RNCM Conducting Course for Music Educators

Running between October 2018 and February 2019, three workshops linked by an e-learning element will provide a structured opportunity for those working with youth orchestras, bands and ensembles who wish to develop their technical and artistic skills.
Derbyshire Music Education Hub

The RNCM is currently at the forefront of conducting training internationally with many of our current and recent graduates holding positions with some of the finest orchestras around the world. We are delighted to be able to extend the world-class teaching that lies at the heart of what we do to those doing vital work in music education. 

What happens on the course?

The emphasis is firmly on practical work and reflects the core belief that underpins all of the College's world-class conducting programmes: conductors learn best by conducting other musicians. The course is taught by Mark Heron, member of the conducting faculty at the RNCM.

Workshop 1

28 − 29 October 2018 − Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, nr. Lichfield, Staffordshire
Running in conjunction with Derbyshire City & County Youth Wind Band's residential course, there will be introductory technical sessions and discussions on rehearsal strategies and score study. Participants will work with smaller ensembles and the full band. The Derbyshire CCYWB is one of the finest ensembles of its type in the country, and gained a Platinum award in the national finals of the recent National Concert Band Festival. Catering for this workshop is included in the course fee.

Workshop 2

20 January 2018 − RNCM, Manchester
Held at the RNCM in Manchester, from 10am to 5pm, this workshop will focus on developing knowledge of specific instrumental families. Participants will work with string and wind/brass ensembles of RNCM students exploring conducting and rehearsal techniques relevant to each.

Workshop 3

3 February 2017 − Hallé Youth Orchestra, Manchester
The final workshop will take place in Manchester. Following a morning preparation session with professional pianists, the afternoon will be a masterclass with the Hallé Youth Orchestra.


All conducting sessions will be filmed and distributed online to the participants. In between the workshops, participants will be asked to film their own rehearsals and submit them online. Feedback will then be provided in the form of a voice-over, and returned to the participant for review enabling consolidation of the work done during the workshops.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be given an RNCM Certificate of Participation detailing the work undertaken during the course.

Applying for the course

  • Active places − To apply for one of the 12 active places, please visit the RNCM application page. You will be asked to submit a brief CV highlighting your conducting experience and if possible a link to some video footage of your conducting. Application deadline is Friday 1 September 2018. You will be informed of the result of your application within 7 days of the closing date, and if successful details for payment of the course fee will be provided then.
  • Observer places − Observers are invited to watch all sessions and to participate in group discussions. Optionally, the e-learning element of the course can be available to observers. This is particularly suitable for those who may not be able to commit to the full programme. Observers are asked to confirm their attendance a minimum of 2 weeks before each workshop.
  • Costs − Active participants £500 | Observers £50 per day and £100 for the e-learning element (all prices include VAT)
  • Subsidies − The Derbyshire Music Education Hub offers subsidies for conductors/directors of ensembles of hub partners (usually music centres). These subsidies are arranged by the partner organisations. 

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