The RNCM is at the forefront of educating conductors internationally, and graduates of our programmes are regularly seen conducting in the world’s major concert halls and opera houses.

Conductors trained at the RNCM in recent years have, on completing their studies, 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.

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.


We also offer a 30-credit conducting option to all postgraduates from other disciplines. Places for these are limited and by audition only, but if chosen, provide specialist classes, ensemble sessions and the opportunity to observe sections of the full postgraduate and Junior Fellowship conducting programmes.

While we don’t offer conducting as a Principal Study option within our undergraduate programmes, there are a range of electives available within the Bachelor of Music with Honours degree, and many opportunities for instrumentalists and composers to develop an interest in conducting alongside their studies.

External Masterclasses and Short Courses

Our extremely popular programme of 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.

Conducting Staff

Acting Head of Conducting 
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, Dane Lam, Jonathan Lo, Courtney Lewis, Paul Mann, Gergely Madaras, Daniel Parkinson, Jamie Phillips, Eduardo Portal, Clark Rundell, Thiago Santos, En Shao, Ellie Slorach, Chloé van Soeterstede, Ewa Strusinska, Garry Walker, Duncan Ward and Matthew Wood.

Contact Us

If you have any further queries regarding Conducting at the RNCM, please contact Esther Wakeman, Conducting Administrator, on +44(0)161 907 5334 or

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