New content added to RNCM’s ConductIT digital resource

Since it’s launch a year ago, ConductIT has been acclaimed as the most comprehensive online resource about the art and craft of conducting.

Funded with €436,000 of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, the project was developed by Head of Conducting, Professor Mark Heron, in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Stavanger (Norway), the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and the Open University (UK). Described by Music Teacher magazine as ‘a marvellous addition to the conducting pedagogy that manages to successfully provide meaningful takeaways for educators and budding conductors with a wide array of existing ability’, the resource is being used all over the world, both by individuals and within a wide variety of educational institutions.

New content has recently been added to the Rehearsal Studio area of the site, which contains a series of films documenting the process of rehearsing and performing repertoire in different genres. Foden’s Brass Band and conductor Russell Gray are featured preparing for the 2022 European Brass Band Championships held at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the renowned RNCM Wind Orchestra rehearse and perform Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No 2 in the RNCM Concert Hall. Coming soon will be a documentary of Sir Mark Elder rehearsing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

Mark said: ‘We’ve been absolutely delighted with the response to ConductIT. The hardest thing has been convincing people that it doesn’t cost anything – I can confirm it is absolutely free for individuals and institutions to use! Due to the pandemic, we were unable to produce all of the case studies on time, so it’s great to add these documentaries focusing on brass band and wind band to the site. We are very grateful to Foden’s, one of the world’s top brass bands, for allowing us to film their preparations for the recent European Championships.’

16 January 2023