Women Conductors’ Success at International Awards
Morley’s Women Conductors initiative offering conducting workshops for young women has been awarded first runners up out of 21 pioneering international finalists in the first ever Classical:Next Innovation Award in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Women Conductors at Morley offers workshop weekends across the UK to 16-25 year old women, introducing them to conducting and giving them the confidence and leadership skills needed to pursue a career in conducting. Founded in 2014 following discussions in the media regarding the lack of female conductors, the Women Conductors initiative has this year been able to continue its series of workshops thanks to generous grants from the Arts Council England, The Colwinston Charitable Trust, The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Thistle Trust.
Alice Farnham, acclaimed conductor and co-founder of Women Conductors at Morley says: “I am delighted that Classical: Next have recognised Women Conductors at Morley. It highlights the importance and relevance of the project for encouraging more women to take up conducting.”
Andrea Brown, Morley’s Director of Music and co-founder of the programme says: “This is fantastic news. I am pleased Morley’s efforts to offer aspiring young women conductors the support and training they need have been recognised at an international level.”
The joint-winners of the Classical:Next Innovation Awards include another South London project, The Rest is Noise Festival by the Southbank Centre as well as Lucerne Festival's Ark Nova.