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A celebration of the extraordinary Academy women who blazed a trail in the world of music.

In the current climate, when women are still having to lobby for equal pay, opportunities and respect, the story of the fight for women musicians to have their voices (and their instruments) heard, strikes a particular chord.

On display will be a 1930s graduation dress, original scores by pioneering composers Alice Mary Smith and Priaulx Rainier, an Epstein bust of Dame Myra Hess and a colourful ‘music maps’ by contemporary composers, Augusta Reed Thomas and Deborah Pritchard.

Discover the stories of some unsung heroines, such as composer Elizabeth Poston, and some well-known names, including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Royal Academy of Music Museum

Marylebone Road, London, Greater London, NW1 5HT

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Opening times

Mon – Fri, 11.30am – 5.30pm
Sat, 12noon – 4pm

Closed Sun, Bank Holidays and all Dec

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