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Flagship Summer Workshop

23 - 28 July 2023


Applications are open. Apply Now!

Conducting lesson in the Manoukian

23 - 28 July 2023

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John Farrer checking baton positioning
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Flagship Summer Workshop

This is our flagship course, suitable for conductors wishing to gain experience working with orchestra, and to develop their individual conducting technique.



This Workshop consists of a collection of practical sessions with professional musicians.


Main Workshop

July 23: Participants will look at how technique can impact and affect musical interpretation

July 24: All repertoire covered with professional pianists, elaborating on the previous day's work

July 25: Copland an Haydn with the LCW Festival Orchestra

July 26: Elgar with the LCW Festival Orchestra

July 27: Full programme with the LCW Festival Orchestra

July 28: Participants will lead a rehearsal and conduct a public performance


ELGAR Enigma Variations*

HAYDN Symphony No. 92 in G major

COPLAND Appalachian Spring - Suite for 13 instruments

MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Nights Dream, Overture

* We will be using a reduced orchestration for the Elgar Enigma Variations. Participants are encouraged to study the original score and will be sent the reduced orchestration when they are offered a position on the Workshop

Workshop Location

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5HT

Concert Location

St. James's Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LL

Workshop Fee

£1900 (plus £40 application fee)

Observer: £250

Observers will be given the opportunity to conduct during a session with pianists on the 24th July, and will be able to observe all other sessions

The workshop fee covers the following: 

  • all administration charges

  • tuition


The fee does not cover travel to London, transport within London, accommodation or food and drink during the course. Participants must provide their own scores and batons. 

A normal day starts at 10.00am and will include at least 5 hours of tuition, followed by a brief feedback session.

The tutors for this course will be  Dr John Farrer and Professor Howard Williams.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis.

Please note, you do NOT need to have participated in any previous courses to participate in this course

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