John Landor's conducting lessons, courses and masterclasses
Welcome to my conducting tuition page. I love teaching, and I am excited to offer you opportunities to develop your work on the podium, whether you are a professional musician, student, teacher or choir director.
My aim is to enable you to direct the musical flow precisely as you feel it - with no compromises! For this, we will work on physically embodying the character of the music, deeply connecting with our musicians and internalising the score. My teaching is based around the work of the great pedagogue of the St Petersburg Conservatoire, Ilya Musin, who helped me in so many ways, inspiring me to share what I have learned, and continue to learn, with my students and colleagues.
My approach does not distinguish between technique and musicality - they are inseparable! All aspects of the art and craft of conducting, from 'the beat', to rehearsal technique, to the psychology of conducting and orchestral playing, are addressed naturally and organically in each of my sessions.
I have been Music Director of London Musical Arts Orchestra, based at St Martin-in-the-Fields, for over 30 years. I have also worked in the UK and internationally with orchestras, choirs and opera companies, both in concert and the recording studio. I was a conducting student at (and now an Associate of) the Royal Academy of Music in London, and have taught conducting for over eight years. The foundations of my teaching are: empathy, imagination, responsiveness, respect and commitment.
I hope you will get in touch to see what I can do to help. Meanwhile, here's just a few testimonials I have received from pupils over the years:
‘Thank you for a brilliant course. You introduced whole new layers to my conducting that I’m excited to explore and put into practice! Everyone was so friendly, and it was a lovely atmosphere to work in.’
'John is an inspiring teacher. He challenges and encourages you as a musician, and it's all about learning to feel and connect with the sound. I would recommend John's courses to any conductor, at whatever stage they are.'
'Many thanks for all your guidance and advice. I learnt a lot.'
'There was a definite difference in my performance by the time of the concert.'
'I found the whole experience extremely insightful, inspiring and enjoyable.'
'I think you are a great teacher. You have answers and solutions to everything. Wonderful!'