Hire Alice Farnham
Listed in 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 in Russia. She enjoys a distinguished international conducting career. Alice is also an accomplished inspirational speaker and much in demand for corporate events
Alice is a graduate of St. Hugh’s College Oxford University where she held an Organ Scholarship. In 2014 Alice Co-Founded Women Conductors – a response to the outcry that Marin Alsop was the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms. At the time, the gender ratio of women holding conducting positions in professional UK orchestras was 1.4%. Alice tackled this problem head on by encouraging more female professional musicians and students to try conducting, running inspirational and award-winning workshops and programmes both in the UK and internationally.
Inspired by her teacher, the legendary Ilya Musin, she focuses on confidence building techniques, acting and communication skills. Since 2014 she has worked with over 400 women and many of these continue their conducting training and are embarking on successful careers. She has been invited to talk about her work not just in the UK, but in the US, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, both in public and also on the radio, webinars, and podcasts.
Alice is particularly interested in innovative cross-genre productions where she talks directly to the audience. 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. She has also conducted the opera/dance hybrid Carmen Moves and Philip Glass’ Satygraha with Cirkus Cikör at Folkoperan Stockholm.
I whole-heartedly recommend Alice Farnham as a speaker.” Gillian Moore CBE – Director, Southbank Centre
Guest conducting includes major international opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Calgary Opera, Folkoperan Stockholm, Singapore Lyric Opera, and Teatru Manoel Malta. She has also conducted many of the major UK and European ballet companies including the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Danish Royal Ballet, and Slovenia National Theatre. She is similarly in demand as a symphonic conductor and orchestras include the Women of the World Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and the Nordiska Chamber Orchestra.
Passionate about training young singers and instrumentalists, Alice recently conducted opera productions at major UK music colleges including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She was Music Director of Welsh National Youth Opera for award-winning productions and she returns for their 2021 season.
Alice is an engaging and charismatic international speaker – show reel available here. Key themes in her interactive presentations that originate from the music industry and resonate with business audiences include:
- Creative leadership
- Working under pressure / Thinking on your feet?
- Effective communication
- Confidence building techniques
- Embracing change
- Building trust
- Body language
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