Music Auditions & Applications
Conducting Programme Applications
We are looking for talented and dedicated young musicians who want to gain or develop their conducting skills.
Applying for the Conducting Programme
You can apply for the conducting programme using our online application form. You will need to upload a short audition video and a written personal statement, as well as completing a short questionnaire of musical 'detective work'. A deposit is also required to secure your application. You can read more about the programme here.
Please read the following information carefully, and have these things ready before you fill out your application form:
As part of your application you will need to submit a short video of yourself conducting to camera (there is no need for any musicians or music).
We would like to see you conduct the following three time signatures. For each time signature, choose a different style from the list below. You may not repeat a style.
- Four bars (measures) of 2/4 time in your chosen style
- Four bars (measures) of 3/4 time in your chosen style
- Four bars (measures) of 4/4 time in your chosen style
Use the following styles:
- legato and slow
- staccato and light
- marcato and fast
We ask for a short personal statement about why you want to attend the course, what you wish to gain from the experience and why you feel you are suited to our programme. This should be no longer than 350 words. You can upload a Microsoft Word or PDF document to the application form.
Musical Detective Work
Please download this PDF, which is the first page of a musical score. On the application form there will be a few short questions about the music - please answer them to the best of your ability.
Details and documents
You will also need the following information / documents:
- A clear, passport-style photo ready to upload
- A letter of recommendation from your music teacher / school counselor, ready to upload (Word documents or PDF's are accepted).
- The contact details of 2 parents/guardians
- The name and email address of your music teacher / school counselor
IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all uploaded documents contain the student's name and date of birth in the file name. Thank you.
In order to secure your application, a deposit of £250 is payable. In the event that your application is unsuccessful, this will be refunded minus a £20 administration fee.
We're delighted that our conducting programme will be led by Tim Redmond. Tim is a regular guest conductor with top orchestras across Europe and has given concerts in the UK with the Philharmonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra, with the BBC Concert, Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestras, as well as Sinfonia Viva and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has a long-standing association with the Manchester Camerata, and in 2006 was appointed principal conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic.