Phase 1.5: London | Kings Place, Venus Unwrapped

The Royal Philharmonic Society is pleased to be hosting two workshops at Kings Place as part of its Venus Unwrapped series, which celebrates the creative firepower of women composers.

Date: Sunday 28 July 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue: Kings Place, London
Workshop leader: Alice Farnham
Closing date: Monday 24 June at midday


Walton Suite from Henry V, Two string movements
Imogen Holst Suite in F for Strings, 1st movement
G. Holst St Paul’s Suite, 1st movement
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings – Elegy

The first workshop will be held on Saturday 13 July 2019, details of which can be found via this link.

Who is eligible to apply?

Phase 1.5 workshops are tailored to women, aged 18 and over, pursuing a career in music (as performers, educators or composers). Optimally you should have some elemental experience of conducting, even in a purely amateur setting. Nonetheless, you should now be keen to make this a more significant part of your career, either outright or complementing your other musical endeavours. In your application, you should tell us why you would value this experience at this particular moment in your career and how it may help your longer term aspirations. All applicants must be familiar with the basic principles of beating time and be able to read a five-part musical score. Those granted places will be asked to familiarise themselves with several short pieces prior to attending.

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider candidates who have not been able till now to try their hand at conducting but have exceptional musical proficiencies otherwise, but usually they should seek a place on a Phase 1 workshop.

How can I apply?

Applicants must complete an online application by the closing date. Places are subject to availability and applications are assessed before your place is confirmed.

N.B. Applications for this course have now closed. However, members of the public are welcome to attend the final afternoon session from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Attending the workshop as an observer may interest you if you are contemplating a course like this in future but aren’t sure if it’s right for you now, or would like to learn more generally about the principles of conducting; or if the course was oversubscribed and we could not grant you a place as a participant.

To book observer tickets, please click the button below.

How much does it cost

For participants, Phase 1.5 is £125, covering a full day of specialist coaching and practical sessions with performing musicians. Basic refreshments are also provided. Payment is only requested on confirmation of your place on the workshop. Candidates facing financial difficulties may indicate in their application that they would like to be considered for a bursary: a limited number of these can be granted to those most in need, constituting a discount on the full fee.

For observers, tickets are £9.50 to observe the afternoon session, 2.30 - 5.30pm (the morning session of each workshop is closed for participants only).


Anthony Payne, composer: commissions include three orchestral works for the BBC Proms, and the internationally acclaimed completion of Elgar's Third Symphony.


The RPS sent Beethoven £100 in 1827 to help comfort him when he was ill and much in need of money.