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

 
It has been most wonderful studying with Denise over the year and on such a fantastically organised course. It was everything that I hoped for!
The structure and delivery of the course was perfectly suited to my needs musically and practically with work commitments. I have learnt a huge amount over the year and really feel that I’ve developed as a conductor with the insight and guidance from Denise.
— Benjamin James, founder & artistic director of Illyrian Ensemble, principal conductor of Barnet Youth Orchestra, associate conductor of Lewisham Concert Band.
 
 

Up to eight students are accepted each year, and 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

Application deadline 20th February 2019
Late applications considered as space allows.

Next date: 18th February 2019
Participate or observe

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

Repertoire & tutors

September 2018 - July 2019

Autumn 2018

Thurs 20 September (closed to observers)
Mozart - Symphony no 41 in C “Jupiter”
Denise Ham

Thurs 4 October (closed to observers)
Mozart - Symphony no 41 in C “Jupiter”
Denise Ham

Thurs 18 October
Mozart - Symphony no 41 in C “Jupiter”
Denise Ham; ensemble session


Thurs 8 November
Brahms - Overture “Academic Festival”
Weber - Overture “Der Freischutz”
Denise Ham

Thurs 22 November
Brahms - Overture “Academic Festival”
Weber - Overture “Der Freischutz”
Denise Ham; ensemble session

Thurs 6 December
Strauss - Don Juan
Dominic Grier

Spring 2019

Thurs 17 January
Beethoven - Symphony no.4 in B flat
Denise Ham

Thurs 31 January
Beethoven - Symphony no.4 in B flat
Denise Ham

Thurs 14 February
Beethoven - Symphony no.4 in B flat
enise Ham; ensemble session


Thurs 7 March
Dukas - The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Christopher Seaman

Thurs 21 March
Mozart - Recitatives from Cosi fan Tutte
Denise Ham; ensemble session

Thurs 4 April
Verdi - Act II, Scene I of Traviata
Score Study with John Longstaff

Summer 2019

Thurs 25 April
Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor
Denise Ham; Soloist: Alissa Firsova

Thurs 9 May
Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor
enise Ham; soloist: Alissa Firsova; ensemble session

Thurs 23 May
Verdi - Act II, Scene I of Traviata
Richard Farnes
 

Thurs 13 June
Shostakovitch - Symphony no 5
Denise Ham

Thurs 27 June
Shostakovitch - Symphony no 5
Denise Ham

Thurs 11 July
Shostakovitch - Symphony no 5
Denise Ham; ensemble session

 
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OBSERVE

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

£119 if booked before October

 
 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 imslp.org or buy from prestoclassical.co.uk or musicroom.com, or from your local music shop such as Chimes

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