Short Conducting Courses

Short Conducting Courses for Non-RNCM Students

The RNCM operates an extremely popular programme of short conducting courses open to all. These courses are led by Mark Heron in conjunction with a range of guest teachers and are aimed at young conductors who may be considering full time study; professional performers and educators for whom conducting is part of a wider portfolio of activities; and amateur musicians wishing to develop their skills.

Upcoming short courses:

Conducting Days: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February 2016

Conducting Weekend: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May 2016

New Course | RNCM Conducting Course for Music Educators: A series of 3 workshops on 25-26 October 2015, 10 January 2016 and 20 March 2016.

Please see below for more information about each course.

Conducting Days and Weekends

These courses reflect the core belief that underpins all of the College’s world-class conducting programmes: conductors learn by conducting other musicians. All participants will conduct at least twice on each day, working with professional pianists, RNCM student ensembles, and with Manchester Camerata from May 2015 through an exciting new partnership.

Who is this course aimed at?

The conducting courses are firmly established as a leading international masterclass for young conductors and participants travel from as far afield as North America, Asia and all over Europe as well as the UK. Many use the course as an opportunity to check-out the RNCM prior to applying for the Masters or Junior Fellow programmes, but it is just as useful for conducting students and graduates looking for focused feedback from a range of experienced teachers. We are also delighted to receive applications from undergraduates who might be considering postgraduate conducting study, and professional musicians for whom conducting is part of a wider teaching or performing career.

Who are the courses led by?

The course is taught by RNCM Conducting Faculty members Mark Heron and Clark Rundell, plus guest teachers who in the past have included Mark Stringer (Professor of Conducting, University of Music & Performing Arts, Vienna), Mark Shanahan (Principal Guest Conductor, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra), Philippe Bach (Chief Conductor, Meiningen Opera), and Timothy Reynish (formerly Head of Conducting, RNCM).

All sessions are filmed, and footage made available online to the participants.

When are the next conducting courses?

In the 2015/16 season, courses will take place on the following dates:

Conducting Day 1: Friday 20 November 2015

Conducting Days 2: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February 2016

Conducting Weekend: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May 2016

The application pack are available to download from the links below:

RNCM Conducting Pack, November 2015 & February 2016 [PDF]

RNCM Conducting Pack, May 2016 [PDF]

RNCM Conducting Course for Music Educators

The RNCM is pleased to invite applications for a new course aimed at conductors working in music education, led by Mark Heron (RNCM) and Jamie Phillips (Assistant Conductor at the Hallé).

Three workshops linked by an e-learning element will provide a structured opportunity for those working with youth orchestras, bands and ensembles who wish to develop their technical and artistic skills:

Workshop 1  | 25-26 October 2015: Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, Staffordshire

Workshop 2  | 10 January 2016: RNCM

Workshop 3  | 20 March 2016: Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

The application pack for both Active and Observer places is available to download from the link below:

Conducting for Music Educators pack 15-16 [PDF]

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 September 2015.

Further Information

If you have any Conducting enquiries, please contact Esther Wakeman, Conducting Administrator on +44(0)161 907 5334 or