The Ingenium Academy is running a conducting course this summer for budding 14-18 year-old conductors
About Our Conducting Programme
Dates: 19 July - 2 August 2020 *
We are offering a unique opportunity for young conductors to gain hands-on experience and expert tuition in conducting.
In 2020, we are offering two separate weeks of our conducting programme. The first week is for students with a modest amount of experience. The second week is for more advanced students with considerable experience. Students may attend the two weeks consecutively.
Dates for the 2020 Conducting programme are as follows:
- 19 July - 26 July: Intermediate
- 26 July - 2 August: Advanced
Our conducting programme encompasses all the essential rehearsal and performance aspects for young conductors. Each day will comprise a full warm up followed by individual and group tuition across the following areas:
- Score reading and preparation
- Musical analysis and history
- Baton technique
- Rehearsal technique
- Controlling, shaping and phrasing
Students will also have the chance to conduct part of a live rehearsal. During the Intermediate week students will be working with smaller chamber ensembles. During the Advanced week there will be opportunities to spend some time observing and contributing to rehearsals with the Ingenium Academy orchestra/choir.
Students will have the rare opportunity to attend "question and answer" sessions with professional orchestral players, to learn from the performers' perspective about the best forms of communication and direction for each instrument group.
As part of your application to the Ingenium Academy Conducting Programme you will need to submit a short audition video and written personal statement. In addition there will be some score analysis questions that you should answer to the best of your ability.
We are looking for young people with a keen interest in conducting, a high standard of musicianship, a great sense of team spirit and a love of music making.
Our students will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of vocal, instrumental and musical workshops led by internationally renowned experts in jazz, chamber, folk and international music. These workshops are designed to broaden each student's musical experience by exposing them to something new and challenging.
Previous workshops have included:
- Musical awareness, performance skills and interpretation
- Composition and arranging
- Jazz improvisation and performance
- Instrumental improvisation and devising music
- Chamber and small ensemble playing
- Beatboxing and a cappella
- Life in the music industry
- Gospel choir
- Healthy instrumental practice techniques and avoiding injury
- African drumming, body percussion and dance
Course leader: Tim Redmond
We’re delighted that our conducting programme will be led by Tim Redmond. Tim is a regular guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is Professor of Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Tim has appeared in the UK with orchestras including the BBC Concert, Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and the Ulster Orchestra. He also has a long-standing association with the Manchester Camerata. He has conducted widely throughout Europe and the US with orchestras including the St Louis Symphony, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Timothy Redmond is well-known as a conductor of contemporary music and has a particular association with the music of Thomas Adès. His recent recordings include Alison Balsom’s album Paris with Guy Barker (Warner Classics), and Dreams with Ophélie Gaillard and the RPO (Harmonia Mundi).