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Episode 1

For many centuries, women composers and performers were kept from public view. Tradition deemed it only proper that females confine themselves to the domestic arts and leave the concert hall to the men. Considered a novelty, women's music might be heard at best in drawing rooms and recital parlours.

In this week's Afternoon on 3, Katie Derham showcases some of the works which found their way into the repertoire, including those by Clara Schumann and Germaine Tailleferre. She'll be launching the week with a piece by leading Northern Ireland composer Elaine Agnew, written in 1994.

Première recordings of rediscovered works by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford also feature today, together with some of the finest Ulster Orchestra performances from the last year.

Elaine Agnew: Strings Astray
Ulster Orchestra
Jane Glover (conductor)

Stanford: Overture in the Style of a Tragedy
Ulster Orchestra
Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)

Stanford: A Fairy Day
Ulster Youth Choir (female voices)
Ulster Orchestra
Howard Shelley (conductor)

Hamilton Harty: With the Wild Geese
Ulster Orchestra
Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)

3pm
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto
Sa Chen (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Howard Shelley (conductor)

Robert Schumann: Symphony No.4
Ulster Orchestra
Paul Watkins (conductor)

Tailleferre: Harp Concerto
Catrin Finch (harp)
Ulster Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

4.20pm
Bizet: Symphony in C
Ulster Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta (conductor).

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