smyth - Grasp the Nettle

Ethel Smyth, composer, writer and suffragette, was the living embodiment of the passion with which Victorian women challenged the "male machine". She was imprisoned in Holloway with Mrs Pankhurst and was a lover of Virginia Woolf. As a composer, she wrote the anthem for the suffrage movement -
The March of the Women - as well as composing six operas and many sonatas, quartets and song cycles.
In 1902 she was the first female composer to have an opera performed at Covent Garden and, in 1903, she was the first female composer to have an opera performed at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The next time an opera by a female composer was performed at Covent Garden was in 2012 and at The Met it was 2016.


George Bernard Shaw wrote to her "Magnificent! It was your music that cured me for ever of the old delusion that women could not do men's work in art and other things ...You scorned sugar and sentimentality and were exuberantly ferocious."  Following her hugely successful Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! Lucy Stevens presents a new show for 2018 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women in the UK getting the vote. Ethel Smyth - Grasp the Nettle is a whirlwind of Ethel's exploits and passions interwoven with her songs, the story of her greatest opera, The Wreckers, and her battle for an equal voice. It is Illuminated with anecdotes from her confidants, her letters and her own writing "…which is peculiarly beautiful and all of it rippling with life" (Maurice Baring).


Tickets: £10, £5 (u18), £22 (family)


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