Morley nominated for Innovation Award

Morley’s Women Conductors programme has been nominated for an Innovation Award by the Classical:NEXT community.

Led by Andrea Brown, Director of Music at Morley, and Alice Farnham, lead tutor, Women Conductors at Morley aim to provide young women the opportunity to pursue conducting roles through a series of workshops covering a range of topics including; conducting technique, leadership, body language and communication.

With generous support and funding from Arts Council England the workshops will be rolled out across England over several weekends. The workshops are open to women aged 16-25 or in full-time music education.

The Classical:NEXT innovation award, “aims to give international recognition to the people who are doing the most to push things forward with daring yet intelligent, effective and successful “out-of-the-box” thinking, planning and action,” according to Jennifer Dautermann, Classical:NEXT Director.

Morley has been nominated along with twenty other musicians, orchestras, festivals and projects from around the world, including the HK Philharmonic’s Virtual Orchestra from Hong Kong and the Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise festival.

The award has been voted for online by the Classical:NEXT community by almost 2,000 delegates with the winner being announced on the 23 May in Rotterdam.

The Women Conductors at Morley programme began in March 2014 with a pilot course and arose from recent discussions in the media regarding the lack of women conductors. Andrea Brown, says “Having been involved in recent round table discussions and conferences on the subject of gender imbalance in the music profession, I felt that the best way I could support addressing this issue was through education. Morley has a long history of new and experimental music and this is another way in which we can lead the way and develop future musical talent’.

Morley’s Women Conductors programme has been nominated for an Innovation Award by the Classical:NEXT community.


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