Oh, the horror!
There are 61 full member orchestras in the ABO, offering more than 100 titled roles for conductors. Only four of these positions are currently held by women. Murphy surveyed the British artist managers with five or more conductors on their books. Almost 95% of these conductors are male. A recent screengrab from a leading British orchestra’s website of their page of “conductors coming soon” features photographs of 27 conductors, all of whom are male.
I bet that’s just as high as the percentage of men in sewer maintenance, road construction and deep sea trawling.
So how about it, ladies?