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
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
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.