Top to bottom: Anne Boyd and Callum Moncrieff. Elena Kats Chernin, Sally Walker, Kiera Stevens. Helen Gifford. Laila Engle, Lisa Cheney. Peggy Polias. R.E Smith.

As part of International Women’s Day – 3MBS is hosting an all day broadcast showcasing a collection of inspiring Australian composers and performer from across the country and around the world.



The day will also include many special programs and events produced specially for International Women’s Day

Three part short segment series on the creation of a new work! Presented by Felicity Cronan, produced by Stefanie Kechayas.

Part 1 – Broadcast at 8am during Daybreak: Commission – includes an interview with Mary Vallentine, CEO of Melbourne Recital Centre.

Part 2 – Broadcast at 12:30pm during Divertimento: Performers – includes an interview with Laila Engle, flautist with Syzygy Ensemble.

Part 3 – Broadcast at 6pm during Intermezzo: Composer – includes an interview with Sally Greenaway, commissioned by the Merlyn Myer Women’s Composing Commission, co-developed with the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Live-to-air performance by Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos (Plexus Ensemble) with guest clarinet player, Mitchell Jones at 11am during Morning Recital. Patrons event featuring guest of honour, Mary Finsterer, who’s piece, Movement 1 – Nobility from Julian Suite No.1 (2015), will be performed. Includes live interview with Mary and Monica post performance. Other repertoire: Sally Greenaway Quietude (2015) and Sally Whitwell The Web (2015).

The Talent 7pm – features live to air broadcasts of female performers WenYu Cao (piano) and Yebin Yoo (violin) performing Clara Schumann Pieces Fugitive No.1 and Margaret Sutherland Nocturne. Panel members, Chris Howlett and Stefan Cassomenos.

Notes on a Page 8pm – 10pm – Documentary following the history of female composers in Australia and where the future lies for music making. Includes interviews with and music by Helen Gifford, Anne Boyd, Liza Lim, Mary Finsterer, Katy Abbott and Matthew Hindson among others. Produced by Adele Schonhardt, Amy Bennett, Laila Engle and Stefanie Kechayas. Also includes live recordings made by Fine Music 102.5.

Live to air performance by Olivia Chindamo at 10pm during Jazz Rivers – includes interview with Olivia following her performance.

The Female Australian Composers Project was supported by Musica Viva Australia, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian Music Centre and was funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

Listen to the 3 part segment series, Creating a New Work, here:

Part 1 – Commissioning

Part 2 – The Performers

Part 3 – The Composer