Orchestral Conducting B

When and Where

10 Jan 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 (45 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:30 - 13:30
Morley College London


Full fee
£365 Staged Payments may be available
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

A practical course focussing on the building of a clear and reliable conducting technique, with the regular opportunity to conduct the Saturday morning Conductors' Orchestra. The course takes place on Fridays 18.00 - 20.00 and Saturdays 10:30-13:30.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the main characteristics of the orchestral sections
  • Understand a range of practical 'off score' points about the scoring of instruments
  • Understand the challenges of working with soloists
  • Understand what is necessary for successfully conducting recitative

Class format and activities

Examining the characteristics of the orchestral sections, including background knowledge about matters not evident from scores.
There will be practical workshops with singers on the art of conducting recitative.
You will be conducting the orchestra several times during the term

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Good knowledge of music notation and standard musical terms and symbology
Good understanding of clefs and transposition
Ability to follow an orchestral score.

Online enrolment on term 2 of this course is only available to those enrolled in the previous term.
If you are a current student you will have received an email alerting you to this.
If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the curriculum department will contact you.

What you need to know before you enrol

Conducting is a very physical activity requiring quick score-reading abilities and bodily coordination.

What you will need for your class

Baton, notebook

What you can do next

Orchestral conducting runs throughout the year. You may also be interested in any advanced conducting courses or summer schools; working with orchestras and bands.
You may also be interested in any composition course Morley College offers, such as 'Pathways to Composition', 'Composition Workshop' and 'Orchestration and Arranging'. Morley College also offers instrumental courses from beginners to advanced. You tutor will advise you individually.