NCH  Female Conductor Programme 19/20

NCH Female Conductor Programme 19/20

Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 11.30pm

The National Concert Hall and Grant Thornton are delighted to announce the return of The Female Conductor Programme for 2019/2020.

To address inequality on the podium, the National Concert Hall, with the generous support of Grant Thornton, ran an initiative to encourage women to pick up the baton in 2017. The position of conductor is one of the most enduring and unyielding glass ceilings for women in the world of classical music. In 2018, out of the top 100 international conductors, only five were women; in 2015, across US orchestras, just one in five conductors were female, and in the 22 highest-budget orchestras, 21 conductors were male, and just one was female.

The National Concert Hall launched the Female Conductor Programme to address and highlight this imbalance, and encourage women in classical music to take up the baton and become orchestral conductors

Call for nominations & applications!

We invite classical musicians over the age of 18, who identify as women and who have already reached a high standard as musicians to apply for this programme (application form available on website).

We are also looking for Teachers/Lecturers/Heads of Schools and Ensemble Conductors to nominate a student who they feel has the potential to become an orchestral conductor, given the right opportunities.

Who is eligible?
Classical musicians over the age of 18, who identify as women and who have already reach a high standard as musicians, and who may not previously have considered becoming an orchestral conductor.

Further details & application forms available on

Deadline: 18th June 2019
Final round interviews: 6th July 2019



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