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. 

She is much saught after in the UK and further afield particularly in opera where her repertoire is large and varied.  Guest conducting includes the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (The Fireworkmaker's Daughter),Mariinsky Theatre (The Rape of Lucretia),Calgary Opara (Norma),Folkoperan (Turandot, Satyagraha, Carmen),Wermlands Opera (Bernstein on Broadway), Grange Park Opera (Falstaff, I Capuleti e i Montecchi) Singapore Lyric Opera (Die Zauberflöte), Teatru Manoel Valetta (Dido & Aeneas),and English Touring Opera (A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Alice is passionate about training young singers and instrumentalists and recently conducted opera productions at Guildhall School of Music & Drama (La Fedeltà Premiata) and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (The Gondoliers). In Autumn 2022 she will conduct Gianni Schicchi and L'Heure Espagnol at the Royal Academy of Music.  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 returns for their 2022 production for 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 the Royal Scottish National 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, Slovenia National Theatre, and Macedonia National Ballet.   In 2008 she conducted the Premier of Graham Fitkin’s Reel which won the British Composer ‘Best Stage Work’.

She is enjoying a growing reputation in Sweden, and has recently conducted the Malmö Opera Orchestra, Dalasinfonietta, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the Nordiska Kammarorkester.   Other recent guest conducting includes the Malta Philharmonic, Sinfonia Viva, Southbank Sinfonia, Women of the World Orchestra and the Kensington Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier in her career she gained much experience, knowledge and guidance as an Assistant Conductor, working with Semyon Bychkov, Maurizio Benini,  Boris Grusin and Barry Wordsworth at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Lothar Koenigs and Michael Hofstetter at Welsh National Opera. She has worked on numerous productions as a regular member of the Guest Music Staff at the Royal Opera House from 2005-2016. From 2001-4 she was Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at Gothenburg Opera, Sweden. 

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

Renowned for her  work in training the next generation of conductors,  Alice is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Women Conductors with the Royal Philharmonic Society – a ground-breaking program to encourage women into conducting. 


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