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In April 2016, London Oriana Choir launched a ground-breaking musical venture championing the musical talent of women composers.
The heart of the project, known as five15, was the commissioning of 15 brand new choral works from five women over five years (extended to six due to the Covid pandemic), but it also included a commitment to increase programming of women composers, educational projects, recordings, a competition, a final festival and other initiatives to raise the profile of classical music written by women across the UK, as well as helping to encourage and develop the talents of new young writers.
The five composers-in-residence were Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Rebecca Dale, Jessica Curry, Anna Disley-Simpson, and Hannah Kendall.
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