Radio 3 commissions suffragette anthem

From BBC - January 22, 2018

Relatives of women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst have written a new choral piece marking 100 years of women's suffrage.

The Pankhurst Anthem features music by composer Lucy Pankhurst and text by Helen Pankhurst, based on words written by her great-grandmother.

Lucy said setting the words to music had been "a very humbling experience".

It will premiere on the Radio 3 website on 6 February, exactly 100 years after (some) British women got the vote.

Performed in two parts, the work opens with Echoes of Emmeline, which reflects on the suffragettes' struggle to be enfranchised.

Helen Pankhurst described the second part, called Anthem, as "an upbeat anthem, taking us forward, with community choirs encouraged to take part".

To enable amateur choirs to get involved, vocal scores of the work will be made available to download free of charge from the BBC Radio 3 website.

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