In the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, just 12 per cent of musicians are women

These graphs reveal a worrying gender disparity in the world’s top orchestras

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6 reasons why you should listen to Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No.3 right now

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

10 of today’s best women conductors

Imogen Cooper

‘Accept that you won’t play everything equally well’ – pianist Imogen Cooper shares her advice for young musicians

Amy Beach

We need to tell you about Amy Beach, the first American woman to publish a symphony

Women pianists

14 of the very best women pianists

Elizabeth Rowe is paid $70,000 less than her male counterpart

Flautist sues top US orchestra in equal pay row

Nadine Benjamin

‘I quit banking to become an opera singer’ – rising star Nadine Benjamin

iconic female artists

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New York Philharmonic's Opening Gala celebrating their 175th Anniversary Season

Women could finally be allowed to wear trousers in the oldest US orchestra

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Fact: Beyoncé is actually an insanely good operatic mezzo-soprano in disguise

Renée Fleming

Women’s voices temporarily drop by two semitones after pregnancy

Thea Musgrave at The Ivor Novello Awards

‘We communicate our truest human nature through music’: composer Thea Musgrave, who was honoured at The Ivor Novello Awards

Marni Nixon dubbed the voices of Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

Who was Marni Nixon, the ‘ghost singer’ behind Hollywood’s famous actresses?

German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter

When were women first allowed to join the orchestra?

Soloist cries in Schindler's List

Soloist is left in tears after an emotional performance of ‘Schindler’s List’