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Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship

Our two-year Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship programme is for young conductors on the verge of a career. The programme is fully funded by the Leverhulme Trust, administrated by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the new music ensemble, Red Note, and includes a £15,000 a year bursary to the succesful candidate.

The Conducting Fellows will work extensively with the Conservatoire’s Artistic Director of Conducting, Garry Walker and with all the orchestras and ensembles within the Conservatoire, including the Opera and Modern Ballet departments.

The position will provide a unique blend of training within the context of a supportive Conservatoire environment and extensive professional links, both with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – where Fellows will act as assistant to their Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard – and other principal Scottish performing arts organisations such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The aim of the programme is to provide a final bridge between a young conductor’s postgraduate study and their eventual access to the profession itself. Previous Conducting fellows who have made succesful entries into the profession include Jessica Cottis, Fergus McLeod, Ciaran McAuley, Holly Mathieson and Jiří Rožeň.

In order to apply for the Leverhulme Fellowship, we ask you to submit two contrasting videos, preferably including both performance and rehearsal time, accompanied by a CV. The repertoire for the videos is up to you, but whatever you choose please try to make sure that the audio and video is correctly in sync, otherwise it can look like you are ahead of or behind the ensemble! The deadline for this submission is Friday 30 November 2018.

The submission of the materials must be made online, using the Acceptd website https://app.getacceptd.com/rcs From there, you will need to create a user account, and then under ‘Start an Application’ select ‘Area: Music’, ‘Degree: Leverhulme Fellowship’ and ‘Program: Leverhulme Fellowship’. The Conservatoire charges an application administration fee of £25.

We will review the videos submitted before the end of the year, and will invite approximately ten people to audition in Glasgow on 4 March. This audition will be in two rounds. In the first round you will conduct a small ensemble in a reduced version of a standard work, plus an aural test and an interview. Around four people will be invited to the second round, which will comprise an opportunity to conduct the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra in a concerto.

The Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship is open to applicants of any age and nationality.

Please feel free to contact Dr J Simon van der Walt, Conducting Co-ordinator, if you have any further enquiries about the Fellowship js.vanderwalt@rcs.ac.uk.