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.
Murray Beale has performed as Guest Conductor with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Chamber Orchestra of London. She has also worked with the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Royal Swedish Opera and Bergen Philharmonic. Also experienced in Opera, Murray Beale has conducted performances for the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Theater Bonn, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête-â-tête, Opera Holland Park and Spitalfields Music Festival, London.
Highlights of her 2018/2019 season included touring to Colombia with the Philharmonia orchestra and her Barbican Hall debut with the Britten Sinfonia, as well as concerts with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Presidential Orchestra in Istanbul. In Opera, she conducted Adams’ A Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland, and returned to Festival d’Aix for their production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, assisting Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Murray Beale’s 2019/2020 season features her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia, Ulster Orchestra, L’orchestre de Chambre de Genève and Ensemble Contrechamps.
Previous 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 began her career as a pianist and coach at Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne. She soon became Guest Director of the London Symphony Chorus after being awarded their conducting scholarship and went on collaborate with Valery Gergiev, Xian Zhang, Marin Alsop, Daniele Gatti and Sir Colin Davis on a wide range of concerts at the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. She gained further experience as Assistant Conductor at the Opéra National de Paris, Festival d’Aix, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and Wiener Festwochen conducting a broad range of stage works, from the opera’s of Mozart and Gluck through to those of Bartok, Poulenc and Janáček.
Born in Australia, and residing in London, Murray Beale holds a Bachelor degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Post Graduate training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio in the UK. She studied conducting with Jorma Panula and is a regular Guest Professor at the Royal College of Music.