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About

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About

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About

 

Listed in the Classic FM Today's Ten Best Women Conductors and in the BBC Woman's Hour Music Power List, Alice Farnham is a British Conductor and trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with the legendary pedagogue Ilya Musin.

Guest conducting includes the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (The Fireworkmaker's Daughter),Mariinsky Theatre (The Rape of Lucretia),Calgary Opara (Norma, 50th Jubilee Gala),Folkoperan (Turandot, Satyagraha, Carmen),Wermlands Opera (Bernstein on Broadway),Grange Park Opera (Falstaff, I Capuleti e i Montecchi),Teatru Manoel Valetta (Dido & Aeneas).

Alice is passionate about training young singers and instrumentalists and recent productions Royal Academy of Music (Gianni Schicchi, L’Heure Espagnole, Le Nozze di Figaro) Guildhall School of Music & Drama (La Fedeltà Premiata) and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (The Gondoliers, Die Fledermaus).  She was Music Director of Welsh National Youth Opera for the critically acclaimed and award-winning productions of Maxwell-Davies’ Kommilitonen! and Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Shostakovich's Cheryomushki. 

Particularly interested in innovative and cross-genre productions, in 2016 Alice conducted the opera/dance hybrid Carmen Moves and Philip Glass' Satygraha with Cirkus Cikör at Folkoperan Stockholm. In 2019 she conducted a ground-breaking authentic audience participation performance of Mozart's Paris Symphony with the BBC Concert Orchestra and presenter Tom Service. In 2021 she conducted the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's Gaspard's Foxtrot with members of the Philharmonia and recorded a concert with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra.

She has been a Guest Conductor with many major ballet companies including the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Danish Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Skåna Dansteater, and Ballet Preljocaj.

Other recent engagements include the Malmö Opera Orchestra, Dalasinfonietta, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the Nordiska Kammarorkester, Malta Philharmonic, Sinfonia Viva, Southbank Sinfonia. 

Renowned for her work in training the next generation of conductors, particularly in her ground-breaking work in encouraging women into conducting, since 2014 Alice has been Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Women Conductors with the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the National Concert Hall Dublin’s Female Conductor Programme (2017-2021),and Artistic Advisor of Perth Symphony Orchestra – Women in the Podium (2019-).

Her book In Good Hands – The Making of a Modern Conductor will be published by Faber & Faber in January 2023.  

Alice was Organ Scholar at St. Hugh's Oxford University and at St. Thomas’ Church Fifth Avenue, New York.

 
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Youth Opera

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Inspiring The Wider Community

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Women Conductors

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Public Speaking

 

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