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 a fresh perspective 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 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.

2021/22 Events 

Dates for 2021/22 will be released later in the summer, but we hope to run the following events:

Masterclass 1: Wind and Brass

Sunday 15 November (online)
Sunday 22 November (at RNCM)


Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy
Stephen McNeff Ghosts

Fee: £250
Closing date: Friday 23 October
Click here for full details and here to apply.

Masterclass 2: Orchestral

Update: We regret to announce that this event is postponed due to the current lockdown restrictions in place in England. We will endeavour to reschedule later in the year, and information will be posted here in due course.

Masterclass 3: Orchestral, in association with Manchester Camerata

Due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19, we are delaying releasing information about this masterclass until early in the Spring. Dates and details will be posted here as soon as possible.

Music Educators Conducting Course (October, January and March)

Please note: this course is now fully subscribed. You are welcome to complete an application form in which case you will be treated as a reserve should any places become available. It is also possible to register as an observer.

Workshop 1 (25 and 26 October 2020) at Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, near Lichfield in Staffordshire
Workshop 2 (17 January 2021) provisionally at the RNCM, Manchester
Workshop 3 (22 March 2021) provisionally at the RNCM, Manchester

Cost: £550
Make an application: please fill in this online form.

Music Educators Choral Conducting Course (January and March)

Due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19, we are delaying releasing information about this masterclass until later in the summer. Dates and details will be posted here as soon as possible.

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. Please note that observers can only attend Masterclass 1 virtually.

Cost: £50 per day (£40 for Masterclass 1, online)
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.


If you have any Conducting enquiries, please contact:

Professor Mark Heron
Acting Head of Conducting
E mark.heron@rncm.ac.uk


COVID-19 Update: In order to provide the best possible student experience over the coming months and to ensure maximum access for staff and students while social distancing is in place, the RNCM will remain closed to the public until further notice. More information...