Observe London Conducting Academy

Experience the magic of conducting: Join us to observe

Step into the World of Conducting

Join us as we embark each year on a musical journey with a class of eight dedicated participants, and witness the evolution of exceptional conducting techniques throughout the year.

The Conductor's Craft Unveiled

Observe our talented conductors in action as they collaborate with pianists and ensembles, refining their gestures, baton control, communication, and musical insight.

Words of Wisdom

Gain insights from our Course Director, Denise Ham, and other esteemed guest teachers and soloists. They'll share invaluable feedback, tips, and fascinating anecdotes about legendary conductors from the past and present.

A Comprehensive Learning Experience

Our part-time course in the art and technique of conducting features fortnightly day-long sessions that span the academic year.

Uncover the Secrets

Discover what it takes for conductors to prioritise, practice, and achieve mastery over their instrument—the orchestra.

Here's what one of our observers has to say:

"Wanting to expand my knowledge of conducting, I have learnt so much... fantastic teaching with a friendly atmosphere."
- Felicity, observer

Who Can Attend?

Our sessions are open to a diverse range of individuals, including:

• Aspiring and practicing conductors
• Music educators
• Orchestral musicians
• Professional musicians looking to enhance their conducting skills
• Music undergraduates or postgraduates studying conducting or planning to do so
• Music enthusiasts with a keen interest in conducting, orchestral music, or classical repertoire, particularly works by composers like Mozart and Beethoven

If you're comfortable with reading music notation, we recommend bringing along the score, which can be found for most pieces on IMSLP

Course leader Denise Ham

Course Director Denise Ham

How do I join a session?

We offer 16 sessions open to observers each year, from October through to July. You can view all session dates along with repertoire details on our London Conducting Academy page

Each session kicks off at 11:15 am and wraps up by 5:15 pm.

The sessions take place at The Amadeus, 16 minutes walk from Paddington station or 7 minutes walk from Warwick Avenue underground station:
The Amadeus, 50 Shirland Rd, Little Venice, London, W9 2JA.

You're welcome to join our sessions as an observer in various ways:
• Come and visit the course to get a taste of what it's all about.
• Attend a few sessions each term to explore different aspects.
• Join us for every session to witness the development of conducting technique and artistry throughout the year.

If you have any more questions or need further information, feel free to contact us for assistance.

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