Junior Fellowship in Conducting

Each year, the RNCM selects a Junior Fellow in Conducting. This much sought-after Fellowship is tenable for two years and provides an opportunity for a young conductor, about to enter the profession, to gain widespread experience with the full range of the RNCM’s ensembles.

Junior Fellow in Conducting

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.

Opportunities for the Junior Fellow

During the 2-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. 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 Chamber Orchestra and RNCM Symphony Orchestra 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 have included Garry Walker, Juanjo Mena, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Jac van Steen, Mark Shanahan and Baldur Brönnimann.

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.

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.

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 closed for 2017. Applications for 2018 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

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



I find it difficult to imagine a more comprehensive, intensive, busy and, most importantly, useful programme than the Junior Fellowship in Conducting here at the RNCM. Being a Junior Fellow has not only made me a better conductor and musician, but has also dramatically expanded the type of repertoire I am able to approach confidently. The exposure to a great variety of teachers and mentors has been invaluable, as well as the access to regularly watch the first-rate local orchestras in rehearsal.

Carlos del Cueto, Junior Fellow in Conducting 2011-13