Announcing our BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow

Posted: 10/12/14
By: Natalie
Tags: Theatre, Performance
We're delighted to announce that conductor Natalie Murray Beale (@NMurrayBeale) is a new BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow and will be working with us & Melanie Wilson in 2015 on Opera for an Unknown Woman.
The BBC Performing Arts Fund will be supporting the next generation of performing arts talent across the UK by awarding Fellowships to 32 individuals.

From choreographers, producers and writers, to a circus performer, a poet, and a lighting designer, the Fellows are as varied in their disciplines as they are in their geographic locations, with two-thirds making work outside of the capital.

The bespoke placements offer professional support, training and development opportunities in addition to the PAF grant of £10,000 per organisation, totalling £320,000 in grants.

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Find out more about with our Fellow, Natalie Murray Beale in this interview:

1. If we had to describe what you do in just one or two words, what would they be? E.g. producer, director, animator/puppeteer…


2. Where are you currently based and where are you from?

I currently live in Kennington, London but I was born and brought up in rural New South Wales, Australia about 4 hours north of Sydney.

3. Where does your passion for what you do come from? Or, what inspired you to pursue your chosen career in the performing arts?

There was no classical music at home when I was young (with the exception of a record of Debussy's La Mer and West Side Story) even so from as early as I can remember I was always desperate to make music. I wanted to learn an instrument and pestered my parents until they gave in and let me study the only thing available in our small town, which was the piano. From then on, through local music competitions & concerts, studying at music colleges in Sydney & London and moving into conducting, I've never lost that initial desire that I've had from childhood to make music. Looking at it as an adult though, I feel that what has driven me, and still does is a love and an instinct for the performance of music coupled with the desire to unravel meaning, emotion and beauty.

4. What difference do you hope the year ahead as a PAF Fellow will make to your life and career?

I'm excited about collaborating with artists from different disciplines, learning new skills and having real, tangible support from a strong and inventive company. Put simply it feels like my own 'back-up'. I hope the PAF Fellowship will help me push further as an artist and will propel me into a more public arena.

5. Where do you see yourself in the future – what is your ambition in terms of your career in the performing arts? Don’t be afraid to think big!

In career terms, the ultimate goal for me would be to become the Music Director of a major world orchestra or opera house, but that’s not what drives me on. I’ve also had fantastic experiences making music in theatre and for films, and would love to continue working in those areas. Principally, wherever I’m working I’m looking to make music in a way that is natural, meaningful and powerful for both audiences and musicians, and maybe, along the way, help to build on the representation of female conductors in the arts.

 6. Do you have an example of what you do online that you’re particularly proud of – be it a video, photo, piece of writing?

There is a very short clip of me conducting a recording session at Air Studios with musicians from the Chamber Orchestra of London for the new Alien video game. Check out the video above.