South Bank changes new composer’s sex

South Bank changes new composer’s sex


norman lebrecht

September 09, 2014

London’s South Bank Centre is so proud that one of its orchestras has commissioned a new concerto it failed to notice the composer’s gender. This, you should know, is Stevie Wishart.

stevie wishart

This is the South Bank’s press release. Sample: At the centre of this concert is a brand new piece by the acclaimed composer Stevie Wishart. His track record encompasses both early music and cutting-edge electronics.

This is the esteemed soloist.




  • Michael Smith says:

    This is pretty poor. It’s not as if Ms Wishart is unknown; her recordings with Sinfonye in particular have received a good deal of acclaim.

  • Ks. Christopher Robson says:

    Appalling! I am amazed that nobody at the SBC marketing & management spotted such a stupid mistake. Considering how well known she is and how long she has been on the music scene in general, it is indeed rather insulting to Ms Wishart.

  • SVM says:

    I suspect that many female composers would actually find this comforting, since it demonstrates that they were commissioned on merit, and not through positive discrimination.

    Conversely, speaking as a male composer whose name has led people to misconstrue my gender, I rather fear being an accidental (and unintended) beneficiary of positive discrimination.

  • Gary Carpenter says:

    One wonders what the Master of the Queen’s Music might think…

  • Osteopath says:

    * Southbank Centre