Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship programme for young conductors on the verge of a career. The programme is fully funded by the Leverhulme Trust, administrated by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the new music ensemble, Red Note.

The Conducting Fellows will work extensively with the Conservatoire’s Visiting Professor of Conducting, Garry Walker and with all the orchestras and ensembles within the Conservatoire, including the Opera and Modern Ballet departments.

The position will provide a unique blend of training within the context of a supportive Conservatoire environment and extensive professional links, both with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (where Fellows will act as assistant to their Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles, several times a year) and other principal Scottish performing arts organisations – the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The aim of the programme is to provide a final ‘bridge’ between a young conductor’s postgraduate study and their eventual access to the profession itself.

Previous Conducting fellows are now already active in the profession:

Jessica Cottis (2010-12) (Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2013)

Fergus McLeod (2012-14) (ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship from 2014)

Ciaran McAuley ( 2013-14) (Resident Conductor to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014)

This represents a very valuable opportunity for an aspiring young conductor and I hope you will feel able to recommend it for serious consideration by your advanced conducting students.

To apply please submit the following:

A CV and DVD (two contrasting works, preferably including both performance and rehearsal time) to Admissions, RCS, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB and clearly mark this for the Conducting Fellowship. The deadline is the 15th of December. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January if they have been shortlist for an audition at the Conservatoire. The audition will take place Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

Please feel free to contact Timothy Dean ( Head of the Leverhulme Conducting Programme, T.Dean@rcs.ac.uk, 0141 270 8318) or Helen Douthwaite ( Programme Support Administrator, H.Douthwaite@rcs.ac.uk, 0141 270 8287) should you have any further queries


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