Applications are now open for the 2021 Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship.

Our two-year Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship programme is for young conductors on the verge of a career. The Fellowship is offered in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and includes a generous bursary for the successful candidate.

The Conducting Fellows will work extensively with Martyn Brabbins (Visiting Professor of Conducting), other Conservatoire teaching staff and visiting conductors, and with all the orchestras and ensembles within the Conservatoire. The fellowship will provide a unique blend of training within the context of a supportive Conservatoire environment and extensive professional links with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The aim of the fellowship is to provide a final bridge between a young conductor’s postgraduate study and their eventual access to the profession itself. Previous Leverhulme Conducting Fellows who have made successful entries into the profession include Jessica Cottis, Ciaran McAuley, Holly Mathieson, Jiri Rozen, Sergej Bolkhovets and Simon Proust.

The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the application process for the 2021 Fellowship appointment. The revised timetable for applications, shortlisting and auditions is as follows:

  • Wednesday 31 March 2021: applications close via
  • Friday 16 April 2021: shortlist announced and candidates contacted
  • Thursday 27 & Friday 28 May 2021: in-person auditions in Glasgow


You must submit an application via Acceptd where you will be invited to upload your personal information and media. In addition to filmed footage of your conducting, you are invited to submit film of you performing on your principal instrument or recordings of original compositions if you would like to do so in support of your application. If you have already submitted an application earlier in the process via Acceptd, you are welcome to update your contact details, content and/or media links. Please email directly with any updated information.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend Glasgow for two days (Thursday 27 and Friday 28 May). As part of the selection process, candidates will work with Red Note Ensemble as well as singers and instrumentalists studying at the RCS. Two or three candidates will be selected from the auditionees to work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of Professor Martyn Brabbins. Full details of required repertoire will be forwarded to candidates after the closing date.

Please contact Michael Bawtree, Conducting Coordinator, for any further information: