Alumni Weekend Event: Venus Unwrapped: Unlocking the Hidden History of Music by Women with Anna Beer

Anna Beer, author of Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music will give insights into the lives of some superb composers; women who were creative against the odds. She will ask important questions about why these composers remain under-performed, and will celebrate some of the initiatives bringing this neglected music to life again.

Visit the University of Oxford Alumni Meeting Minds website to book.


Anna Beer is a cross-disciplinary author and researcher, working in the fields of literature, history and, most recently, music and creative writing.

As Senior Course Tutor for the MSt in Creative Writing,  Anna is committed to public scholarship.  She is the author of three biographies, written for a readership beyond academia, but drawing on the latest research in the field. Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter, the first biography of this important early-modern figure, was published early in 2004 by Constable.  In 2008 John Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot (Bloomsbury) appeared, followed by Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music (Oneworld Publications) in 2016, a book which has attracted extensive media coverage – for example, she will be appearing in a BBC Four documentary based on the book which will air in June 2018 – and was runner-up for the Royal Philharmonic Society Creative Communications award (2017). Anna continues to work with musicians to ensure that this neglected musical tradition is heard. For the anniversary of his death, in October 2018, Anna has returned to her academic roots – Patriot or Traitor: the Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh was published on 4 October 2018.