Society of Women Musicians
The Society of Women Musicians was a British group founded in 1911 for mutual cooperation between women composers and performers, in response to the limited professional opportunities for women musicians at the time. The founders included Katharine Emily Eggar, a composer, Marion Scott, a musicologist, and Gertrude Eaton, a singer. 37 women came to the first meeting, including Rebecca Helferich Clarke and Liza Lehmann, who later became the group's first president.
The group had a number of influential musicians as presidents, including Cécile Chaminade, Astra Desmond, Myra Hess, Rosa Newmarch, Evelyn Suart and Elizabeth Poston. The post of vice-president was largely honorary, and was held by woman musicians such as Nadia Boulanger, Imogen Holst, Elisabeth Lutyens, Elizabeth Maconchy, and Fanny Waterman.
Activities included collecting a library, starting a choir and orchestra which gave public and private concerts of works by members of the Society, lectures, and a composers conference. The Society was also active in advocating for professional women musicians in symphony orchestras.
- Grove, SWM
- Sophie Fuller. "Society of Women Musicians", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed March 12, 2007), grovemusic.com (subscription access).
- Musicweb international on Marion Scott and the Socitey