Conducting

The RNCM is one of the top places in the world to study conducting.

Conductors who trained with us can be found leading performances in major concert halls and theatres all over the world. Many hold positions as Music Director, Principal Conductor, or Principal Guest Conductor with symphony orchestras, and opera and ballet companies. Others have busy freelance careers in a wide variety of genre.

A first step for conducting graduates is often to work as an assistant conductor. Recently, RNCM alumni have simultaneously held assistant conductor positions with the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Hallé, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony, English National Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra.

RNCM Conducting student conducts the BBC Philharmonic in the studio

Our conducting programmes are underpinned by the belief that you can only learn your craft by conducting other musicians in live rehearsal and performance.

Whether you’re studying as a postgraduate, a Junior Fellow, or on one of our short courses, the enviable podium experience and intensive training you’ll receive ensures you develop the necessary skills to advance with confidence in the profession.

Postgraduate Programmes and Junior Fellowship

In addition to conducting student instrumental and vocal performances, the most valuable gift you can receive is the opportunity to lead exceptionally experienced players within professional orchestras. This is why our partnerships with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé , Manchester Camerata, Psappha and Foden’s Brass Band are an integral part of our offer.

Postgraduates and Junior Fellows work as assistant conductors with these orchestras throughout the year, and masters students currently take their final examinations in concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

Electives

We offer a comprehensive range of elective courses which are open to all students of the College whose Principal Study isn’t conducting. The breadth of these options is second to none, and allows students with an interest in conducting to undertake rigorous and detailed study as an integral part of their degree.

External Masterclasses and Short Courses

Our extremely popular programme of masterclasses and short courses is unique in the breadth of its offer and attracts applicants from all over the world, as well as staff and students of the College who are not on a Principal Study conducting course. We also have a specialist course for those working in Music Education, or aspiring to do so. Bespoke CPD programmes of study are also available.

Conducting Staff

Head of Conducting 
Professor Mark Heron

Professor of Conducting 
Clark Rundell

International Chair in Conducting
Sir Mark Elder

International Chair in Choral Conducting
David Hill MBE

Director of the RNCM Symphony Chorus and Chamber Choir
Stuart Overington

Available Courses

Conducting Alumni

The Junior Fellowship and postgraduate programmes have an outstanding track record in launching professional careers. Some of the conductors with established careers who were formerly Junior Fellows or Master’s students at the RNCM include: Carlos Agreda, David Angus, Philippe Bach, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Alexandre Bloch, Baldur Brönnimann, Alpesh Chauhan, Matthew Coorey, André de Ridder, Sian Edwards, Sachio Fujioka, Kevin Griffiths, Mark Heron, Jerry Hou, Dane Lam, Edmon Levon, Wilbur Lin, Jonathan Lo, Courtney Lewis, Paul Mann, Gergely Madaras, Jon Malaxetxebarria, Daniel Parkinson, Jamie Phillips, Eduardo Portal, Clark Rundell, Thiago Santos, En Shao, Jack Sheen, Ellie Slorach, Chloé van Soeterstede, Ewa Strusinska, Rebecca Tong, Garry Walker, Duncan Ward and Matthew Wood.

Contact Us

If you have any further queries regarding Conducting at the RNCM, please email us at conducting@rncm.ac.uk.


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