Conducting lesson in the Manoukian

27 - 31 July 2020

This master class in orchestral conducting gives each conductor valuable time on the podium before our supportive professional orchestra
Conducting in the Royal Academy of Music
Watch, listen and learn
Neil Thomson showing how it is done
John Farrer checking baton positioning

We are proud to offer the opportunity for conductors to discuss and refine points of technique and interpretation in a warm and friendly environment. Every full participant conducts the chosen piece each day, and conductors are required to attend every session and are expected to have studied each piece in its entirety, and be prepared to conduct any section that the tutors select.


Our workshops are for a maximum of 16 full participants, but we operate a waiting list and accept observers. Any conductor on the waiting list is strongly advised to attend as an observer, and will have first refusal on any place that becomes available. First-time applicants are particularly encouraged to attend any of our courses as observers, to gain an insight into the Workshop experience. Please see our application guide for further details.

Our London Workshop is held at a prestigious venue within Central London and this year we are returning once more to the DJ Hall in the Royal Academy of Music, London.  Our course takes place from Monday to Friday, and each day you will have the opportunity to conduct a different work. We now include a concert performance which takes place in St James' Piccadilly, at which all full participants are invited to perform with our orchestra from one of the pieces studied during the week. The tutors will select the most appropriate piece for each conductor.


The Fee for this course is: £1,595.00 + a £40 application fee

The workshop fee covers the following: 

  • all administration charges

  • tuition

  • certificate of participation


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. Applications are via the form that is found by clicking on the website logo but if you have difficulty downloading it then please let us know and we will happily send you a copy by email.

A normal day starts at 10.00am and runs through until 5.30pm, followed by a brief feedback session. The concert day is arranged slightly differently to accommodate the evening concert.

LCW Repertoire 2020:

Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances (string orchestra version)

Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Beethoven - Coriolan Overture

Britten - Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

The tutors for this course are Dr John Farrer and Professor Howard Williams