Stephanie Childress is a Franco-British conductor based in London. She started reading Music at the University of Cambridge aged 16, later graduating with a BA (Hons). Having recently graduated, she has since assisted on British Youth Opera’s The Enchanted Island (September 2018), made her conducting and soloist debut with the Southbank Sinfonia in a programme of Respighi and Piazzolla (April 2018) and conducted the Chineke! Junior Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the United Kingdom’s first official Stephen Lawrence Memorial Day (April 2019).
Whilst at university, Stephanie conducted performances of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia and his song cycle, Les Illuminations at St John’s College, followed by Lennox Berkeley’s opera, A Dinner Engagement for the Cambridge University Opera Society. In her final year, she conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in St John’s College Chapel, and made her debut with the Cambridge University Sinfonia as their conducting scholar in November 2018.
Stephanie has participated in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Neil Thompson, Nicolas Pasquet, Colin Metters and Martyn Brabbins with the BBC NOW. In August 2018, Stephanie was chosen to participate in the Royal Philharmonic Society’s first ‘Women Conducting Opera’ masterclass, held at the National Opera Studio. Last summer, she studied at the Järvi Conducting Academy and participated in the Aurora Masterclass (Trollhättan) led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In June 2019, Stephanie assisted Paul Daniel on performances and a recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Enigma Variations with l’Orchestre Nationale Bordeaux Aquitaine.
Recent engagements have included a project conducting Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with the Guildhall Artistry Students alongside members of the LSO, and a performance of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the ensemble she founded, Orchestra Rheia. Future plans with Orchestra Rheia include a performance of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, and a celebration of Beethoven’s symphonies for his 250th anniversary. This season, she will be assisting Alexander Joel at the English National Opera for a production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Stephanie will also make her debut with the Portuguese Academic Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2020, and the Dresdner Philharmonie in June 2020.
Verdi: La forza del destino (Overture)
Schumann : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op 129 – 1st mvt
Alexandra Grimal: humus (compulsory new work)
Bartók: Divertimento – 3rd mvt
Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Op 55 in E flat major – 4th mvt
Fabio Vacchi: Was Beethoven African? (compulsory new work)