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BBC Radio3 In Tune, Karin Hendrickson, guest

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IWD 2019: Women in Front

This is what a conductor looks like.

Every year on 8 March, Radio 3 marks International Women’s Day by devoting its entire schedule to music by women composers.

In 2019, as well as learning about the women behind the music, we’re hearing directly from some of the women in front of it – the conductors.

Although it's not as rare to see women on the podium as it was in the past, the number of women conductors in the UK is still comparatively small. The last five years have seen a flurry of new initiatives designed to support and encourage women to take up roles in musical leadership. But will the momentum last?

Throughout 8 March, we'll hear the perspectives and experiences of eight women in musical leadership, all at different stages in their careers.
In Tune – Karin Hendrickson:

Replay here:

[Interviewed at 18:49s; 24:12s; 52:44s]

Karin Hendrickson “People are starting to change what they can change within their systems. Hopefully, that means the bigger system will get healthier – for woman and for men, and for orchestras. Because this is not only about women, it's about the system. You need the system to work in a way that identifies pure musicianship and pure talent and move that forward. Because frankly, at the end of the day, we're in the business of curating culture.”