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May 18th 2021

In Conversation With Professor Dame Jane Glover DBE FRCM HonRAM (Music, 1968)

Join us on 18 May 2021, 5pm-6pm (UK time), for a very special online event with acclaimed British conductor and musicologist Professor Dame Jane Glover DBE FRCM HonRAM (Music, 1968). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear from Dame Jane as she answers your questions and reflects on her incredible career in conversation with Professor Roy Westbrook, Senior Tutor, and second-year St Hugh’s music student and aspiring conductor, Lucy Warm.

An inspiration to so many, Professor Dame Jane Glover was recently awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gamechanger Award for her pioneering work to bring more female conductors to the stage. She has conducted all of the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia, and she is much in demand on the international opera stage. She was the first woman to conduct at Glyndebourne, the second woman to conduct at the BBC Proms and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and, as recently as 2013, only the third woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera. She has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002.

Please scroll down for further information about all our speakers for this event.

This event is part of the College’s series of celebrations to mark 100 years of Oxford degrees for women.

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Professor Dame Jane Glover DBE FRCM HonRAM (Music, 1968)

Acclaimed British conductor and musicologist Professor Dame Jane Glover was recently awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gamechanger Award for her pioneering work in bringing more female conductors to the stage. She has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia, and she is much in demand on the international opera stage. She has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002.

Jane was the first woman to conduct at Glyndebourne, the second woman to conduct at the BBC Proms and also the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and, as recently as 2013, the third woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera.

Jane came up to Oxford in 1968 to read Music and completed both her undergraduate studies and her DPhil on 17th century Venetian opera while at St Hugh’s. She undertook her first engagements as a conductor while she was a student at Oxford, including the first performance in modern times of Cavalli’s Rosinda for the Oxford University Opera Club. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Music in 1976, became a Senior Research Fellow in 1982 and was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s in 1991.

Jane made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s L’Eritrea. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979 and served as music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 to 1985. She was artistic director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991 and has also held principal conductorships of the Huddersfield and London Choral Societies. From 2009 to 2016 she was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now the Felix Mendelssohn Visiting Professor. She was Visiting Professor of Opera at the University of Oxford in 2015.

Jane is a renowned Mozart specialist, and has conducted all of the Mozart operas across the world regularly since she first performed them at Glyndebourne in the 1980s, however her core operatic repertoire also includes Monteverdi, Handel and Britten.

Jane is also the author of the critically acclaimed books Mozart’s Women (2005) and Handel in London (2018).

Jane holds a personal professorship at the University of London, and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academic of Music, and the holder of several honorary degrees.

Jane was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2003 and was made a Dame in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for services to music.

Professor Roy Westbrook

Professor Roy Westbrook is Senior Tutor of St Hugh’s College, and an Emeritus Professor of Operations Management and Emeritus Deputy Dean of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he held a number of positions at St Hugh’s, including Vice-Principal (2012-2014). He was Director of the MBA Programme at the Business School (2003-2006), and he led the roll-out of the Business School’s 1+1 MBA programme and ‘Engaging with the Humanities’ initiative. Professor Westbrook is the author of numerous Management articles and co-editor of an important volume on ‘Understanding Supply Chains’.

He is also the author of a history of opera, teaches on occasional music weekend schools, and reviews classical concerts for the Bachtrack website and classical CDs and DVDs for MusicWeb International. He has made overseas reviewing trips to Finland (for the opera festival at Savonlinna, and for the Sibelius Anniversary Festival in 2015), to Latvia for orchestral concerts at the inaugural Riga-Jurmaala festival, and to Bonn for the annual chamber music festival held in the Beethovenhaus, the composer’s birthplace. He has two grown sons, and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and an implausible number of books and recordings.

Lucy Warm (Music, 2019)

Lucy Warm is a second-year music student currently studying at St Hugh’s. Lucy has been trained as a classical pianist but has in recent years developed an interest in vocal studies, repetiteuring and conducting. She has been involved in several small operatic productions, conducted several orchestral ensembles and is currently working with a production company as their appointed Musical Director. She hopes to have a varied career in the music industry but is primarily interested in pursuing conducting. Whilst Lucy is interested in pursuing a career in practical music-making she is also interested in using her musical education in more expansive ways. She is particularly interested in the promotion of global humanitarianism through a musicological lens and the ways in which music can be used as a means through which to navigate human rights and social justice.

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