NEWS! Women Conductors @ Morley has just received Arts Council England funding for UK-wide workshops in 2015-16.


Women Conductors @ Morley




Sir Antonio Pappano

'Morley College is doing something fantastic: a programme for women conductors taught by the very gifted Alice Farnham.  A chance to explore issues, musical and interpersonal, faced by the leader of an orchestra who happens to be a women!'

Pilot Course 2014




Pilot Course  March 9th, 23rd, 30th

Morley College has responded to recent discussions in the media by introducing a short series of workshops for young women conductors led by conductor Alice Farnham. Initially they are working with highly talented 16-19 year olds, who are hoping to pursue a career in music, but may not have considered conducting.

Emphasis will be on the physicality and communication skills required of a conductor, based on the teaching principals of the legendary conducting pedagogue Ilya Musin of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire.  Born in Tsarist's Russia, Musin taught many of the great Russian conductors including Valery Gergiev, Semyon Bychkov, and Yuri Termikanov, but he always taught women too.  Sian Edwards was his first Western student and Alice Farnham was amongst his last students when he died in 1999.

Plans are afoot for a more extensive programme next year with workshops at Morley College, satellite courses around the country and widening the age group up to 25.

Venue Morley College (Director of Music - Andrea Brown)

Students 8 students each nominated from the following Junior Departments of British music conservatoires: Royal Academy, Royal College, Guildhall School, Trinity Laban, Royal Welsh College, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Royal North College, Centre for Young Musicians (London)

Course Director Alice Farnham

Guest Master Class Sian Edwards (Head of Conducting Royal Academy)

Guest Speaker Jude Kelly (Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre)

Pianists Nick Bosworth, Fran Hills

Leader Jenny Nickson (Assistant Principcal 1st Violin - Royal Opera House)

South Bank Sinfonia 1 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Double Bass Postgraduate Conducting Student Tianyi Lu (Royal Welsh College)

Youth Orchestra String Players from (Centre for Young Musicians at Morley)