Cecilia’s List is a new website to promote sacred music composed by people who aren’t men. The project is conceived and run by Kathryn Rose, a PhD student in choral composition at the University of Aberdeen and organist at St Andrew’s Leytonstone in East London from 2010 to 2016.
Cecilia’s List is a seasonally-oriented directory that helps people who are choosing the music in their churches to include more music composed by women and members of other under-represented communities. The aim is to supplement, rather than replace, existing resources.
Over time it will expand to include week-by-week recommendations matched to the lectionary.
Music by women is often sidelined in the English sacred choral tradition because of practical barriers to introducing new music and the administrative challenge of finding pieces suitable for particular occasions.