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Our postgraduate programme in conducting allows musicians to specialise in either orchestral, choral or brass band conducting, to develop your conducting style, technique and leadership strategies.

Collaboration with RWCMD students and ensembles is enhanced by partnerships and professional placement opportunities according to your specialism, including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, National Youth Ensembles of Wales and Cory Band.

Why study conducting at RWCMD?

  • You will develop a confident and distinctive personal conducting style through specialist training covering the full range of conducting techniques of a professional conductor whist immersing yourself in opportunities to perform, gain hands-on industry experience and collaborate across the full range of disciplines offered at RWCMD.
  • Our small, supportive department means that your training can be tailored to your individual needs, supporting and inspiring you to find your personal conducting style.
  • Orchestral conducting students benefit from in-house rehearsal and performance opportunities with various College ensembles, including the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of the College’s Conductor in Residence, David Jones.
  • The Brass Band Conducting programme is led by Dr Robert Childs, one of the most recognised and accomplished figures in the field and former director of Cory Band, the College’s Brass Band in Residence, ranked the world’s number one brass band.
  • Choral Conducting students, led by British conductor and artistic director Andrea Brown, work with amateur and professional choirs in a range of contexts and genres.
  • Choral Conductors work closely with staff and students from RWCMD’s Vocal and Opera departments
  • You’ll be taught by internationally renowned artists, collaborators and educators, all with contemporary careers performing at the highest level.
  • There are opportunities to observe and work with internationally acclaimed visiting conductors to analyse, discuss and practise your core repertoire.
  • Collaboration forms a huge part of what we do. Students develop their imagination and unique skillsets, as well as their employability, through staff and student-led collaboration across genres and departments – jazz, folk, composition, musical theatre, opera, design and drama.

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