I thought I’d share a few pics from the inaugural MSS Women in Music event on Tuesday. The very classy cocktail event was enthusiastically attended by students from the UWA Music Department. What a privilege to present alongside fellow UWA graduates percussionist Louise Devenish and conductor Jessica Gethin.

Louise Devenish, Jessica Gethin and me

Louise gave a hefty introduction to the topic of gender and music before a moody performance of a percussion work by Cat Hope. Jessica shared her journey as a conductor with tips on how to survive a cut-throat industry. I was delighted at the responsiveness of the audience to my presentation of Australian women composers in Women of Note.

There was a student composer among those who came up afterwards to thank me for addressing a topic so relevant and inspiring to their lives. It’s certainly nice to have an audience of passionate musicians!

Congratulations to Rishma Pragash and the well-organised MSS team for a fantastic launch. I hope there will be many more.

Selfie with students Hannah Tungate and Clare Tweedie