Letter: Women composers left out of Proms

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Sir: With all the usual pomp and circumstance, the Proms are over for another year, generating a small trickle of reviews of what was noteworthy, and what was not. But how about what was not? Not there, I mean. Forgive me for mentioning it, but of the 100-plus composers featured this summer, there was only one woman, and she was not British.

Women composers have always been thin on the ground - in this country, as in others - but is there really no room among all the other long-extinct, stuffed species in the Henry Wood Museum?

Yours faithfully,



13 September