Saturday 25th July 2020 - Saturday 1st August 2020
All Day

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Reserve Space(s)

Conducting Course


The Course

The conductors’ course is designed for conductors who already have advanced conducting experience. All lessons take place as a small group, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive and interactive atmosphere. The class works together for six hour per day both with pianists, with Ensemble 1, and the Aberystwyth Festival Orchestra.

The week focusses on both symphonic and operatic conducting skills, and also includes regular collaboration with the composers’ course, whose works the class will rehearse and perform. Classes will cover aspects of technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills.

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 rehearsing the orchestra for its performances (conducted by Toby and James). Students are encouraged to bring their own video cameras or phone tripods.



Beethoven: Symphony No.5

Mahler: Symphony No.4*

Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un Faune *

*NB Mahler and Debussy will be rehearsed in chamber version by Iain Farrington

Opera scenes details to follow.


Richard Blackford: Kalon for String Quartet and String Orchestra

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Beethoven Romance No.2 for violin and orchestra.

For observation only:

Arlene Sierra: Neruda Settings for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra

Kenneth Hesketh: Ein Lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy) for seventeen players.


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.

The tuition fee for this course is £650 excluding accommodation, which includes a pass to all concerts during Musicfest. Early bird discounts are available on all courses booked and paid for in full before 29th February.

The Friends of Musicfest award a limited number of bursaries towards tuition fees, so early application is advisable. Bursaries of £260 are available for all students in full-time education in the UK and bursaries and £180 for international students. See the fees and bursaries page for further details.

Self-catering and en-suite accommodation is offered at a discounted rate for Musicfest students in University halls of residence, or you can book your own accommodation outside the University.  See the accommodation page for further details.




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 25th July 2020 - Saturday 1st August 2020
All Day