London Conducting Academy

The year-long part-time course providing comprehensive training in the art and technique of conducting.

The teaching has been superb, the pianists faultless, and a tour de force of professional players to work with has been invaluable. This has been such a success.
— Participants 16/17

Up to eight students are accepted each year, and the 18/19 course fee is £2,625.
Places are also available to observe most sessions - book a free taster to discover the course!


Watch the course
on any of the dates below

Deadline 20th February 2018
Late applications considered as space allows.

Next date: Tuesday 29th May 2018
Participate or observe

Repertoire & tutors

September 2017 - July 2018

Autumn 2017

21st September (no observers)
Mozart - Symphony no 35 in D "Haffner"
Denise Ham

5th October (no observers)
Mozart - Symphony no 35 in D "Haffner"
Denise Ham

19th October
(open to observers from this date)
Mozart - Symphony no 35 in D "Haffner"
Denise Ham; ensemble session

9th November
Britten - Four Sea Interludes
Toby Purser

23rd November
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for strings
Denise Ham

7th December
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for strings
Denise Ham; ensemble session


Spring 2018

Tuesday 9th January  
Score-learning techniques
John Longstaff

25th January
Smetana - Ma Vlast: Die Moldau
Strauss - Overture “Die Fledermaus”
Denise Ham

8th February
Smetana - Ma Vlast: Die Moldau
Strauss - Overture “Die Fledermaus”
Denise Ham; ensemble session

1st March
Bartok - Dance Suite
Colin Metters

15th March
Beethoven - Symphony no 8 in F
Denise Ham

29th March
Beethoven - Symphony no 8 in F
Denise Ham; ensemble session


Summer 2018

19th April
Dvorak - Cello Concerto
Denise Ham

3rd May
Dvorak - Cello Concerto
Denise Ham

17th May
Dvorak - Cello Concerto
Denise Ham; ensemble session; soloist: Thomas Carroll

14th June
Wagner - Suite from “Die Meistersinger” - Prelude Act III, Dance of the Apprentices, Prelude Act I
Mark Wigglesworth

21st June
Debussy - L’apres-midi d’un faune
Denise Ham

5th July
Debussy - L’apres-midi d’un faune
Denise Ham; ensemble session



Watch how conducting skills are developed and refined over the year. For anyone interested, whether a trained musician or not.

Available as gifts.


Single session

Five sessions

Year subscription

 Charlton House, London

Charlton House, London

Where and when does it happen? 

The course takes place one day each fortnight during term time, from 11:15am to 5:15pm (with a break at 1:15).

The venue is Charlton House, a 400 year old Jacobean manor house and concert venue in Greenwich, London. See map & directions


Who studies on the course?

The course is open to any musician wishing to develop their conducting, for working with professional, amateur or student orchestras or choirs. 

Students are generally musicians with at least some conducting experience and a level of familiarity with core orchestral repertoire, who are wishing to develop and refine their conducting technique. Since the course provides comprehensive technical training, previous conducting experience is not essential - good musicianship is much more important.

Past students of Denise include many professional conductors, film and concert composers, music college professors, ensemble and band leaders, and orchestral musicians.


Who observes the course? 

"Having limited experience and wanting to expand my knowledge of conducting, I signed up to observe Denise Ham's classes at the London Conducting Academy. I have learnt so much already after the first term, benefitting from Denise's technical expertise and experience and being able to take part in technique sessions. The fantastic teaching combined with a friendly atmosphere have made the course enjoyable and worthwhile."
- Felicity, observer

Anyone interested in learning more about the art and technique of conducting can observe the course. Observers include music students, those interested in classical music, conductors, teachers and performing musicians.

Observing the course is a great way to learn how a conductor communicates aspects of music like phrasing, emotion, timing, character, density, structure, counterpoint and melody; the conductor's responsibilities and methods, from their own practise to rehearsal to concert; score-reading and learning technique; managing a rehearsal

Observers are welcome to join in with the group technique work at the start of each session, or simply to watch.


What happens in each session? 

Sessions begin with group technique work, which observers are welcome to join in with. The focus then usually moves onto a specific piece, and the eight enrolled students work in turn with the pianists or ensemble through sections of the work, with feedback from the teacher and players.


What should observers bring?

We recommend bringing a score of the music. To find these, you could try a library, search or buy from or, or from your local music shop such as Chimes


"After doing a number of weekend conducting workshops and week long masterclasses both in London and Budapest, I decided that I needed a conducting course that lasted much longer and was more progressive if i was to really improve my conducting technique. I could not have made a better decision than to put myself in the hands of Denise Ham and the other excellent tutors at the London Conducting Academy - within a matter of weeks my conducting had changed radically and I realised that by the end of the course I would emerge a much better conductor indeed.

Catching the early morning flights back and forth from Belfast to London has been absolutely worth it, as the marvellous repertoire has been varied and the tuition extremely informative. The atmosphere and class setting, not to mention the friendships made has made for a very memorable experience. My only regret is that a course like this didn’t exist when I first started conducting."
- Gary Shields M.A (Mus) - Ormeau Concert Band, Aughnaskeagh Silver Band, Lisburn Young Defenders and Roses Lane Ends temperance Flute Bands

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September 2018 - July 2019


Denise Ham (course director) • John Longstaff
Dominic Grier • Christopher Seaman • Richard Farnes


  Beethoven - Symphony no.4 in B flat • Brahms - Overture “Academic Festival”
Dukas - The Sorcerer’s Apprentice • Mozart - Recitatives from Cosi fan Tutti
Mozart - Symphony no 41 in C “Jupiter” • Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor  Shostakovitch - Symphony no 5 • Strauss - Don Juan
Verdi - Act II, Scene I of Traviata • Weber - Overture “Der Freischutz”



Autumn 2018
Thurs 20 September (closed to observers)
Thurs 4 October (closed to observers)
Thurs 18 October 

Thurs 8 November
Thurs 22 November
Thurs 6 December

Spring 2019
Thurs 17 January
Thurs 31 January
Thurs 14 February 

Thurs 7 March
Thurs 21 March
Thurs 4 April

Summer 2019
Thurs 25 April
Thurs 9 May
Thurs 23 May

Thurs 13 June
Thurs 27 June
Thurs 11 July


LONDON CONDUCTING ACADEMY is the professional conducting course from Greenwich Music School, led by Denise Ham.