The Virginia Woolf & Music project explores the role of music in the lives and legacies of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group through concerts, research, workshops, public talks, exhibitions and commissions of new works of art.

Virginia Woolf famously stated ‘I always think of my books as music before I write them,’ and her writing continues to influence composers who have set her words or been inspired by her novels. The project highlights the central role of music in her literary experiments, showcasing music that inspired her writing and that directly responds to her work, including new commissions, world premieres, and little-known music by women composers.

Founded in 2015 with an AHRC Cultural Engagement grant, the UK-based project embraces the feminist, pacifist and cosmopolitan spirit of the Bloomsbury Group. Our collaborators range from primary schools and library reading groups to international academic conferences, theatre companies and renowned performers of classical music.

Forthcoming Events

A Modernist Revue
Chapel of King’s College, London
Friday 21 June 2019, 6.30–8.30 pm

In collaboration with the British Association of Modernist Studies Conference

Join us in the glorious 19th- century Chapel of King’s College London for an evening of music, dance and poetry. This ‘Modernist Revue’ will include the premiere of live artist Deborah Pearson’s rendition of Hope Mirrlees’s 1919 ‘Paris: A Poem’, music from Elena Langer’s critically acclaimed suffragette opera, Rhondda Rips it Up!, performed by singers from the Welsh National Opera, a response to the Ballets Russes from Isabella McGuire Mayes, music by Germaine Tailleferre and Claude Debussy performed by Lana Bode of the Virginia Woolf & Music project and a set from Amit Chaudhuri. The evening will be compèred by BBC Radio 4’s own Zeb Soanes.

Tickets are £10 and can be booked here

The Revue will be followed by a drinks reception generously funded by the Department of English, King’s College London. Organised by Clara Jones (KCL), Natasha Periyan (Kent) and Anna Snaith (KCL)