International Womens Day project

Oakleigh Brass is very keen to perform music by Australian women, particularly women from Victoria. 

Our International Women’s day project is to research a composer, rescue the music by creating up-to-date arrangements, and then record them to share. These are informal recordings, made during rehearsals.

Please contact Oakleigh Brass for parts and scores if you would like to perform these pieces.

Our 2022 IWD project rediscovered the prolific New South Wales composer  Annie May Summerbelle, with her opus 6 “Valkyrie March


Re-introducing these amazing women:

Caroline Martyr

Florence Donaldson-Ewart

“Mrs Martyr’s waltz” is a wonderful example of her time. Mrs Martyr published this waltz as a fund-raiser to purchase a piano so that she could give music lessons to provide her family with income. Recorded March 2021, in Oakleigh Hall, during COVID restrictions.

Florence Donaldson-Ewart was an accomplished violinist when she arrived in Melbourne in 1907. Florence performed in Melbourne, and taught violin at Melbourne University. Her compositions are now mostly forgotten but were popular in her time. We found this music in the Florence Ewart collection in the Grainger museum. It was first performed on the weekend of the International Women’s Day in 1940. Recorded March 2020, in Oakleigh Hall.