Postgraduate Programmes in Orchestral Performance

Orchestral Performance is offered as an MMus or Postgraduate Diploma programme on the following instruments: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Percussion & Timpani, Tenor / Bass Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola and Violin.

MMus – 13 months intensive or two years full-time commencing in September.
Postgraduate Diploma – 10 months intensive or two years full-time commencing in September.

Key Features

  • Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
  • Participation in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and/or Welsh National Opera placement schemes
  • Mentoring scheme with industry professionals
  • Orchestral and sectional rehearsal and performance opportunities at RWCMD
  • Specialist, advanced orchestral repertoire performance tuition
  • Advanced tuition available in supporting areas such as Alexander Technique, doubling instrument, end-of-line instruments and period instruments
  • Professional accompaniment provision

Key Features of all Postgraduate Programmes

  • Two year, full time programmes starting in September
  • One year intensive programmes available in some cases
  • Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
  • Training in career development, self-promotion and sustainable technique
  • International masterclass series
  • Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
  • Opportunities to work on historical instruments, supported by Informed Performance classes and seminars
  • Wide range of performance opportunities in world-class facilities
  • Training in performance analysis and presentation (MMus only)
  • Study of psychology of collaborative performance for conductors and orchestral performance (MMus only)
  • Advanced research training (MMus only)
  • Optional work-based learning module
  • Optional training in advanced teaching skills, outreach, sound recording and arts management
  • Opportunity to create and curate own performance projects
  • Focus on employability and transferable skills
  • Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire

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