Collaborative Conductors’ Course in Central London with the Collaborative Conductors’ Ensemble

Venue

Friends’ Meeting House, 52 St Martin’s Lane,

Trafalgar Square, London WC2H 4EA

Schedule

Application deadline: Monday 15 May

Audition workshop: Friday 19 May, 19.00 – 22.00

Course sessions: Fridays 2, 9, 16, 23 June, 19.00 – 22.00

Final session and concert: Saturday 24 June, 17.30 – 22.00

Activities

The course offers students the opportunity to develop their conducting skills in a supportive and collaborative environment. Areas covered include technique, gesture, musical characterisation, score-learning, rehearsal organisation and orchestral psychology.

A Collaborative Conductors’ Ensemble will be formed from course participants who play a suitable orchestral instrument or piano to a reasonable standard, as well as any ad hoc players who participants are able to invite. You are welcome to video any of your own conducting during the course.

A maximum of 8 conductors will each have 15 minutes’ podium time for every session and an informal concert performance on the final day.

Up to 6 observers will be offered at least one session on the podium, join group technique sessions and take full part in any discussions.

The course is led by experienced conductor and educator John Landor, Music Director of London Musical Arts Orchestra, currently resident at St Martin-in-the-Fields. He was a pupil of legendary pedagogues George Hurst in England and Ilya Mussin in Russia. He has given masterclasses in London and Manchester and taught private conducting students.

Repertoire

Option A: Two movements chosen from the following works: Mozart ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, Mendelssohn ‘Italian’ Symphony, Fauré Pelléas and Mélisande.

Option B: Two movements from works of your own choice.

Your choices in both cases are subject to the agreement of the course leader.

For option B, you would need to supply orchestral parts, a spare full-size score and a piano score.

Application procedure

Please email a covering letter and CV, and state if you would like to be considered as ‘conductor’ or ‘observer’ and ‘playing’ or ‘non-playing’ participant.

Audition workshop

Invited applicants will conduct a movement of their choice from Mozart’s Symphony No 41. Those who offer an orchestral instrument or piano will be required to play for this session and bring a music stand. This session will be video-recorded for assessment purposes. Offers will be made shortly after the session.

Course Fees

Conductor: £200

Conductor/player: £150

Observer: £75

Observer/player: £50

Ad hoc players: Free

Fees are due (non-refundable/non-transferable) by Wednesday 24 May

Future Collaborative Conductors’ Courses

If you are unable to take part in this course and wish to be informed of future CCCs, please contact us.

Testimonials

‘I found the whole experience extremely insightful, inspiring and enjoyable.’

‘Many thanks for all your guidance and advice, I learnt a lot of useful things about different kinds of gestures on the sound of the orchestra’

‘John’s guidance on technique and rehearsal strategy were very useful and he gave great responses to the questions and problems I brought up. There was a definite difference in my performance by the time of the concert. I would be happy to return for further tuition.’

‘Thank you very much! The course was very beneficial for me.’

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