London Musical Arts Conducting Course
22 January - 1 April 2020 , London
Whether you are a professional musician, student, teacher or choir director, the LMA Conducting Course is a great opportunity to develop your work on the podium.
You will get regular conducting experience with the class instrumental ensemble, learning ‘on the job’ from an experienced teacher with your colleagues in a supportive environment
The course includes score-study and analysis, conducting and rehearsal technique, embodiment, characterisation, how to connect with the music and musicians and influence an ensemble effectively and appropriately. The teaching is responsive to each participants’ individual needs, building on their strengths and addressing any challenges.
All participants are required to play in the class ensemble. Playing as well as conducting gives you a valuable perspective on what does and doesn't work on the podium, deeper insights into the music, more authentic feedback and opportunities for discussion.
You may video your own work at all classes for your own further analysis, use in job applications, auditions, etc.
The course leader is John Landor, MA Hons (Oxon), Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Music Director of London Musical Arts Orchestra, a professional ensemble based at St Martin-in-the-Fields. He is also an international guest conductor of orchestras, choirs, and opera companies, in concert and the recording studio, with a career spanning more than 30 years. He studied with several of the world’s great conducting pedagogues, including George Hurst in Great Britain and Ilya Musin in Russia, and is a sympathetic and imaginative teacher.
Ten weekly classes, 6.30 - 9.30 pm in London NW1, working with the class ensemble
Wednesdays 22/01, 29/01, 05/02, 12/02, 26/02, 04/03, 11/03, 18/03, 25/03, 01/04
Up to eight Principal conductors will have up to 20 minutes podium time per class. Principals should have a reasonably high level of experience conducting orchestras or choirs.
Up to eight Associate conductors will have up to 10 minutes podium time per class. Associates need not have any conducting experience but should be able to read an orchestral score.
Observers may attend the classes, take part in group exercises and discussions. A little podium time may be offered if desired, where possible.
Both Principal and Associate conductors are required to:
play one or more of the following instruments in the class ensemble (minimum grade 8 standard): flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano
prepare the course repertoire and bring their own scores, baton and instrument (a piano is provided)
If you cannot offer a listed instrument to the required standard you may still be considered
if you can assist with some orchestra management
Participants are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to play in the class ensemble on a regular or ad hoc basis
Copland Appalachian Spring (version for 13 instruments)
Mozart Symphony No 40
Schubert Symphony No 5
Participants' own choice, subject to agreement.
Send an email with the following:
whether applying as Principal, Associate or Observer
a short covering letter detailing your musical experience and what you hope to gain from the course
what instrument(s) you could play in class (minimum grade 8 standard or equivalent)
Online links demonstrating your conducting and/or playing (optional for Associates and Observers)
Please apply as soon as possible - we are still able to consider a small number of late applications.
Non-playing Observers: £90
Playing Observers FREE (see 'Requirements 1., above)
Payment deadlines: 50% upon acceptance on the course, 50% by 21 January
Fees are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled or discontinued, in which case fees paid will be refunded pro rata
Extra opportunities, to be confirmed, for selected class members
Class Orchestra Day on Sunday 5 April including rehearsal and informal performance with enhanced class ensemble in London.
Rehearsals and concert with 'I Maestri' Orchestra.
Assistantships with London Musical Arts Ensemble at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Fees and podium time for these extra opportunities are TBD, depending on the number of active participants
General enquiries: Email here