They Clapped Until She Bowed Once More: 100 Years of Women’s Music

The Filmspot team have an exciting winter ahead – for starters, we have our first event in London!

We’re going to be up at St James’s Piccadilly next Friday, 4th November, assisting Amy Cunningham at the upcoming concert, They Clapped Until She Bowed Once More: 100 years of Women’s Music, presented by Contemporary Connections.

Female composers have fought for years against the perception that writing music is a man’s game. This misperception will be challenged at a concert to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Society of Women Musicians (SWM).

The concert will include pieces written by women in the early and mid twentieth century against a background of suffrage, feminist campaigning and social change. These will be juxtaposed with specially commissioned responses from three contemporary composers Amy Cunningham, Lynne Plowman and Rhian Samuel.

Filmspot will be working on the video projections for Amy Cunningham’s performance for voice and single screen video, On Standby (2011)

In 1944, a young Daphne Oram who was later to become pioneer of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, worked at the Royal Albert Hall as a programme engineer. She was on standby to sync up gramophone records with live music in case of a bombing raid.

‘On Standby’ is part of a series of works investigating the role of women in the assimilation of pioneering technology into culture. Shifting between recorded material and live voice, this work uses imagery and sound from contemporary mobile phone advertising and seeks out fault lines and limitations in their construction and content. The voice is intended as a way to access these fault lines, to amplify them and to pose questions.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, telephone 020 73810441 for reservations. For more information, contact or find contemporary connections on Facebook.

Amy Cunningham: Biography

Process, transformation and mediation are central to Amy Cunningham’s practice. Her artworks are realised in a variety of media including film, video, sound, drawing and performance. A key medium is her classical singing voice. She sees her artworks as vehicles that travel back and forth between the obsolete and the futuristic, exposing and embracing gaps and glitches in forms, media or ideas. This process has led to a series of works in which a conflation of time periods and subject matter occurs, including a fictional computer game in a real 18th century garden, opera as a video installation and an Internet broadcast as a song cycle. Cunningham has recently been selected for the PRS for Music Foundation, New Music Incubator 2011-2012.

Amy Cunningham studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art, London and The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Since 2000 she has exhibited performance, installation and screen-based work in various galleries and Festivals in Europe including: Café OTO, Norwich Gallery, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery London, Soundwaves Festival, Brighton, ZINGERpresents, Netherlands, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, SC Gallery Zagreb, Croatia and Serpentine Gallery, London. Since 2004 she has been a key member of the artist collective SpRoUt. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Music and Visual Art, University of Brighton.