Rising Stars

Rising Stars

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Today, every young conductor needs to know how to work with young musicians. Most assistant conductor positions with professional orchestras will involve a great deal of work with youth orchestras and your duties will include planning, conducting and presenting education concerts. As a freelance conductor, youth orchestras will most likely feature highly in your portfolio of work and knowing how to get the best out of young musicians is a skill that is highly valued.

In this And Other Duties course, you will get to work with one of the best youth orchestras in the world as they prepare for a concert in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Chetham’s is the largest specialist music school in the UK, and its unparalleled programme attracts students from countries worldwide.

For an entire week, you will be involved in all aspects of rehearsing their outstanding Symphony Orchestra – from taking sectionals to assisting guest conductor Lee Reynolds. There will be plenty of podium time and in addition to conducting the Symphony Orchestra, you will also work with younger students in the Chetham’s Philharmonic and with small ensembles of professional musicians drawn from the outstanding teaching staff at the school.

When you’re not conducting, there will be seminars on all aspects of working with young musicians and on designing concerts for young people. You’ll learn about how to manage rehearsals, how to achieve the right balance when programming for young musicians, we’ll talk about safeguarding and how to work with your team, and we’ll discuss the difference between working with different age groups.

Our team of highly experienced industry leaders will advise you on how best to create and deliver education programmes with professional orchestras, using examples of concerts designed for the LSO, Hallé, CBSO and the BBC Philharmonic.

Repertoire to include:

  • PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
  • DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
  • RESPIGHI, Fountains of Rome
  • MARX, Herbstchor an Pan

A small class of 8 conductors will each get over 150 mins of podium time spent with the 80-piece Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, 100-strong chorus, and a professional chamber ensemble.

Fee £1450

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