Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Sunday 30th July 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Reserve Space(s)


The Conductors’ Class works together for six hour per day both with pianists and with the Orion Orchestra, under the direction of Toby Purser. Classes will cover aspects of conducting technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills. The course is aimed at students who already have advanced conducting experience, and all lessons take place as a group of 8 students, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Classes begin on the Sunday morning, with the Orion Orchestra in residence from the third day.  Participating students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of all the scores as they will be entrusted with preparing the orchestra for its two performances under Toby Purser (on Wednesday and Saturday evenings). In addition, each conductor will have extensive interaction with the composers’ course, leading to a showcase rehearsal and concert performance with the Orion Orchestra.

Students are encouraged to bring their own video cameras.

For less experienced conductors, enrolling as an observer is highly recommended, allowing active participation in technique classes and discussions, one short lesson with piano, and the opportunity to learn from observing all classes and rehearsals.

Early application is advised as places are limited to ten students, selected by CV and video if available.

Repertoire (provisional):

  • Brahms: Double Concerto
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto in A major, K.488

The cost of the course is £595 (Observers : £120) which includes a pass to all concerts during MusicFest.

Bursaries are available for all students in full-time education. More information on bursaries is available here



Request a space on this course

You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.

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Date(s) - Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Sunday 30th July 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm