&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
17th October 2016
Apply now for a conducting masterclass with Marin Alsop and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Applications are now open for a half day masterclass for aspiring women conductors with Marin Alsop on Friday 27 January 2017 at London’s Southbank Centre.

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra, in varied repertoire and conduct a lunchtime performance for the public.

Marin has long championed providing opportunities for young women conductors and similarly, the Southbank Centre is committed to championing the increased visibility of women in classical music. As such, this conducting masterclass is in the public performance platform of The Clore Ballroom and has an invited public audience auditing the course.

They will also the get the opportunity to attend a closed rehearsal with Marin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and attend a concert on Saturday 28 January with Marin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre.

The full masterclass package will include:

- conducting session with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Marin Alsop

- open Q&A with Marin Alsop

- public concert performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

- invitation to observe closed rehearsal with Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

- invitation to attend the concert with Marin Alsop conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 28 January

Participating conductors will be given approximately 22 minutes of podium time with the BBC Concert Orchestra under instruction from Marin Alsop. Each participating conductor will also be assigned a section of the course repertoire in advance to conduct in concert at lunchtime on the day.

All conducting sessions will be video recorded and will be emailed to participating conductors after the masterclass.


Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor

Additional repertoire to be announced

Masterclass schedule for participating conductors:

(Subject to change – please check upon arrival)

Day 1: Friday 27 January 2017

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

9am: Arrival

9.30am – 12.30pm: Conducting workshop with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Marin Alsop (all five conductors rotate)

12.30pm – 1pm: Q&A with Marin Alsop and women conductors

1pm – 2pm: Friday Lunch Concert with BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by participant conductors

2pm-3pm: Debrief with participant conductors

Day 2: Saturday 28 January 2017

Barbican Centre

3pm – 6.30pm: Participant conductors observe closed rehearsal with Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

7.15pm: Participant conductors attend pre-concert talk and concert with Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

How to Apply

Applications will close on Sunday 11 December 2016. Applicants will be notified on Tuesday 20 December 2016.

Payment for successful applicants is due on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

This opportunity is for rising female conductors with significant experience in conducting.

To apply, please complete this application form.

Participation Fee: £30

The chosen successful applicants will be required to pay the £30 participation fee no later than two weeks after notice of acceptance to the workshop. The fee will act as a deposit to reserve each participant’s or auditor’s place in the workshop. Unless another conductor is available, this fee is non-refundable. Five conductors will be chosen to take part in the masterclass.

There is no application fee for this opportunity.

Successful applicants are responsible for any travel and accommodation they require to attend the masterclass activities.

Unsuccessful applicants are invited to audit the course with the public audience.

Application forms can be found here.

Read more on the Southbank Centre website here.