|The Washington University Madrigal Singers at the White House |
(RS is in the back row, just to the right of the conductor's hand)
Rhian Samuel is co-editor of The New Grove/Norton Dictionary of Women Composers (1994); her much-quoted preface to this dictionary discusses the situation of women composers over the past 100+ years. She has also written articles on several of the operas of Harrison Birtwistle, including Gawain, The Minotaur and The Second Mrs Kong, publishing for the two former works both the programme notes for the ROH and diaries of their first productions for the Cambridge Opera Journal. In the United States, Rhian taught at Washington University, St Louis, where she completed a doctorate on 16th-century musica ficta, and the St Louis Conservatory of Music; in 1984 she returned to the UK, teaching at Kings College London, then Reading University. In 1995 she moved to City University, London, where she is now Emeritus Professor. She also tutored composition undergraduates at Magdalen College, Oxford University. She now composes full-time at her home in mid-Wales and in London.