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: Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Mezzo Soprano) and Lana Bode (Piano)
17 September 2018, 1-1.45pm at St Martins-in-the-Field, London

Artistic Director of the project, pianist Lana Bode, and mezzo soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons repeat their performance of Domenick Argento’s 1974 song-cycle ‘From the Diary of Virginia Woolf’ at St Martins-in-the-Field, London, on 17 September 2018. The cycle was written for Janet Baker and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. More information