Junior Fellowship in Conducting

Each year, the RNCM selects a Junior Fellow in Conducting.

This much sought-after position, tenable for two years, provides one young conductor, about to enter the profession, an opportunity to gain widespread experience with the College’s full range of ensembles.

Aims of the Junior Fellowship

  • To provide the highest level of training and support for young conductors who have graduated and are on the cusp of entering the profession
  • To provide high quality conducting for a wide range of activities that take place in the College

The Fellowship culminates in the second year with a full RNCM Symphony Orchestra concert, programmed, prepared and conducted by the Junior Fellow.

Junior Fellows in Conducting receive a stipend, which is currently £10,500 per year.

Opportunities for the Junior Fellow

Engagements with professional orchestras

During the two-year programme, Junior Fellows will also have the opportunity (subject to agreement) for engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata orchestras as well as an annual repertoire session with the Hallé Orchestra.

Conduct RNCM performances

Junior Fellows are likely to assist in at least two fully staged operas, including main cast and covers performances. Junior Fellows also assist visiting conductors with RNCM orchestral performances. Additionally they provide conducting for Opera Scenes and other RNCM ensembles, such as Concert Orchestra, New Ensemble and Wind and Brass bands.

Recent guest conductors of RNCM performances have included Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Juanjo Mena, Baldur Brönnimann, Martyn Brabbins, Elim Chan, Vassily Sinaisky, Jac van Steen and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Work with eminent conductors

Repertoire is prepared in two-piano group sessions, with input from the course tutors and visiting conductors. In addition there are regular one-to-one sessions with the programme directors and visiting tutors in conducting.

Sir Mark Elder’s role as International Chair in Conducting provides a link to his Music Directorship of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to visit Sir Mark on a regular basis when he is working with the Hallé. Sir Mark also works with the Junior Fellows on several occasions through the year, on a one-to-one basis and in masterclasses with both the Hallé Orchestra and RNCM Ensembles.

Opportunities beyond the RNCM

Former Junior Fellows have often gone on to assistantships in professional orchestras. The RNCM encourages Junior Fellows to foster links with other orchestras in the region to assist in developing their craft. Junior Fellows will have several opportunities to assist at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, during which they will assist those orchestras’ conductors on a week-long project. During these assistantships, Junior Fellows will be given the chance to conduct the orchestra for a minimum of 10 minutes.

For two years I could experiment like a scientist in a fully-equipped laboratory, found my legs like an athlete on a powerful spring-board, and – like a pilot with unlimited flying hours – I was conducting, conducting and conducting. A dream development opportunity. Gergely Madaras, Junior Fellow in Conducting 2010-12

Who Can Apply

There is no age restriction for applying for this fellowship, however, the successful candidate is likely to be a recent graduate with some professional experience. The fellowship is open to conductors of all nationalities.

How to Apply 

Applications are now open for 2020 entry. Find out how to apply here.

If you require further information, please contact Esther Wakeman, Conducting Administrator, on esther.wakeman@rncm.ac.uk or telephone +44 161 907 5334