Short Conducting Courses

The RNCM operates an extremely popular programme of external conducting courses, which are open to all.

These courses are led by Mark Heron and Clark Rundell in conjunction with a range of guest teachers, and are aimed at a very broad range of applicants. You may be a young conductor considering full time study; a graduate looking to brush up your skills or receive input from a different teacher; a professional performer or educator for whom conducting is part of a wider portfolio of activities; or an amateur musician wishing to develop your skills.

A feature of all of these courses is the absolute focus on the practical experience of conducting real live musicians. RNCM orchestras, bands and ensembles play for the bulk of the sessions, and in the May course there are significant opportunities to conduct and receive feedback from professional musicians thanks to the involvement of Manchester Camerata.

RNCM Conducting Masterclasses 

Applications for our 2017-18 programme of external conducting masterclasses is now open. More information is available here.

Masterclass 1, 25-26 November 2017
Wind & Brass conducting course


Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy
George Lloyd Symphony No.10
John McCabe Cloudcatcher Fells
Mozart Serenade in Bb, K361 “Gran Partita”

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Closing date: 29 September 2017

Masterclass 2, 19-20 February 2018

Repertoire to include:

Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro, Act II
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

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Closing date: 22 December 2017

Masterclass 3, 4-6 May 2018
In association with Manchester Camerata


Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven Symphony No.1
Dvorak Symphony No.8

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Closing date: 2 March 2018

RNCM Conducting Course for Music Educators

A series of 3 workshops on 22 and 23 October 2017, 21 January 2018 and 11 February 2018, with an ongoing e-learning element. As well as RNCM student ensembles, you will conduct the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Derbyshire City and County Wind Band. More information is available here.

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