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Jul 23 - 30 2022


09:00 - 17:30



MusicFest Aberystwyth Conducting summer course

In 2022, throughout our annual summer festival, the artists-in-residence can be found coaching ensembles, leading workshops, giving masterclasses and performing in the Festival concerts. Students also have the opportunity to perform in public and enjoy free entry to all festival events. Please note that we have reduced our fees to make the courses more accessible to all; there are also generous bursaries available.

The MusicFest conductors’ course is designed for conductors who already have advanced conducting experience and wish to explore both operatic and symphonic repertoire. All lessons take place as a small group, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive and interactive atmosphere. The class works together for six hour per day both with pianists and with members of Sinfonia 1, and conducting a showcase event.

Course Director – Toby Purser.

The week focusses on both symphonic and operatic conducting skills, and also includes regular collaboration with the composers’ course. Classes will cover aspects of technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills.

Classes begin on the Sunday with pianos, and from Wednesday with orchestra. Participating students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of all the scores as they may also be entrusted with rehearsing the orchestra for its performances (conducted by Toby). Students are encouraged to bring their own video cameras or phone tripods.



  • Mozart Symphony No. 40 (1st version)
  • Schubert Symphony No. 5
  • Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (string orchestra version)
  • Verdi Act 3 of Rigoletto

Optional and/or for observation

  • Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp
  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto
  • Mozart Wind serenade in Eflat, K.375
  • Mozart Parto, Parto, from La Clemenza di Tito

For less experienced conductors, enrolling as an observer is recommended, allowing active participation in technique classes and discussions, one short lesson with piano, and the opportunity to learn from observing all classes and rehearsals.

Early application is advised as places are limited to eight students, selected by CV and video if available. To apply, and also to download bursary application forms, please visit www.musicfestaberystwyth.org

Request a space on this course

You can request a space on this course on the MusicFest website. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.

If you are booking more than one place, you will need to fill in application details for each potential student.


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  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Jul 23 - 30 2022
  • Time: 01:00 - 09:30

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