Applications are now open for our series of external conducting courses in 2016/17. You can apply here for masterclasses in November and February. Following it's hugely successful debut last year, we are again running our course for Music Educators - 3 short courses and an additional e-learning element from October to February.
Last week we were delighted to have the eminent British composer, Colin Matthews, with us for a festival hosted by the RNCM and BBC Philharmonic. I conducted a programme with the RNCM New Ensemble which included two of Colin's virtuoso ensemble works: Contraflow & Hidden Variables
"8 days, 30 events, 100 living North West composers. This is the largest, most intense focus on new music in Manchester, with over 50 new works performed at the RNCM, University of Manchester and venues across the city. The new music scene in the North West has never been as rich, as experimental, or as diverse. Sir Harrison Birtwistle is in residence for three days hearing 12 of his works performed. There’s electronics, opera, orchestras, chamber music, folk, pop – sometimes separate, sometimes combined. Come and discover this massive spectrum of original work, performed by musicians who live and breathe new music."
Delighted to have been a part of this, and in particular to have conducted "Panic" with the man himself.
A fantastically busy Autumn is now over, with particular highlights being lots of Beethoven, Sibelius's 3rd & 5th symphonies in the run-up to his 150th anniversary in December, and a fabulous festival of Robert Saxton's music at the RNCM. It was also great to visit Stavanger for the first time and see their fast-developing conducting programme.