BIO

Natalie Murray Beale's work encompasses opera, concert, and film and video game scores. She has been at the helm of several world premieres and has developed a reputation for her creative leadership.

 

Murray Beale has performed as Guest Conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra and 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.

In 2020 she made a striking Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut on the main stage, collaborating with Stage Director Katie Mitchell. Other Opera performances include engagements for Theater Bonn, the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête-â-tête, Birmingham Contemporary Music GroupOpera Holland Park, and award winning physical theatre company Circa.

 

Her experience in Opera also includes working as Assistant Conductor to Esa-Pekka SalonenIngo Metzmacher and Jérémie Rhorer at Opéra National de Paris, Festival d’Aix, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and Wiener Festwochen.

 

 As Guest Chorus Director of London Symphony Chorus she worked closely with Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Marin Alsop and Daniele Gatti.

 

Murray Beale's repertoire includes a wide range of stage and concert works, from the operas of Mozart and Gluck through to Bartok, Poulenc, Janáček and Adams. 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.  She was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow #32onestowatch in 2015, mentored by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and was selected the same year by the Dallas Opera for their inaugural Institute for Women Conductors.

Born in Australia, and residing in London, Natalie Murray Beale holds a Bachelor degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Post Graduate training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She furthered her studies at the National Opera Studio and in conducting with Jorma Panula. Murray Beale is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and formally, Creative director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

Murray Beale has been a special guest for the BBC World Service Proms broadcasts and has recorded Inside Music for BBC Radio 3.

She was a Jury member for the 2019 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, the 2021 Ivors Composer Awards and the 2021 Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal, where she also conducted the final performance.

This year she mentors a young conductor as part of the Festival Aix Academie.