Conducting Course with Toby Purser



Saturday 22nd July 2017 – Sunday 30th July 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Reserve Space(s)


The Conductors’ Course is aimed at students who already have advanced conducting experience, with lessons taking place as a group of 8 students, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive atmosphere. The class works together for six hour per day both with pianists and with the Orion Orchestra. Classes will cover aspects of conducting technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills.

Repertoire includes (subject to change):

  • Beethoven : Overture ‘Egmont’
  • Mozart Symphony No.31 in D ‘Paris’, K.297
  • Brahms: Double Concerto
  • Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
  • Puccini: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut (to be conducted with piano only)
  • Puccini Arias: Un bel di from Madama Butterfly, and Mi chiamano Mimì from La Bohème

Optional works for observation and discussion

  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
  • Hesketh: Concerto Salimondis
  • Rachmaninov Vocalise
Participating students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of all the scores as they will be preparing the orchestra for its performances under Toby Purser. In addition, each conductor will have extensive interaction with the composers’ course, leading to a showcase rehearsal and concert performance. For less experienced conductors, enrolling as an observer is highly recommended.

Toby Purser is holder of the ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellowship, and artistic director of the Orion Orchestra and of the Peace and Prosperity Trust. He made his company debut at English National Opera in 2014, conducting The Marriage of Figaro, and has been a regular guest at Grange Park Opera, Opera della Luna, Chelsea Opera Group, and Bampton Opera.  UK Orchestras he has conducted include the RLPO, RPO, London Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and English Chamber Orchestra.

Early application is advised as places are limited to eight students, selected by CV and video if available.

The cost of the course is £595 (Observers : £120) which includes a pass to all concerts during MusicFest.

Bursaries are available for all students in full-time education. More information on bursaries is available here


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