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

Concert: Natalie Johnson-Hyde (soprano), Lana Bode (piano)
14 December 2018, 1.10pm at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, London

Artistic Director Lana Bode plays works by Wolf, Hindemith and Dohnanyi as well as Jeremy Thurlow’s ‘A London Street in Winter’- a song commissioned by the project in 2016 and set to a passage from Woolf’s essay ‘Street haunting: a London adventure’

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