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Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship

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 are now already active in the profession:

Jessica Cottis (2010-12) Guest conductor BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra and many others
Fergus McLeod (2012-14) Charles Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera
Ciaran McAuley (2013-14) Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Holly Mathieson (2014-15) Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Applications for the Leverhulme Fellowship in Conducting for 2018-20 are now closed. Applications for 2019-21 will open in Summer of 2018, with a provisional deadline of 1 Novemmber 2018. The initial application is by means of two contrasting videos, preferably including both performance and rehearsal time, accompanied by a CV. Auditions for shortlisted candidates are likely to be held in February 2019.

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