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.


Congratulations to Artistic Director, pianist Lana Bode, on the release of her debut album with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons.

The album, I and Silence: Women’s Voices in American Song, includes Dominick Argento’s song-cycle, From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. This song-cycle was performed by the duo at the 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (The Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds, June 2016) and at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (September 2018)

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