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Women's Conducting Masterclass with Marin Alsop

Women conductors, apply now to learn under Marin Alsop’s baton and conduct the BCC Concert Orchestra. Southbank Centre Associate Artist and conducting superstar Marin Alsop, leads a half day masterclass for aspiring women conductors on Friday 27 January 2017.

Selected applicants have the opportunity to conduct Southbank Centre Associate Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, in varied repertoire and conduct a lunchtime performance for the public.

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.

The masterclass 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 are given approximately 25 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.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

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How to Apply
The application period for this opportunity is now closed. You can book a free ticket to observe this masterclass here.

Participation Fee: £30

The five 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 acts as a deposit to reserve a place in the workshop. Unless another conductor is available, this fee is non-refundable.

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.

Event instructions
Barber Adagio for Strings
Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor

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

9am: Arrival
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
Barbican Centre

3pm – 6.30pm: Participant conductors observe a closed rehearsal with Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

7.15pm: Participant conductors attend a pre-concert talk and concert with Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra