Saturday 27th July 2019 - Sunday 4th August 2019
All Day

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Reserve Space(s)


 Aberystwyth International MusicFest

Conducting Class

Course Director – Toby Purser

Associate Tutor – James Henshaw 

Saturday 27th – Saturday 3rd August 2019

The Conductors’ Class works together for six hour per day both with pianists and with the Orion Orchestra, under the direction of Toby Purser and ENO chorus master James Henshaw. 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 small group, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Classes begin on the Sunday with piano, and from Tuesday with orchestra. 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, there will be a class showcase with the Orion Orchestra as well as a collaboration with the composers’ course, whose works the students will rehearse. Students are encouraged to bring their own video cameras.



Beethoven Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’

Schumann Piano Concerto

Poulenc Sinfonietta

Respighi Gli Uccelli

Puccini La Boheme, Act 3 opening until Fig.15. (for work with piano only


Rautavaara Cantus Arcticus, Concerto for Arctic Birds and Orchestra

For observation only:

Olav Berg Concerto for saxophone, vibraphone, piano and strings

For less experienced conductors, enrolling as an observer is 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 eight students, selected by CV and video if available. To apply, and also to download bursary application forms, please visit

COURSE FEES: Participants : £650. Observers : £150

ACCOMMODATION: Self-catering accommodation: £320 (en-suite), £280 (Standard)

BURSARIES* : £180 – £325 Please email for more information or see

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) - Saturday 27th July 2019 - Sunday 4th August 2019
All Day