Creative director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Natalie Murray Beale was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow #32onestowatch in 2015 and was selected in the same year by the Dallas Opera for their inaugural institute for Women Conductors.
Highlights of Murray Beale’s 2019/20 season include her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia, Ulster Orchestra, and Ensemble Contrechamps. Natalie’s 2018/19 season featured her Barbican Hall debut with the Britten Sinfonia as well as debuts with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Philharmonia, with whom she toured to Colombia. Murray Beale also conducted John Adams’ A Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland.
As a guest conductor, she has performed with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and the Malta Philharmonic. Also experienced in the pit, opera credits have included performances with the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Croatian National Theatre Zagreb, Theater Bonn, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête à Tête, Opera Holland Park, Opera Queensland and Spitalfields Festival.
Her accolades include a 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the new opera We Are Shadows and a BAFTA nomination, music category, for the video game score Alien:Isolation.
Murray Beale trained as a pianist and, after working with Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne as a coach and repetiteur, she became Guest Director of the London Symphony Chorus where she collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Xian Zhang, Marin Alsop and Sir Colin Davis on a wide range of concerts at the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall.
After studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Murray Beale continued her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, London and studied conducting with Jorma Panula. She is a Guest Professor at the Royal College of Music.
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“[…] Natalie Murray Beale’s conducting was astonishingly assured and controlled… her level of expertise isn’t easy to find.”
(Paul Ballam-Cross, Limelight Magazine, April 2019)
“The orchestra dazzled under the baton of Natalie Murray Beale.”
(John Beckett, www.schmopera.com, May 2018)
“Natalie Murray Beale led a secure orchestra and chorus in a tight musical performance.”
(Concerti, May 2017)
“The Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale directs the choir and the striking Beethoven orchestra sovereignly through the complex rhythms of the musically immensely rich score, influenced by the American minimal music.”
(Rheinische Post, April 2017)
“To begin with, there was also the rarity of having a lady director at the helm, in this case the matter-of-fact and reliable Australian Natalie Murray Beale. She directed with ease yet firmly, and with no undue fuss, adding an elegant, feminine touch to it all.”
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