Conducting ONLINE

Conducting ONLINE

Thursday 23rd July 2020 - Sunday 26th July 2020
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Reserve Space(s)

Conducting Course – Beethoven Symphony No.9, plus opera and chorus conducting. 

Toby Purser, Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music, leads an online conducting course with associate director James Henshaw. Celebrating the Beethoven anniversary, the course focuses on Beethoven Symphony No.9, plus sessions working on conducting accompanied recit, discussing chorus rehearsal, as well as individual video analysis, and observation of a composers’ feedback session. There is a maximum of 8 participant places available.

In addition, participants are invited to join Conductors in Isolation each evening at 6pm, led by Toby Purser and featuring special guest interviews and discussions.


Beethoven Symphony No.9

Recitativo Accompagnato, from Mozart Don Giovanni: No.1, Ma qual mai s’offre, oh Dei;  and No.10: Don Ottavio, son morta!

Chorus: Verdi Va pensiero. 

Bärenreiter edition is preferable for the Beethoven and Mozart, but any edition is possible for the sake of the classes. Bar numbers are essential. For the recitativo accompagnato, an orchestral score is needed (this can be downloaded from IMSLP). For Va Pensiero, a vocal score is adequate, and a copy will be emailed to you before the course so that we all have the same edition.

Thursday 23rd July 
10.30-13.00 Introduction and discussion on score study relating to Beethoven Symphony No.9.

14.30-17.00 Course divides into two groups of 4.

Group a: James Henshaw works on opera recitativo accompagnato.

Group b: Toby Purser works on Symphony No.9, movements 1 and 2.

Friday 24th July
10.30-13.00 Group divides into two groups of 4.

Group a: Toby Purser works on Symphony No.9, movements 1 and 2.

Group b: James Henshaw works on opera recit and arias.

14.30-17.00 Beethoven Symphony No.9 3rd movement.

Saturday 25th July
10.30- 13.00  Group divides into 2 groups of 4.

Group a: Working with chorus. James Henshaw discusses aspects of chorus training, and rehearsing them in Beethoven 9

Group b: Toby Purser works on Beethoven 9 Finale.

14.30 – 17.00 Groups reversed from the morning.

Sunday 26th July

Individual video analysis all day.

11.00-13.00, 14.00-16.00.Participants are request to submit a video to Toby of approximately 10 minutes length for a 30 minute feedback discussion.

16.30-18.00 Final discussion and course feedback about any aspects of conducting which the group wishes to explore.
Monday  27th 14.00 (TBC)

Composers’ feedback session. Toby Purser will give a conductor’s feedback and discussion session to the student composers on their works, which the conductors are welcome to listen in on (attendance optional).

The course will be £300 and bursaries are available.

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 *

Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - Thursday 23rd July 2020 - Sunday 26th July 2020
10:30 am - 5:00 pm