The suffragette composer
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March of the Women - Emily Davison's legacy in classical music
3. The suffragette composer
The most prominent musician among the suffragettes was Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944). Her father – a military man – was deeply opposed to her being a musician. Undeterred, she attended the Leipzig Conservatory and went on to compose a large number of works, with opera 'The Wreckers' considered one of her finest.