Could City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra be about to appoint a woman as Musical Director?

This rave review of conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and her fabulous actions reveals a change of heart in a key regional critic's view. Here is a quote from Christopher Morley's Birmingham Post piece 

"Enthusiasm is one thing, but how about the skills? Well, Mirga, though still barely 30 is already highly experienced in a variety of fields - opera and choral, as well as orchestral - and her conducting technique has an armoury of styles appropriate to whatever the music demands.

She can beat time with acute precision, or swoop and persuade balletically (much in the manner of Nelsons - perhaps it’s a Baltic trait). She can shape structures with a clear sense of direction, and she can point rhythmic detail with witty verve. To everything she tackles she brings an irresistible freshness and a sense that this is right for this moment.

By no means is Mirga a Nelsons clone, despite some of these similarities. She is certainly her own person, with ideas that she wants to share with players and audience alike, such as last July’s insertion of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville into a suite from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty."

Women in Music UK will be keeping an eye on proceedings and we look forward to being able to write a congratulatory note!