NCH Female Conductor Programme Finale

On Monday, 31st January 2022 at 6pm, the National Concert Hall, Grant Thornton and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will present the Finale of the Female Conductor Programme.

Renowned British conductor and Artistic Director of the Programme, Alice Farnham, will lead the participants in this finale event with the RTÉ NSO.

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In this insightful and significant event, the curtain will be raised on the workings of conductors and orchestras in preparing a symphony for performance.

Supported by Grant Thornton, the National Concert Hall’s Female Conductor Programme aims to take steps in redressing the enduring gender imbalance in orchestral conducting through an innovative programme designed to coach, mentor, encourage and promote talented female musicians at the outset of their conducting careers. 

Artistic Director Alice Farnham had guided the participants through the last 20 months in a series of masterclasses and tutorials, both in-person and online, enabling the promising composers to develop and hone their skills despite a crushing pandemic. Tonight we explore with the RTÉ NSO one of the most memorable pieces of classical music and celebrate the culmination of the hard work of all of the participants.

This event will also be live-streamed on NCH YouTube

The twelve participants for 2019/2022 Programme are: Áine Gell (choral music enthusiast, graduated with Degree in Music and Modern Irish from Trinity College Dublin and with Postgraduate Diploma in Music Pedagogy and Advanced Choral Conducting from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary); Amy Ryan (Graduate of Advanced Diploma in Choral Conducting and Master of Arts in Kodály Music Pedagogy from Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary, professional choral conductor and instrumentalist); Margaret Bridge (Graduate of BA in Musicology and Theory from Trinity College Dublin, Master in Music in Vocal performance, Royal Irish Academy of Music and Graduate of Diploma in Voice, New England Conservatory); Celine Leong (Graduate of Diploma in Music Pedagogy and BA in General Music Studies specialising in Advanced Choral Conducting at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary, Master in Creative Music Technologies from Maynooth University.); Dara Pender (French horn player, graduated with Bachelor of Music Education, TU Dublin); Emily Cox (Graduate of Bachelor in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin and Royal Irish Academy of Music with a First-Class Honours and Gold Medal Award, Diploma in Piano Teaching); Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill (flautist and Graduate of Royal Northern College of Music Graduate with Masters of Music Performance); Siobhan O’Donnell (Choral conductor, composer and instrumentalist and Graduate of Degree in Music, CIT Cork School of Music), Siofra Ní Dhubhghaill (Graduate of Bachelor of Music (Pedagogy) at Technology University Dublin, graduate of Royal Irish Academy of Music and keen harpist); Mary Walsh (MA in Performance (conducting) at Cork School of Music); Meadhbh Campbell (chamber musician, graduate of Degree in Music, CIT Cork School of Music, CRCO Diploma in Organ, current student of Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary) and Tamasine Plowman (Double-bass player, Master in Classical String Performance from University of Limerick and BA from Royal Northern College of Music).