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Aspiring Conductor

Short study - young people

Introduction

Throughout the year the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as one of the best performing arts schools in Europe, runs specialist study days and events which focus on a particular subject or skill area.

This specialist music course introduces students of secondary age to the principles of conducting and is led by Nigel Boddice, MBE.

This is the only course of its kind in Scotland and students will be offered the chance to develop and refine basic skills, including communicative gesture and rehearsal technique.

 

Introduction

Throughout the year the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as one of the best performing arts schools in Europe, runs specialist study days and events which focus on a particular subject or skill area.

This specialist music course introduces students of secondary age to the principles of conducting and is led by Nigel Boddice, MBE.

This is the only course of its kind in Scotland and students will be offered the chance to develop and refine basic skills, including communicative gesture and rehearsal technique.

 

Course outline

On this course young people with a passion for music, communication and gesture, will:

  • learn the foundations of directing in the art of baton technique
  • understand simple beating patterns
  • begin to appreciate the value of the preparation beat
  • think through more carefully how to develop rehearsal technique
  • gain an introduction to the role of the left hand

Having gained an introduction to solid conducting technique this intensive one day course culminates with students conducting a live ensemble of musicians.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

Course applicants must be aged 12–17 and be able to play an instrument at Grade 6 or above.

Preparing for your course

You will be sent a set score in advance to enable you to prepare for the course. Please bring a baton with you on the day.

Short course feedback

“The course was a great experience. I had a lot of fun, and learned a lot. I had never conducted before, so this was a whole new experience for me. It was very interesting and I feel the course will help me in my music.” Aspiring Conductor student, 2013

“It was a very valuable experience which I think will impact my playing and future musical career. It is difficult for young inexperienced people who want to conduct ensembles to actually conduct. This course was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself by conducting a full wind orchestra and a string quartet and learn from a great teacher.” 2015/16 Conducting student.

Observers

If you do not wish to take part as a performer on this course, you can join as an observer for a reduced tuition fee.

To observe this course, the fee is £65 for the day.

Book now.

 

At a glance...

Aspiring Conductor 10.00am– 5.00pm 65

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Teaching staff

Nigel Boddice MBE

Nigel Boddice MBE, Hon. ARAM is the former principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A position held for twenty years [75-95]. Hghlights included solo appearances at the Henry Wood Promenade concerts, chamber work and leading the BBCSSO Brass Ensemble.

For the last few years Nigel has combined teaching duties at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a multitude of engagements conducting bands, youth orchestras and ensembles of every variance, giving him a strong repertoire in several mediums. Appointments in the wind band world have included Chief Conductor for KNMM, NYWES as well as guest appearances worldwide. From this background there has been a natural progression towards adjudicating and examining, for example in New Zealand, Australia, throughout Europe, plus the four corners of the U.K.

For his special association with the young brass musicians of West Lothian, he accepted the inaugural presentation of the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and for his prolific presentation of contemporary music he was honoured by the Scottish Composers Society. In recognition of his input and work with the youth of Scotland generally, and West Lothian in particular, Nigel was awarded the MBE in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.