Our celebratory evening will unfold with local ladies' choir, Cantare, singing
The Pankhurst Anthem, specially commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of the first British women (those over 30 who owned property) gaining the right to vote in February 1918. The piece features music by composer Lucy Pankhurst and text by Helen Pankhurst, based on words written by Emmeline, Helen's great-grandmother.
Our special guest for the evening will be Edna Robinson, interviewed by journalist, Helen Nugent. They'll be discussing democracy and the power of people in the 21st century.
Edna Robinson is Chairman of the People's Powerhouse, a movement which aims to bring about sustainable prosperity to communities in the north of England. She is also Chairman of the Trafford Housing Trust and the Big Life Group, and a great advocate for people's rights. A qualified nurse and midwife, she has managed wider social programmes, including those focused on supporting the health needs of homeless people. A former senior leader at Manchester Health Authority and then Chief Executive at Salford PCT, Edna went on to work in central government as a policy advisor before returning to Manchester in a consultancy role at Trafford Healthcare Trust. Importantly for her People's Powerhouse role, she founded and is an Associate of, the NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Service, which connects people to share intelligence and best practice across health and social care, allowing individuals to have a voice and encouraging cross sector collaboration.
Helen Nugent is the Founder and Editor of Northern Soul and runs her own media training and consultancy firm. She worked for 10 years at The Times, where she held roles including News Reporter, News Editor, Lobby Correspondent in the House of Commons, and Business Reporter. A multi-award winning journalist with freelance articles in many national newspapers, she has appeared on Sky News and BBC Radio, including producing and presenting BBC Radio 5 Live. She regularly chairs arts conferences in the North and is a regular panellist at events in the region. She is also a Guest Lecturer at Westminster University in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication.
The discussion will be followed by a delicious evening tea, including cake and choice of tea or coffee.