Women Conductors

(Formerly "Women Conductors @ Morley")

"Women Conductors with the RPS is doing something fantastic: a programme for women conductors led 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 woman!"  -  Sir Antonio Pappano

As part of its wider mentoring programme, the RPS works with Women Conductors, an internationally award winning programme of conducting workshops. The Women Conductors programme offers training in conducting technique and musical leadership and aims to encourage more women to be conductors.

Co-founded by Alice Farnham and Andrea Brown, the workshops are run throughout the year across the UK. Each workshop, with a maximum of 12 participants, is led by a celebrated female conductor - which in the past has included Jessica Cottis, Sian Edwards, Jane Glover, Julia Jones, Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Rebecca Miller and Andrea Quinn - supported by professional pianists and instrumental ensembles.

Why do we need Women Conductors?

Join the Women Conductors mailing list 

Keep up-to-date with the latest announcements, upcoming workshops and events. To join, sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page.

Please support Women Conductors

If you are able, please donate a little or a lot (time or money or expertise) to this fantastic programme. You can donate via the button below or let us know how you might be able to help at admin[at]womenconductors.org.uk

Thank you to our supporters

Women Conductors is made possible with generous funding and support from Janis Susskind OBE, ABRSM, and Arts Council England.

Arts Council England

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