Sunday 20 October 2019

Women called on to take up baton to train as conductors

 

Pictured with Ms Farnham are last year’s programme candidates Hilda Chan, Grace Bergin, Raimonda Zalisauskaite, Lynsey Hannah Callaghan, Molly Burke, Emma-Jane Stoker Phelan, Raeghynya Zutshi, Síobhra Quinlan, Santa Ignace, Maebh Martin, Naoise Whearity, and Catriona Clarke. Photo: Stedman Photography
Pictured with Ms Farnham are last year’s programme candidates Hilda Chan, Grace Bergin, Raimonda Zalisauskaite, Lynsey Hannah Callaghan, Molly Burke, Emma-Jane Stoker Phelan, Raeghynya Zutshi, Síobhra Quinlan, Santa Ignace, Maebh Martin, Naoise Whearity, and Catriona Clarke. Photo: Stedman Photography
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Female musicians are being encouraged to take up the baton and make a stand to become conductors.

The National Concert Hall said that the position of conductor is one of the most enduring and unyielding glass ceilings for women in the world of classical music.

In 2018, out of the top 100 international conductors, only five were women; in 2015, across US orchestras, just one in five conductors was female.

A new programme, which starts next weekend (October 19-20) and runs for 10 months, aims to encourage high-calibre female musicians to consider leading an orchestra.

A total of 12 women will take part in the 'National Concert Hall Female Conductor Programme', supported by Grant Thornton. The programme culminates with a concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Led by acclaimed British conductor Alice Farnham, the programme also provides opportunity to those who may wish to pursue conducting professionally.

Pictured with Ms Farnham are last year's programme candidates Hilda Chan, Grace Bergin, Raimonda Zalisauskaite, Lynsey Hannah Callaghan, Molly Burke, Emma-Jane Stoker Phelan, Raeghynya Zutshi, Síobhra Quinlan, Santa Ignace, Maebh Martin, Naoise Whearity, and Catriona Clarke.

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