Alice Farnham

Alice Farnham - Conductor

Artistic Director of Women Conductors with the Royal Philharmonic Society


Conductor Alice Farnham enjoys an international career, particularly in the field of opera, but also in symphonic and ballet repertoire. She studied for 3 years with the legendary pedagogue Ilya Musin and Leonid Korchmar at the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire and is much sought after as a teacher both in the UK and abroad.


Recent guest conducting includes, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Mariinsky Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Calgary Opera, Folkoperan Stockholm, Malmö Opera and Singapore Lyric Opera. She has an in depth understanding of the genre having been on the Guest Music Staff at Covent Garden for 10 years and also at Welsh National Opera and Gothenburg Opera. 

 She recently conducted a ground-breaking authentic audience participation performance of Mozart Paris Symphony with the BBC Concert Orchestra and presenter Tom Service. Other symphonic programmes include concerts with the Malta Philharmonic, Nordiska Chamber Orchestra, and Gävla Symphony Orchestra. 


 Alice has conducted many of the major UK ballet companies including the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and further afield with the Danish Royal Ballet, and Slovenia National Ballet. 


 Passionate about encouraging women into the conducting profession, in 2014 Alice co-founded the award-winning Women Conductors originally at Morley College. In 2016 it moved to its current home at the Royal Philharmonic Society. 


She was subsequently invited to be Artistic Director of the award-winning Female Conductors Programme at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She has also been on the Guest Faculty of The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors and the Perth Symphony Orchestra Women on the Podium and Dirigent in Sweden. 


Since 2014 she has worked with over 400 aspiring female conductors. Alice is on the BBC Woman’s Music Power List and was ranked as one of the leading female conductors by Classic FM at the BBC Music Magazine. 


 Watch Alice conducting an Opera Gala Concert at Folkoperan Stockholm here


 Watch Alice teaching advanced conductors at The Dallas Opera here


 Listen to Alice’s Podcast on The Essay BBC Radio 3 here


 ‘From her demand for detailed knowledge of the score to precision of technique and gesture, Alice elevates her students to their next level with ease and inspiration. Her positive and affirmative teaching combined with her pinpoint diagnoses afford a focused and exciting classroom.’ Olivia Clarke – ENO Charles Mackerras Fellow.


‘Alice Farnham just made a triumphant debut at the Mariinsky Theatre (2013). I can say that Alice Farnham is an excellent exemplar of this great (Musin) school of conducting. She conducts in a manner that is fluid, clear, expressive, encouraging the orchestra to sing. It is conducting that moves beyond simple rhythmic organisation and actually guides and shapes the sound of the orchestra’.

Leonid Korchmar – Professor, St Petersburg Conservatoire & Conductor, Mariinsky Theatre

Alice Farnham

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