Back in 1931 Florence Price was a single mother who made ends meet by playing cinema and church organs and writing songs for radio commercials. But today she is celebrated as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra.

Her breakthrough came in 1932 when she won a prestigious music composition award – a success that led to her work being performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

How good a composer was she? Very good indeed, as Symphonia Academica, a leading string chamber ensemble, intend to demonstrate at a Three Rivers Music Society concert in Rickmansworth on Monday, October 16.

Their programme will feature an extract from Price’s melodic String Quartet No.2 and works by Bach, Haydn and Mozart. The concert will be held at the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. 7.30pm start. Tickets £16 at door (free for under-25s). Further information: