External Masterclass and Short Courses

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

These courses are led by Mark Heron, Clark Rundell and David Hill 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.

2019/20 Events 

Masterclass 1 (23 - 24 November 2019): Wind and Brass

Tutors: Mark Heron and Bjørn Sagstad

Repertoire:
Igor Stravinsky Octet
Gustav Holst Hammersmith Op 52
Eric Ball Resurgam

Cost:£330
Application deadline: 27 September 2019
Make an application: please fill in this online form
Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Masterclass 2 (7 - 9 February 2020): Choral

Tutors: David Hill and John Dickson

Repertoire:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Mass in C major Op 86
Judith Bingham Water Lilies
Benjamin Britten Flower Songs
Orlando Gibbons O Clap Your Hands
James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross

Cost: £450
Application deadline: 14 December 2019
Make an application: please fill in this online form
Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Masterclass 3 (20 - 21 February 2020): Mostly opera

Tutors: Mark Heron and Peter Szilvay

Repertoire:
Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes (scenes and orchestral interludes)
W A Mozart Symphony No 40 in G minor KV 550

Cost: £330
Application deadline: 20 December 2019
Make an application: please fill in this online form
Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Masterclass 4 (29 - 31 May 2020): Orchestral, in association with Manchester Camerata

Tutors: Mark Heron and Nicolás Pasquet

Repertoire:
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E flat major Op 55
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 1 in D major

Cost: £550
Application deadline: 1 February 2020
Make an application: please fill in this online form
Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Music Educators Conducting Course (October, January and March)

Workshop 1 (27 and 28 October 2019) at Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, near Lichfield in Staffordshire
Workshop 2 (19 January 2020) at the RNCM, Manchester
Workshop 3 (22 March 2020) at the RNCM, Manchester

Cost: £550
Make an application: please fill in this online form
Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Music Educators Choral Conducting Course (January and March)

Tutor: Stuart Overington

Workshop 1 (19 January 2020) at Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester
Workshop 2 (22 March 2020) at the RNCM, Manchester
Workshop 3 (26 March 2020) at Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

Cost: £300
Make an application: 12 active places are available for this course. To apply, please fill in this online form – you will be asked to submit a brief CV highlighting your conducting experience and if possible, a link to video footage of your conducting.
Application deadline: 30 November 2019

Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Observer places

Observers are also invited to watch all sessions and to participate in group discussions. This opportunity will be of interest to conductors of any level or to anyone who is interested in how gesture and body language can be used in leadership. You can register as an observer at any time by completing this online form.

Cost: £50 per day
Please note: When you submit your online application form, you will be sent to PayPal to pay this fee. You do not need a PayPal account – payments can be made using your debit or credit card.

Enquiries

If you have any Conducting enquiries, please contact:

Esther Wakeman
Conducting Administrator
T +44 (0) 161 907 5334
E esther.wakeman@rncm.ac.uk