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Monday, June 17, 2024

wed12jun7:30 pmwed9:30 pmThe Bessie Carruthers Study ClubEvent Type Music,Theatre7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-03:00) Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax, NS B3L 1K7, Canada

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Imagine if a renowned British composer and suffragist had visited Charlottetown in 1919, inspiring local women to work for the vote. That’s the premise behind pianist Jennifer King and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell’s original musical show, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club.

Although the meeting didn’t happen, the historical characters were real. British musician, composer, and renowned suffragist Ethel Smyth (now known as Dame Smyth) has been rediscovered as a significant composer of the last century and a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. The PEI connection, Bessie Carruthers, played an important role in persuading political leaders of the day to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Coincidentally, Carruthers is a distant relation to singer Suzanne Campbell and a close relative to former PEI Premier Catherine Callbeck.

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