Launching “HerStory”

Pianodao Tea Room members were this week treated to a very special online event, at which best-selling author Karen Marshall unveiled her new collection, HerStory.

Below, we are now pleased to share the full video of the presentation, with special thanks to Rachel Topham at Faber Music and Emily Alexander at Yorkshire Young Musicians for their generous support.


HerStory (from Faber Music) will likely interest a wide catchment of piano players and teachers, being a compilation of 30 works by female composers who thus far have not received the recognition they have deserved.

In her presentation, Karen introduced us to two of the living composers who have contributed specially commissioned pieces, and showcased videos of students playing a wonderful selection of new music.

The book itself is released on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2022, preceded by a concert which will be recorded and also posted on YouTube that day.

An exclusive first review of the book will appear on Pianodao within the next few days, and you can pre-order today from Musicroom using this link:


And now here is the video cast from the launch event. Enjoy!


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7 thoughts on “Launching “HerStory””

  1. Thank you so much for posting this, for those of us who could not attend. I’m looking forward to the concert, and so far, the tea on this site has been wonderful!

  2. Thank you again, Andrew, for making this available to Tea Room members who could not attend the Launch Event when it took place. The entire program flooded my world with light at a very dark time, and for that I am grateful. As the stories and brilliant music of these amazing women cascaded down through the centuries to the hands and hearts of today’s young pianists and composers, I had such a powerful experience of the beauty, creativity, and dedication that I believe are humanities true essence. This is a powerful antidote to so much of what we read in the news.

    My heart was in my throat through the Launch. Publication of the book and the event itself are historic events.

    To Jack, Clem, Anabelle, and Matteo — a standing ovation!
    To Margarida and Emily — bravissimo!
    To Karen — A thousand roses and “Detective of the Year” award for your marvelous research. Your spirit and sensibility shine throughout your selections and the way your have organized the book.
    To Andrew — a Champagne toast for your insight, wisdom, and willingness to host these spectacular events.

    Of course I will buy the book as soon as I post this response. The discount provided to Tea Room members will defray the postage cost. I do not want to wait for the book to be available here in the States.

    1. This is such a truly beautiful comment Barbara, and I will be sure to pass it on to all. Thank you for sharing so generously from the heart, and wishing you all the best.

      1. Thank you, Andrew. I should have added Faber to my list of appreciation, for publishing this wonderful book. In a world of endless buyouts and consolidation, it is no small thing to have visionary publishers like Faber.

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