Summer by Sound Women East Anglia

Sound Women East Anglia are seeing out summer with a festival-feel afternoon at a luxury recording retreat.

Grange Farm Studio sits between a peaceful meadow and a big sky. With beautiful views of West Norfolk and top of the range facilities, organiser Heidi Secker thinks we’re in for a treat.


‘It’s a fantastic venue, it really is! Did I mention the private pool and hot tub?! There’ll be food, drink, Isi’s brilliant workshop – she’s really great – and a special performance by singer/songwriter Lexie Green. Music that’s perfect for a sunny afternoon.’

‘Isi’ is Isi Clarke. She’s Grange Farm’s Head Engineer and will be running a session on production skills.  She’s keen to share her skills and experience.

‘Being a female engineer hasn’t been an issue except the odd surprised face! I appreciate it’s very rare but I cant really see any reason why. I’d love to see more girls involved in this side of the industry and I do believe they are.I hope Summer By Sound Women will break down barriers girls have to get involved by hearing about other’s experiences and successes.’

Heidi says ‘As well as being pretty good socials, I wanted to make the SW East Anglia meetings inspirational and useful! I really think this will do the trick. Come, it’ll be great!’

‘Summer By Sound Women’ is on Friday 13th September at Grange Farm Studio, Emneth.

Tickets are available here


Sound Women podcast 5: Jane Garvey can sound Scouse when she wants to

In this month’s podcast, Jane Garvey delivers abundant wit and wisdom. “There’s no such thing as a boring person,” she says, and she definitely is not one.

She describes how her childhood career ambitions went so askew, she ended up becoming the first ever voice on BBC 5 Live and, now, presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour; she ponders the gender politics of the show, how to go from Gordon Brown to gussets, and whether they can ever replace the 15-minute drama with football; and she advises women who want to get on in radio not to be self-deprecating and, most of all, to learn to listen.

If you want to hear Jane’s sexy late-night show that brought Radio 4 to its knees, click here. And if you’re a paid-up Sound Women member, head over to the secret bonus content page for a chunk of extra Garvey, in which she hints at her dream radio show, but denies any ambition to compete on The Great British Bake-Off.

Also in the show: Ruth Barnes interviews Rachael Devine, who produces her weekday show on Amazing Radio and her weekend showcase of new music by female artists, The Other Woman.

Plus, Lucy Duffield explains how and why you should get involved with your local outpost of the Sound Women network – because it’s not all London London London, you know. Visit to find out more.

This podcast needs you! If you fancy contributing something interesting about your own radio world, please get in touch: email or tweet @soundwomen.

Thanks to SoundCloud for hosting, Martin Austwick for the music, and to you for listening! See you back here on 1st October for the next Sound Women podcast.

Helen Zaltzman

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