More on the ladies

Some further papers have been published – which completes my investigations into the distaff side of brass music (at least for the time being!). These are available at

Image21Scoring for the ladies – the women composers of music for brass bands – A brief look the women who have composed music for brass band, and the initiative of the Harrogate Band to highlight their music



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Soft lips on cold metal: female brass soloists of the 19th and early 20th centuries – this looks at those women who were trailblazers in so may ways. Largely cornetists, but with a few on trombone, euphonium and tuba; from the girl prodigies to the mature professional artist, a good number of them also contributed significantly to the bands of the day (both male and female bands) as players in the ranks or as guest




Damen ohne Blasinstrumente – the non-brass ladies’ entertainment groups of the German Empire 1895-1918: an illustrated directory – following on from my look at the brass ensembles of this period, this work documents some of the many other musical and vaudeville acts in Germany. This type of entertainer was not exclusive to the German-speaking world, but they were more common than the equivalent in the UK and USA, and also their self-promotion was much better, in that a lot of their advertising material is still in existence. This paper is split into three parts (due to the size of the pdf files)

Fröhlichen Weiber DE (3)

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