The LPO's first woman conductor
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March of the Women - Emily Davison's legacy in classical music
8. The LPO's first woman conductor
For most of the 20th century, women were almost nowhere to be seen as conductors. There are even stories of orchestras refusing to play for a woman on the podium. Significantly, Nadia Boulanger became the first ever woman to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1936. She was also a celebrated teacher whose pupils included Aaron Copland, John Eliot Gardiner, Quincy Jones, Philip Glass, and Ástor Piazzolla.