Morley continues to lead the way in training female music conductors

In early 2014 discussions in the media regarding the lack of women conductors prompted academics in the music department at Morley College to respond, by introducing a pilot course for women conductors. This course was designed for women aged 16-19 as an introduction to conducting, to give them the confidence and leadership skills needed to follow this career path.

Due to generous funding from Arts Council England Morley is delighted to announce that the initial pilot will now be continued through a series of weekend workshops, to be held at conservatoires, universities and at Morley College, London throughout 2015/16. Now open to female music students aged 16-25 who are in full-time music education either at conservatoires or universities, or in the sixth form and planning to study music full-time.

The workshops will cover topics including; conducting technique, leadership, body language and communication. Led by acclaimed conductor, Alice Farnham, participants will have the opportunity to work with professional pianists, orchestral string players and a movement and body language coach.

“When I was 20, the very last thing I expected was that I’d be a conductor and I had absolutely no confidence in standing in front of a group of people. Due to a few lucky opportunities, encouragement and a first class training I discovered that it was the only profession for me. I believe there are many talented female musicians out there who don’t realise that they have the qualities to become a conductor.” says Alice Farnham.

Andrea Brown, Director of Music at Morley who co-founded the programme with Alice says “Having been involved in the round table discussions and conferences on the subject of gender imbalance in the music profession, and responding by beginning to address this issue through education, I am delighted that Morley has been awarded funding from the Arts Council England so we can continue the important work of empowering more female musicians to take on leadership roles within the industry.”

In 2014 discussions in the media regarding the lack of women conductors prompted academics at Morley College to respond, by introducing a pilot course for women conductors.The initial pilot will now be continued through a series of weekend workshops


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