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 

Masterclass 1: Wind and Brass

Date: 13 and 14 November 2021 at the RNCM, Manchester
Cost: £350
Closing date: 15 October 2021
Make an application: please fill in this online form
Full details: Please click here


Masterclass 2: Orchestral

Date: 14 and 15 February 2022 at the RNCM, Manchester
Cost: £350
Closing date: 17 December 2021
Make an application: please fill in this online form.
Full details: Please click here.

Masterclass 3: Choral

Dates and information to be announced.

Masterclass 4: Orchestral, in association with Manchester Camerata

Date: 29 April to 1 May 2022
Applications open in December 2021.

Music Educators Conducting Course (October, January and March)

Workshop 1 (24 and 25 October 2021) at Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, near Lichfield in Staffordshire
Workshop 2 (23 January 20212) at the RNCM, Manchester
Workshop 3 (date tbc) at the RNCM, Manchester

Cost: £575
Make an application: please fill in this online form.

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: £60 per day for in person attendance, £40 per day for online attendance.
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 further queries about these courses, please email us at conducting@rncm.ac.uk.


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