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Alice Farnham



English conductor Alice Farnham made her Royal Ballet debut in 2008 in ‘New Works at the Linbury’, and has since conducted Giselle. Since 2005 she has been a regular guest with the music staff of The Royal Opera and in 2015 conducted The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.

Farnham was an organ scholar at Oxford University and organ fellow at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York. She studied conducting at the St Petersburg State Conservatory with Ilya Musin and Leonid Korchmar. Previous positions include Course Director of the Morley Opera School 2013–15, where she co-founded the workshop series ‘Women Conductors @ Morley’, and Artistic Director of Borås Symphony Orchestra. Opera engagements include The Rape of Lucretia (Mariinsky Theatre), Die Zauberflöte (Singapore Lyric Opera), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English Touring Opera), Dido and Aeneas (Teatru Manoel, Malta), Paul Bunyan (Welsh National Youth Opera), Making Arrangements (world premiere, Tête à Tête Opera), Brundibar (Mahogany Opera Group) and Falstaff and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Grange Park Opera Rising Stars and Pimlico Opera). Ballet engagements include Swan Lake, Beauty and the Beast and Serenade (Birmingham Royal Ballet), The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland and Canterville Ghost (English National Ballet), Lady into Fox (Rambert) and Giselle (Danish Royal Ballet and Slovenia National Theatre).

Farnham is currently Music Director of Welsh National Youth Opera. She is also a guest teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is Music Director of Cumbria Youth Orchestra.

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