Celebrating Women Screen Composers: She Scores returns to Scala Radio
To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Scala Radio will be providing a selection of female-led programming across the day, alongside a new series of She Scores, which begins on Sunday 5th March.
Returning for a third series, this year in partnership with Girls On Film, She Scores will welcome an enviable selection of women composers, all who have had great success in composing screen music and who will be sharing their own musical influences and inspirations.
This year the programmes will be hosted by Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch whose credits include the Bill Nighy-led Oscar contender Living, Jocelyn Pook who scored Eyes Wide Shut, The Wife and The Merchant of Venice, Amelia Warner whose credits include Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr Malcolm’s List and Mary Shelley and Natalie Holt who is the first woman to score a live action Star Wars project with Disney’s Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as Marvel’s Loki and Paddington. Both Emilie and Amelia are also nominated for Best Composer at the 2023 Girls On Film Awards, taking place on 23rd February, when Nainita Desai will present the award to the winner.
The first series, broadcast in 2021, featured Pinar Toprak, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Jessica Curry and Nainita Desai as hosts, and in last year’s series the guest presenters were Rachel Portman, Germaine Franco, Lisa Gerrard and Laura Karpman.
On International Women’s Day itself, Scala Radio will be celebrating inspirational women in music across the day, solely playing music by women composers, and/or starring women soloists and conductors from 9am to 10pm.
There will be special guest curators, such as the world-class conductor – and Scala Radio Residency presenter – Marin Alsop, who will curate an hour of recordings starring women conductors at 4pm, with Penny Smith on Drive. Sam Hughes will also welcome the acclaimed trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth to her show (1-4pm) to perform live in the Scala Sessions.
Since its inception in 2019, Scala Radio has been championing women within their programming and through their long-term work and partnership with the likes of DONNE, Women in Music which saw the station launch a first of its kind Women Composers station last year, The Ivors Academy and Girls On Film.
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She Scores on Scala Radio – Every Sunday 6pm – 8pm from 19th February
Before Series 3 launches on March 5th, listeners will have the chance to revisit some of the shows from Series 2.
19th February: Germaine Franco is the first woman to score a Disney animated feature film with 2021’s Encanto, for which she received a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score, among others. Germaine has provided the music for studio blockbusters, independent features, documentaries, and television series as well as concert and choral music. Franco is the first Latina to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Score and to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch.
26th February: Rachel Portman is one of the most accomplished and in-demand composers for the screen. The first composer to win a scoring Oscar – in 1997 for Emma – Rachel went on to receive two more Academy Award nominations, for Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. She was the first female composer to win a Primetime Emmy Award, for the film Bessie, and she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Soundtrack Cologne awards, the first female composer to receive the honour.
Series 3 of She Scores – new shows hosted by:
5th March: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is an award-winning French pianist/composer. Spanning orchestral film score, bespoke composition and sound design, her work is connected by its evocative and meticulous craft. She scored Harry Wootliff’s debut feature Only You, the critically acclaimed Rocks, psychological horror Censor, Netflix’s The Forgotten Battle and Oliver Hermanus’ Oscar nominated Living. Emilie has been nominated for a BIFA Award and an Ivor Novello Award.
12th March: Jocelyn Pook is an award-winning British composer and musician known for her unique and versatile voice in contemporary music. Her work spans cultures and genres ranging from orchestral and choral to minimal, frequently inspired by found sound and field recordings and conjuring magical and sometimes haunting soundscapes. Pook is also known for her highly acclaimed film scores such as The Wife, The Merchant of Venice, Brick Lane, and Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. In 2018, she won the BAFTA for Best Original Score for the TV film of Mike Bartlett’s play King Charles III.
19th March: Amelia Warner is a Neo-classical composer known for her work on Mary Shelley, Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr. Malcom’s List, and the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced film Young Woman and the Sea, starring Daisy Ridley. Her stunning orchestral scores infused with electronic elements have led to several awards, including Breakthrough Composer of The Year’ at the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards, and nominations in the ‘Discovery of the Year’ category at the World Soundtrack Awards, a Hollywood Music in Media Award, and recognition as a nominee for the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards
26th March: Natalie Holt – Natalie Holt is a multi-award-winning British composer, known for her two-time Emmy-nominated score for Marvel Studios’ Loki and the acclaimed Lucas film series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Her film and television credits include the BAFTA Award-winning series Wallander (BBC), the BAFTA Award-winning series Three Girls (BBC), mini-series Deadwater Fell, the Emmy Award-nominated series The Honourable Woman (HBO Max) and Netflix/Claudia Llosa’s drama feature Fever Dream, to name just a few. Natalie’s numerous awards nominations and wins include the Primetime Emmy Awards, World Soundtrack Awards’ “Television Composer of the Year”, BAFTA, SCL Awards, the Royal Television Society Craft and Design Award, the HMMAs, and “Best International Score” at the Beijing International Film Festival.
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About Scala Radio:
Scala Radio is an entertainment radio station that breaks the mould of classical music in the UK. Presenters include Penny Smith, Angellica Bell, Mark Kermode, Mark Forrest and Simon Mayo. Alongside familiar masters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, you can expect to hear contemporary works including film, TV and video game scores, showtunes from musicals and instrumental re-workings of pop and rock songs by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Led Zeppelin and Dua Lipa.
About Girls On Film:
A fun, feminist film show, Girls On Film was launched by co-founders Hedda Archbold and Anna Smith to answer an urgent need to amplify female voices in film. Hosted by Anna Smith – film critic, broadcaster and former President of The Critics’ Circle – and executive produced by Hedda Archbold, it brings female film critics together with actors, filmmakers and activists to give a fresh perspective on gender in the movies. The podcast has produced over 140 episodes, been nominated Best Live Podcast at the British Podcast Awards, been featured in Deadline, Time Out and The Guardian, and on Radio 4, Sky News, and BBC Breakfast. It was picked out as one of the top four film podcasts in the world by iNews.
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