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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Denise Ham launches London Conducting Academy

4:53, 10th May 2016

Applications are now open for the inaugural London Conducting Academy.

The year-long course is led by Denise Ham, with other teachers including Christopher Seaman, Toby Purser, Robert Houlihan and John Longstaff.

Delivered in fortnightly, day-long sessions during term time, the course is designed to fit in with other work or study and is intended for those with at least some conducting experience.

Open to no more than eight students each year, the course includes individual tuition and group technique sessions. Based on the Toscanini-Barzin method, the course topics including conducting technique (both with and without baton), rehearsal technique and orchestral psychology.

The 2016/17 course will cover Brahms’ violin concerto (with soloist Giovanni Guzzo), Beethoven’s third symphony, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and works by Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Schubert, Strauss and Tchaikovsky.

Each day begins with 30 minutes of warm-up and technique, after which individual tuition is given within the group. Two professional pianists play for all sessions and a small professional string ensemble is engaged twice a term, with the conductors receiving immediate constructive feedback from the players.

The course also offers drop-in and year tickets for observers, who may participate in the technique session at the start of each session and observe the rest of the day.


Applications close 6 June.


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