Juice introduces ‘female composers T-shirts’

24 February 2016

Earlier this year, Juice Vocal Ensemble introduced a T-shirt design featuring the names of 16 female classical composers, ranging from the Greek poet Sappho and Italian baroque composer Barbara Strozzi, to English film composer Rachel Portman and South Korean Unsuk Chin.

Juice’s design stresses an important point, as the past few years have seen an increased discussion of why female classical composers have historically received less attention than their male counterparts, and how to change it.

Last year, in celebration of the  International Women’s Day 2015, BBC Radio 3 dedicated a day of programming to female composers, Celebrating Women Composers.

And in August, a student petition lead to the inclusion of female composers in Edexcel’s A-level music syllabus, which prior to the petition had only included male composers.  

Juice’s T-shirts certainly show support of all the female composers out there, past, current and future. As Juice puts it: “Fed up of people saying to you, "But there aren't any female classical composers!"? Looking for an interesting fashion item that is also a great conversation starter at hipster mocktail parties?! - Well look no further!!!”

The T-shirts are available in three simple and eye-catching designs, and are selling like hotcakes through Juice’s Bandcamp page. People are also sharing photos on Twitter of themselves in the T-shirt under #femalecomposertee.

All funds from the sales will go towards Juice’s performance projects, commissioning, recording and promoting new music across the UK and abroad.