Odaline de la Martinez FRAM

A woman conducting, dressed in black.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


Interview: Odaline on her career


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First Woman to conduct the BBC proms

May 2014, St. Andrews Church, Hove

b.1949, Cuba

Composer, conductor and a graduate in music and maths, Odaline de la Martinez became the first woman to conduct at a BBC Promenade Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She achieved her first in 1984 at the age of 35, making her the first woman to conduct in 89 seasons of The Proms since its inception in 1895. This world-famous Music Festival is watched and listened to by an estimated 15 million viewers in the UK.

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