Five Under 35 - Contemporary British Women Composers

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01Cheryl Frances-hoad20150309

Donald Macleod speaks to composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of female composers for International Women's Day, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work - as they discuss the issue of women in music from a contemporary perspective. Featuring music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Dobrinka Tabakova, Hannah Kendall, Anna Clyne and Charlotte Bray. Join the conversation online by tweeting @bbcradio3 with the hashtag #womensday.

Donald's first guest this week is Cheryl Frances-Hoad (1980-), who despite her young age has already been composing for a quarter of a century, and who won the BBC Young Composers' Competition in 1996 at the age of 15. Described by music critic Paul Driver as "a remarkable talent", Cheryl Frances-Hoad's music blends the influence of the English 20th-century tradition (Britten, Tippett) with inflections of contemporary life in 2015.

02Dobrinka Tabakova20150310

Donald Macleod speaks to composer Dobrinka Tabakova.

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of female composers for International Women's Day, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work? As they discuss the issue of women in music from a contemporary perspective. Featuring music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Dobrinka Tabakova, Hannah Kendall, Anna Clyne and Charlotte Bray. Join the conversation online by tweeting @bbcradio3 with the hashtag #womensday.

In today's episode, Donald interviews the British-Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova (1980-), whose music shimmers with "glowing tonal harmonies and grand sweeping gestures", according to the leading magazine The Strad. Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Dobrinka Tabakova moved to the UK at the age of 11. Her lushly tonal, often highly Romantic music has been praised by figures as eclectic as John Adams, Iannis Xenakis and Alexander Goehr - and questions what it really means to be 'radical' in 2015.

03Hannah Kendall20150311

Donald Macleod speaks to composer Hannah Kendall.

Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work - as they discuss the issue of women in music from a contemporary perspective. Featuring music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Dobrinka Tabakova, Hannah Kendall, Anna Clyne and Charlotte Bray.

Today's featured composer is Hannah Kendall (1984-), who joins Donald Macleod to discuss the varied influences on her music: her work with the poet Rick Holland, the paintings of Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili, and her own British-Caribbean heritage.

04Anna Clyne20150312

Donald Macleod speaks to composer Anna Clyne down the line from New York City.

Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work - as they discuss the issue of women in music from a contemporary perspective. Featuring music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Dobrinka Tabakova, Hannah Kendall, Anna Clyne and Charlotte Bray.

Anna Clyne (1980-) is today's featured composer - a creator of acoustic and electroacoustic soundscapes, whose music combines traditional instruments and harmonies with propulsive electronic textures and sonic experimentation. Now based in New York City, she joins Donald Macleod down the line from the USA to discuss her highly original musical voice and the influence of the visual arts on her work.

05Charlotte Bray20150313

Donald Macleod speaks to composer Charlotte Bray.

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of female composers for International Women's Day, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work - as they discuss the issue of women in music from a contemporary perspective. Featuring music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Dobrinka Tabakova, Hannah Kendall, Anna Clyne and Charlotte Bray. Join the conversation online by tweeting @bbcradio3 with the hashtag #womensday.

Donald's final guest this week is Charlotte Bray (1982-), who began composing only in her early 20s, yet who has been acclaimed as among the outstanding talents of her generation. She talks to Donald about the influence of the English landscape upon her work - from the perspective of an expat in Berlin.