Before an evening concert, members of Her Ensemble and RCM chamber ensemble standard issue host a public workshop.
Her Ensemble was founded during the first year of the Covid pandemic by RCM alumna Ellie Consta in response to the discovery that only 3.6% of classical music pieces performed worldwide in 2019 were written by women. The free-form group shine a light on music written by women, most of which has been overlooked for centuries, whilst merging aspects from popular culture and classical music in order to make this accessible for everyone.
As part of FestivALL, Her Ensemble members will mentor and join forces with standard issue, a collective of current RCM students, to workshop and explore a variety of music past and present written by women spanning from 450BC to the present day. The open and relaxed nature of this setting welcomes audiences to interact with the rehearsal process, discover new music, and gain insight into how we can use art to both connect people and create meaningful change for the future of classical music.