Sunday 29th July 2018 - Saturday 4th August 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Reserve Space(s)


The Conductors’ Course is aimed at students who already have advanced conducting experience, with lessons taking place as a group of 8 students, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive atmosphere. The class works together for six hours per day both with pianists and with the Orion Orchestra. Classes will cover aspects of conducting technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills. Participating students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of all the scores as they will be preparing the orchestra for its performances under Toby Purser. For less experienced conductors, enrolling as an observer is highly recommended.

Scores to be prepared include:
Mozart – Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Schubert – Symphony No.6
Sibelius – Symphony No.5

Grieg – Piano Concerto
Copland – Clarinet Concerto
Grieg – Morning, Solveig’s Song, and Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt.

Choose one of:
Elgar – Serenade for Strings
Mozart – Symphony in A, K201

Choose one of:
Mozart – Magic Flute ‘Speaker’s Scene’ from Act I Finale
Puccini – Rodolfo aria “che gelida” from La Boheme.
Plus one of the following accompanied recits from Mozart Don Giovanni: no.2, no.9, or no.23 “mi tradi”

For observation only:
Ibert –  Concertino da Camera

Toby Purser is holder of the ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellowship, and artistic director of the Orion Orchestra and of the Peace and Prosperity Trust. He made his company debut at English National Opera in 2014, conducting The Marriage of Figaro, and has been a regular guest at Grange Park Opera, Opera della Luna, Chelsea Opera Group, and Bampton Opera.  UK Orchestras he has conducted include the RLPO, RPO, London Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and English Chamber Orchestra.

Early application is advised as places are limited to eight students, selected by CV and video if available. The cost of the course is £650 (Observers : £150) which includes a pass to all concerts during MusicFest. Bursaries are available for all s tudents 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.

If you are booking more than one place, you will need to fill in application details for each potential student. Mandatory fields are marked with *

This event is fully booked.

Date(s) - Sunday 29th July 2018 - Saturday 4th August 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm