Mills William Junior Fellowship in Conducting: Application Information

Before completing your online application for the Mills William Junior Fellowship in Conducting, please read the guidance notes below.

Part 1: Personal Details

Please provide your name, address and contact details, and a recent photograph (to be uploaded via the online application form).

Part 2: How did you hear about us?

Please let us know how you heard about the programme.

Part 3: Supporting Information

Please provide a link to one YouTube video of your conducting (not Vimeo, Dropbox or any other platform). Make sure that the video is ‘public’ or ‘unlisted’, not ‘private’. Please do not submit multiple files, edit your footage into one video. It is helpful if you include an index with timecodes in the Description field in YouTube.

The video should contain reasonably recent footage of yourself conducting, preferably in both performance and rehearsal situations. Please ensure the camera shows you from the ensemble’s perspective and that your face is clearly visible. It is helpful if some of the musicians are also visible. The video should be around 15-20 minutes duration and should include at least two contrasting works. The clips don’t have to be of complete works or movements, but we do want to see at least 4 or 5 minutes of unedited footage of at least one work.

We understand that conducting opportunities, and therefore the ability to get video footage, have been rare in the last 2 years so these guidelines will not be applied too strictly.

Please upload your CV, including details of conducting experience, musical training and other relevant education and experience. Please provide two references as a Word or PDF file.

Part 4: Payment

The application fee is UK £55, and this is non-refundable. Payment is made via the PayPal link in the application form (you do not need a PayPal account, just a debit or credit card. Your application is not valid unless payment if made in this way.

Audition Information 

Initial selection

Shortlisting is carried out by Mark Heron and Clark Rundell following the closing date. Please do not email or phone regarding the status of your application. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Live audition

Auditions for a maximum of 12 candidates will be held at the RNCM in Manchester from 8 – 10 May 2022. The auditions will consist of several rounds conducting various ensembles and orchestras and shortlisted candidates are required to be in attendance for the whole process.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful in securing an audition as soon as possible after the closing date, at which time the repertoire for the auditions will also be made available.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 1 March 2022.

Further information

Applications are now open for 2022 entry. Click here to apply.

If you require any further information, please email [email protected].