Conducting Programmes at the RNCM

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The RNCM is at the forefront of educating conductors internationally. Graduates of our programmes can regularly be seen conducting in the major concert halls and opera houses of the world. 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.

We operate a unique range of acclaimed conducting programmes at all levels, including:

Junior Fellowship in Conducting

Graduate School programmes

Short Conducting Courses 

Wherever you fit within this structure, you will find yourself immersed in the widest possible range of conducting experiences and working with conductors of the highest international level. Click on the relevant link to find out more about opportunities available at each level.

All of the RNCM conducting courses are underpinned by the fundamental principle that conductors can only learn by conducting other musicians in real life rehearsal and performance situations.

Please note that the closing date for applications to our Masters programme is usually 1 October in the year before you wish to commence the course.

The Masters course at the RNCM gave me the opportunity to really broaden myself as a musician in all genres – especially with its renowned contemporary music focus in the School of Conducting. I had many, many practical conducting opportunities to develop my skills in a huge variety of repertoire and ensembles. The generous amount of time given to us in weekly classes, professional masterclasses and in our own project rehearsals and concerts allowed me to develop the rehearsal technique and time management skills which are so crucial in the profession.

Alpesh Chauhan, MMus student 2012-14, became Assistant Conductor of the CBSO whilst still a student, made his subscription concert debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and is now Principal Conductor of the Filamornica Arturo Toscanini

Further information

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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