Conducting Mahler masterclass with Peter Fender

Jonathan Nott said in an interview that conducting Mahler is like “holding the soul of the world in your hands”. There is indeed nothing quite like Mahler (universally loved today by orchestras and audiences alike) and conducting his music is an immense privilege.
Mahler’s 4th symphony is possibly his most surprising and certainly one of his most beautiful. On the surface it appears untroubled, carefree and childlike, yet Mahler casts shadows on the bright colours and filigree textures, and the conductor needs to appreciate both sides of this incomparable work to give it its full depth.

The course will cover all areas which a conductor needs to work on (source material, score analysis, rehearsal preparation and technique, conducting technique, orchestra management, psychological aspects of leadership).

Days 1 & 2: With pianist
Day 3: With string quartet
Days 4 & 5: With full orchestra

This course is not suitable for beginners, but observers are welcome at a reduced rate.
Languages: English and Italian. It may also be possible to accommodate German and French speakers – please enquire.
Cost: £1050 (unwaged £875, observer £450 whole course or £100 per day).
50% deposit required to secure a place.

An HD video will be made of all students and files provided at no extra cost.

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