Composer Russell Hepplewhite & writer Helen Eastman celebrate International Women’s Day with Herstory

Herstory is a three-part series that celebrates the achievements of three amazing women through the medium of music. This comes as a collaboration between acclaimed British composer Russell Hepplewhite and writer/lyricist Helen Eastman, featuring the Farnham Youth Choir (conducted by Patrick Barrett). Arriving just ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8th), this special project has been designed to teach children the importance of celebrating historical women.

Below you can listen to the stories of three figures who changed the world as we know it, mathematician Katherine Johnson (‘In The Numbers’), palaeontologist Mary Anning (‘Sea Shores’) and astronomer Caroline Herschel (‘Comet Crazy’). Not only is this listening experience a highly informative one, but it’s also a way to connect with classical sounds and poetic lyricism.

Speaking about the Herstory project, Hepplewhite explains: 

“Herstory is a song-cycle for youth choirs to perform. It was commissioned by Farnham Youth Choir; and was first performed at the Menuhin Hall in Summer 2021. The songs are inspired by three fascinating female pioneers from the past; Katherine Johnson; Mary Anning; and Caroline Herschel. The aim of the cycle is to introduce young singers to these three towering historical figures through playful and atmospheric music, and imaginative words.”

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