24-hour concert featuring music by solely female and non-binary composers set
to break Guinness World Record

In a ground-breaking move toward gender equality in music, Donne, Women in Music – a UK foundation dedicated to championing women in the music industry – is poised to set a Guinness World Record with “Let HER MUSIC Play”. This revolutionary 24-hour live-streamed concert, featuring music exclusively by women and non-binary composers, aims to establish the “Longest Acoustic Music Live-Streamed Concert”.

The event will bring together a diverse range of artists, transcending musical genres from classical to contemporary, jazz, pop and folk. The impressive lineup includes sopranos Carolyn Sampson OBE, Gabriella Di Laccio and Helen Lacey, mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, tenors Tim Parker-Langston, Thomas Elwin and Daniel Norman, baritone Roderick Williams OBE and genre-defying string quartet Vulva Voce, with many more artists set to join.

Di Laccio, founder of Donne and driving force behind the initiative, expressed her passion for transforming the music industry. “This event is my way of trying to connect people around the world to join me on this cause,” she said. Aligned with the historic concert is the launch of the “£1 FOR EQUALITY CAMPAIGN”, encouraging donations to support Donne Foundation’s initiatives advancing diversity and creating opportunities for women in music.

The Donne Foundation has been at the forefront of transformative initiatives. Notable achievements include the 2022 Equality & Diversity in Global Repertoire report, a landmark study which analysed over 20,400 works by 111 orchestras across 31 countries; The Big List, showcasing over 5,000 women composers from mediaeval times to the present day; strategic partnerships with organisations like the Royal Albert Hall and Apple Music; and a consultative and educational role promoting the visibility and recognition of women composers.

The event, which takes place at the Embassy of Brazil’s Sala Brasil in London and will be live streamed to the world via YouTube, will begin at 12pm on Thursday 22 February and conclude at 2pm the following day.

For more information and to contribute to the £1 FOR EQUALITY CAMPAIGN,
visit Donne Foundation