Concerts & Discussions

Festival Programme

We've prepared a programme ranging from traditional chamber music to electro acoustic music.
For more detailed info on each concert click here.

FRIDAY October 21
Opening Concert


SATURDAY October 22
Contemporary Perspectives I
Panel discussion
Romantic Perspectives
Electronic Perspectives


SUNDAY October 23
Contemporary Perspectives II
Baroque Perspectives
Panel Diskussion
Cultural Perspectives


Photo © Kulturbüro Elisabeth


Project 06


For this years festival we have selected a wide variety of non normative composers, ranging from 17th Centrury to present day:

Anna Eriksson
Anders Jormin
Aiko Fukushima
Ana Lara
Angela Slater
Anna Ignatowicz
Antonia Bembo
Clio Montrey
Eliabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Ellen Lindquist
Ethel Smyth
Gloria Coates
Judith Weir
Karin Rehnqvist
Keiko Abe
Madeleine Isaksson
Maria W Horn
Mattias Petersson
Mel Bonis
Mirjam Tally
Nicoleta Chatzopoulou
Stellan Veloce
Violeta Dinescu
Ylva Lund-Bergner


Project 03


40f - Flute Quartet
Alpaca Ensemble
Ellen Sjö Sander – marimba
Emiko Okuyama  - soprano
Hannah Moss  - soprano
Jean Broekhuizen  - soprano
Jess Rucinski  - piano
Kohta Nomura – violin
Maria W Horn – electronics
Marieke Wikesjo – sopran
Massimiliano Iezzi - piano
Nicole Batchelar – conductor
Paul Livingston – viola
Rolf Borch - clarinet
Seung-Eon Yoo - Piano
Sinead Hayes - Violin
Sofia Chekalina – violoncello
Stellan Veloce – electronics
Sylvia Hinz – recorder

Photo © Operabyrån


Villa Elisabeth


Photo © Kulturbüro Elisabeth


Prices & Times


Tickets can be bought at the door, or online through

Single Concert Ticket: 10€ / 6€

Festival Pass: 50€ / 32€
(All concerts, discussions and workshops included)

What is Specs On?

Specs On! International Feminist Art Music Festival is aiming to create a platform for art music with a clear gender related focus.

Festival Concept

With queer theory as a starting point we are inviting you to an annual art music festival, with the assumption and hope that we will increase variety on the international art music scene and make other, more seldom heard stories be told.

In a series of chamber music concerts we will present works of non-normative composers ranging from baroque to contemporary electro-acoutics that easily could fit into the repertoire. We will also hold discussions with representatives from different parts of the music world; intendants, music professors, music teachers of varying teaching level, composer and musicians to bring the structural problems into light.

Not necessarily all participants will be women. The importance lies in showing pieces that do not belong to the norm or continue to reproduce the power structures already in place within classical music.

Background – why now?

Being one of the most segregated and gender stereotypical environments in the world, the field of classical music continues to avoid the issues of gender structures. The repertoire in itself and the decisions on new commissions are clearly gendered.
Female art music composers as well as composers with non-normative reference frames or onsets are still played to a lesser extent than their normative (male) equivalents.
Gender differences are huge when grants and prizes were awarded, shows a survey from Swedish National Radio. Of all the repertoire performed by Norwegian orchestras in 2013, only 0,055% was composed by women. During the past couple of years the Swedish Royal Philharmonics have had women conducting only 3% of the time. The prestigeous orchestras, like Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsoper, have even openly discriminated women. Statistics from Bachtrack shows that of the Top 150 Conductors of the world, we find 5 women (3,33%) and the top list of composers we have to go down to place 260 to find 5 women. The list can go on and on.

While the current order of power is hiding behind unfounded statements about "The Quality of High Art" and how this concept of Quality cannot and should not be subject to political intervention, the general discussion often seems to land in the question of quotation.
For Third Wave Feminists that question is subordinate to the discussion of a widening of perspectives, an increased awareness of, discussion of and the ultimate change of gender related power structures.
In classical and contemporary art music that would more concretely mean a widening of the perspective of how quality in music is defined and questioning the current power structures that defines these and similar concepts.
The art music scene would be further vitalized if we dare to show a broader variety of views beyond those already in the norm.

This festival should have happened years ago. This should have been the consequence of the women rights movement in the early 1900s, or the second wave feminism during the 1970s. Even though the number of female composers and conductors have increased over the years, the discussion around why they don't reach the top segment of their discipline is missing. We need a thorough and broad debate of cause and consequence with our gender spectacles firmly put on.

Put your gender specs on!

Emil Roijer
Artistic Director
Sina Ural

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