RNCM to host online conducting events

Two free online events are being hosted by Mark Heron at the RNCM aimed at helping develop wide ranging conducting skills.

  The RNCM will host the online events led by Mark Heron

The Royal Northern College of Music continues to pioneer new ways of producing online resources to help develop conducting talent with the announcement that it is to host two new events in November.


The RNCM is part of an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership with the University of Stavanger (Norway), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Open University (UK) in a three-year project creating online resources in the field of conducting pedagogy.

In November it will host two online conferences. These are free, but pre-registration is required.

RNCM 'Appetiser' Event

Monday 2nd November
7.30 — 9.00pm

This will be an evening of professional development for existing and aspiring conductors of amateur orchestras, brass bands, wind bands and choirs, led by Mark Heron, RNCM's Head of Conducting.

He will also present a case study on a COVID-secure return to performance.

Mark told 4BR: "Utilising the brand-new ConductIT video resources the interactive practical session will be both a useful 'MOT' for conducting technique, and a demonstration of the kind of materials that will be available when the project is launched."

It will also include a presentation on performing jazz-influenced repertoire in a 'cool' way with RNCM Professor of Conducting, Clark Rundell.

Vocal leadership in the online environment will be covered by Stuart Overington, the RNCM's Director of Choirs, and an acknowledged expert on presenting workshops with young singers.

Capt Sam Hairsine, RNCM Conducting alumnus and now a Director of Music in the Royal Marines Band Service will talk about using social media to present online activity & recruit new members to your organisation.

ConductIT Virtual Conference

Thursday 5th November
1.00 — 4.00pm (2.00-5.00pm CET)

Mark Heron will host this special international event which will include an interview with Edward Gardner, Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic and Principal Conductor Designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Morten Wensberg, Dean of the Music Faculty at University of Stavanger will talk about the future of online music education, whilst Sam Duffy, Centre Manager for PRiSM, the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music, will discuss the psychology of teaching online.


More information and registration details for both events can be found at: https://www.rncm.ac.uk/conductit-virtual-conferences-november-2020/.

The events are free, but pre-registration is required.

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