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Celebrating Women in NI Music

On 8 March, in celebration of International Women's Day, Dr Gascia Ouzounian curated a series of events that featured the talents of several students and staff in the School of Creative Arts. The day started with an all-ages improvisation workshop lead by vocalist and Performance Workshop tutor Caroline Pugh. This was followed by a panel on Women in the NI Music Industry that examined the different opportunities and challenges faced by local musicians. An evening concert, CarousELLE, featured SOCA students and staff including Isobel Anderson, Helena Hamilton, Matilde Meireles, Úna Monaghan, Katharine Philippa, Pugh and Ouzounian, as well as local musicians Rachel Anne Coulter, Claire Hall, Catherine Hatt, and Kasey Peters. The concert, which was promoted by a live performance on BBC Arts Extra and a full-page write-up in the Mirror, was played to a packed hall. It was warmly received by audiences, and the musicians are now planning further collaborations.

 
 
CarousELLE poster by Helena Hamilton, MA candidate in Sonic Arts. 
 
CarousELLE was produced by John McGurgan, who along with Kris Strong founded the Carousel improvisation series in 2008. It received generous support from the PRS for Music Foundation and Black Box Belfast. Special thanks go to Sarah Jones from Black Box Belfast, John McGurgan, and all the musicians and production team involved in this memorable day of events.
 
Photos from CarousELLE concert, Black Box Belfast, 8 March 2014.

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