London Conducting School

The London Conducting School is running a series of online Zoom sessions.

All sessions are on Fridays 7.30-9.30pm (London, UK, GMT+1)
'About the orchestra' sessions are with members of the world-class Philharmonia Orchestra, London


4 Sept: Conducting opera - introduction

18 Sept: Fundamental conducting technique session 1 (max 12 participants) - NOW FULL, BUT RECORDING WILL BE AVAILBALE

2 Oct: Conducting opera - accompanied recitative (Mozart)

16 Oct: Fundamental conducting technique sesison 2 (max 12 participants) - NOW FULL, BUT RECORDING WILL BE AVAILBALE

30 Oct: About the Orchestra - Horn (with Carsten Williams from The Philharmonia Orchestra)

13 Nov: An introduction to choral conducting

27 Nov: Understanding string bowing

NB1: If you would like to attend but can't do so, please pay as normal and send a message to request a copy of the recording, which will be available a few days after each session.

NB2: Online content to complement recordings (pictures, musical examples etc) is available here

After the successful sessions about instruments of the orchestra with members of London's world-class Philharmonia Orchestra we continue with the horn - this is invaluable stuff even for those who know the instrument well!  Another session will attempt to de-mystify the subject of string bowing!  Two sessions on fundamental technique are appropriate both for beginner/elementary conductors but also those who are experienced as a refresher - all levels will be catered for.  Plus a session to introduce the art of choral conducting (useful for instrumental conductors, but not only!). In all sessions there will be the opportunity to ask questions.  

No preparation in advance in essential, but you will get more out of it if you can do some.  For the work-specific sessions doing some prior listening and/or score study would be useful.  

An individual session costs £17; any 3 sessions £45, 5 sessions £70, all 7 £90 (with the two technique sessions as recordings).  Use the PayPal button below to make your choice and pay the relevant amount (if you choose 3 or 5 sessions I will email you to check which ones you want to attend). You don't need a PayPal account to do this. A coule of days before each session you will receive an email with a Zoom link (check your Junk mailbox if necessary). You just need to click that link at the time of the session and follow any instructions. Any other technical things will be explained at the start of each session.  

For the sessions on a particular piece please have a score to hand.  

I look forward to seeing you!

NB: On Tuesday evenings I also run sessions of a more general musical nature, not specifically about conducting. Take the opportunity to learn more about repertoire new and old!  Details here:

If you've not used Zoom before click the link 5/10 minutes before the session start time as your computer (or tablet or phone) will need a little time to install the software to enable you to join (follow the prompts that you get to effect that installation).  Finally you will receive the message 'Please wait, the meeting host will let you in soon'. Please note that you don't need to sign up for a Zoom account.

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If you would like audio recordings of any past sessions please purchase below.
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List of available recordings

01/05/20: Beethoven & the metronome
08/05/20: Beethoven Symphony No.3 (Eroica)
15/05/20: Beethoven Symphony No.7
29/05/20: Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor
05/06/20: Beethoven Violin Concerto
12/06/20: About the orchestra: upper strings
19/06/20: Mahler Symphony No.1
26/06/20: About the orchestra: percussion
03/07/20: Mahler Symphony No.4
10/07/20: About the orchestra: woodwind
17/07/20: Bach St Matthew Passion
04/09/20: Conducting opera - introduction
18/09/20: Fundamental Conducting Techniques Session 1
02/10/20: Conducting Opera - accompanied recitative (Mozart)
16/10/20: Fundamental Conducting Techniques Session 2
30/10/20: About the orchestra: horn
13/11/20: An introduction to choral conducting
27/11/20: Understanding string bowing

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