Phase 1: London

Dates: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December 2019
Time: 10.00 - 17.30
Venue: City of London School for Girls
Artistic Director: Alice Farnham
Stagecraft and Physicality: Alma Sheehan
Closing date: Monday 28 October at midday


Beethoven: Excerpts from Sonata No. 10 and No. 8 'Pathetique'
Elgar: Serenade for Strings, 2nd movement
I. Holst: Suite in F for Strings, 1st movement
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Elegie
(Optional – G. Holst: St Paul's Suite, Jig)

Who is eligible to apply?

Phase 1 courses are tailored to women, aged 16 and over, completely new to conducting and interested in trying it, as well as those with very elemental conducting experience who would like to build on their skills. You may be a music student at A-Level, undergraduate or postgraduate level; you may be embarking on your career in music, or midway through a musical career and contemplating how to further your musical skills. All applicants should have a fundamental understanding of what conductors do, as well as – naturally – the ability to read music including a basic musical score. Those granted places will be asked to familiarise themselves with several short pieces prior to attending.

How can I apply?

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

How much does it cost?

For participants, Phase 1 is £200, covering two complete days 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 course. 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.

Friends and family of the participants are welcome to attend the final afternoon session at no cost. Please let us know by email or phone +44 (0)20 7287 0019 if you would like to reserve a place.

We are most grateful to City of London School for Girls for generously hosting this course.

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