Notes for Women: The Early Years

Notes for Women

Bristol Ensemble
Women of the Choir of Royal Holloway
Rupert Gough conductor
Mariana Flores soprano
Natalia Lomeiko violin
Roger Huckle director

Hildegard von Bingen O Vis Aeternitatis (Responsorium); Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite (Responsorium)
Barbara Strozzi Che si può fare; Lagrime mie; L’amante segreto; È pazzo il mio core
Antonia Bembo M’ingannasti in verità
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre Prelude from Cembalo Suite No. 1 in D minor
Francesca Caccini Ciaconna
Isabella Leonarda Sonate duodecima
Maddalena Laura Sirmen Violin Concerto No.3 in A

Marking the centenary of women being granted the vote in Britain, the Bristol Ensemble is staging Notes For Women, a year-long celebration of music by women composers.

This concert, staged in collaboration with St George’s Bristol, illustrates the history of women composers before 1800 with a selection of works from the medieval to Baroque periods.

The women of the Choir of Royal Holloway perform music by the medieval German Benedictine abbess, composer and mystic Hildegard von Bingen. The professional orchestra is joined by the soprano Mariana Flores to perform exquisite songs by Barbara Strozzi, the most prolific composer – man or woman – of printed secular vocal music in Venice in the middle of the 17th century. Natalia Lomeiko performs the Third Violin Concerto by the Venetian-born composer and violinist Maddalena Laura Sirmen, a pupil of Tartini who became a celebrity soloist of the day.

Read more about the composers  whose music features in this concert in our profiles:

Hildegard of Bingen
Barbara Strozzi
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Francesca Caccini
Isabella Leonarda
Maddalena Laura Sirmen

Tickets £20, £15, £12 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001, over the counter at St George’s or online at