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DIANA AMBACHE is the only woman in Britain to found and direct
her own classical chamber orchestra. She has given numerous performances of Mozart Piano
Concertos and made recordings of ten of them, plus others of his chamber music. She has
pioneered the revival of music by women composers of the last 250 years,
in the concert series Women of Note,
which led to a web site of the same name. With the Orchestra, she has given 40 premieres of works by these composers.
International touring with the oboist Jeremy Polmear has taken her to thirty three
countries on five continents. Together they have performed programmes
of words and music with actors such as Jenny Agutter and Billie Whitelaw. They also run management
training courses, applying principles from the Arts to business.
Diana has broadcast frequently on the BBC, is a specialist lecturer for
Martin Randall Travel, speaks frequently on women composers, is publishing their music, and has
contributed to the Independent, the Grove Dictionary, Classic fm Magazine, and the BBC Music Magazine.
She was shortlisted for the European Women of Achievement Awards 2002, for her work reviving, performing and recording music by women composers.
photo: Peter Wiggins
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