7 totally badass women of classical music

26 April 2016, 15:14

Inspirational women on International Women's Day

We asked the women of Classic FM – working both on air and behind the scenes – to each pick one woman in the world of classical music who has inspired them. Here’s what they said…

Anne-Marie Minhall on pianist Angela Hewitt

Our Classic FM Requests presenter is inspired by the brilliant pianist Angela Hewitt.




Catherine Bott on alto Clara Butt

Catherine Bott, who presents the Full Works Concert on Thursdays and Fridays, has chosen a fellow singer as her inspirational woman. Dame Clara Butt was a phenomenal woman, as Catherine explains…




Margherita Taylor on…

Well, lots of inspirational women. Margherita, who presents Smooth Classics, couldn’t pick just one – so she’s come up with a list, including Marin Alsop, Alison Balsom and Nicola Benedetti.




Elizabeth Davis on Hildegard of Bingen

That’s me! I work on the digital side of Classic FM (creating quizzes, filming classical music superstars and coming up with hilarious Schoenberg puns). And I want to shine a spotlight on the divine music by Hildegard of Bingen.




Katie Breathwick on Judith Bingham and Roxanna Panufnik

Katie’s is the voice with you from 1-6am Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. And for her inspirational woman, she’s chosen… well, two, actually: the groundbreaking composers Judith Bingham and Roxanna Panufnik. Over to you, Katie…




Olivia Bell on Joyce DiDonato

Olivia works behind the scenes at Classic FM – but she’s also a singer herself. So it’s no surprise she find inspiration in one of the greatest voices of today.





Jane Jones on Clara Schumann

Our Full Works Concert presenter – and the voice of More Music Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays – is inspired by the great virtuoso pianist and composer, Clara Schumann. Isn't it time we heard more of her music in the concert hall, asks Jane…

Jane Jones on the great 19th-century pianist, Clara Schumann

Jane Jones has chosen pianist Clara Schumann for her inspiring woman, this International Women's Day

Posted by Classic FM on Tuesday, 8 March 2016

We'll be marking International Women's Day on air throughout today, Tuesday 8th March, with music written by and music performed by women. This evening's Full Works Concert is dedicated to music written by some of the greatest composers who ever lived – and they just happen to be women. And join Margherita for a special edition of Smooth Classics to mark International Women's Day from 10pm.