Applications Sought for Women Conductor Workshops in Glasgow and Liverpool

Alice Farnham

Applications Sought for Women Conductor Workshops in Glasgow and Liverpool

Alice Farnham to lead conducting workshops with additional coaching in physicality by Alma Sheehan.

The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Women Conductors initiative is currently seeking applications for workshops in Glasgow and Liverpool in 2019.

Established by Alice Farnham in 2016, Women Conductors involves three kinds of workshop, titled Phase 1, Phase 1.5 and Phase 2. You do not have to have completed one type of workshop in order to do another.

The next Phase 1 workshop – a two-day programme aimed at female music students age 16 and over – will take place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February. Usually for eight participants, the workshop, led by Farnham, will explore some of the principles of conducting and participants will have the chance to work with professional performers. Specialist coach Alma Sheehan will also provide training in physicality, posture and confidently making an impression on fellow performers and audience.

Applications must be submitted by midday on Monday 28 January. The cost is £200. Candidates with financial difficulties may apply for a bursary.

The next Phase 1.5 workshop takes place on Sunday 17 March 2019 at the University of Liverpool. This workshop is tailored to women aged 18 and over who are pursuing a career in music – as performers, educators or composers – and where they want conducting to be a principal focus or part of a varied career. Applications should be made by midday on Monday 18 February. The cost is £125. Observer tickets are £15 each.

According to the Royal Philharmonic Society’s website, just one British orchestra has a female principal conductor; five women conductors have titled roles; and only 22 (5.5%) of the 371 conductors represented by British agents are female. 

Last year, the National Concert Hall in Dublin launched a similar Female Conductor Programme led by Farnham.

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Published on 10 December 2018

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