Cayenna has been awarded a grant by the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy for promoting the work of established and emerging women composers.

The grant was awarded for the upcoming GrassRoots Festival Orchestra concert on Sunday, 24 July at the GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, New York.

The concert will feature the work of two emerging women composers: Rachel Lockwood and Kathleen Ballantyne as well as a movement from the magnificent viola sonata of Rebecca Clarke as orchestrated by Ruth Lomon.

Rachel Lockwood's new work for soprano and orchestra is part of a larger commissioning project called Displaced Voices which is working to bring a human perspective to the current immigration crisis in Europe by engaging women composers to set the words of refugees.

Kathleen Ballantyne's new composition is part of Sounding 2020, an initiative that Cayenna began last year to generate and perform new works for orchestra which draw attention to current environmental and humanitarian issues. You can read more about this commission and Sounding 2020 here.