The Academy’s postgraduate conducting course is internationally recognised as one of the foremost programmes for training conductors.

Our students have many opportunities to work with talented players and singers in a variety of settings, from two-piano workshops and intimate chamber ensembles to full symphony orchestra. Academy conductors work in a friendly, collaborative and focused environment which prepares them for professional conducting careers.

Conducting Open Day: 27th November 2016

The Academy offers a two-year course of Principal Study Conducting at postgraduate level.

Conducting is offered at undergraduate level in introductory classes to all students and as intermediate and advanced electives for students who wish to pursue it to a high level.

Conducting: Your Experience

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme



Sam Batchelor, Conducting Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7405 / Email

Sian Edwards

Head of Conducting: Sian Edwards

Has conducted most of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies

Conductor of major operatic world premieres

Recordings with London Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera

Music Director of English National Opera 1993–95

Regular concerts with Ensemble Modern

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Christian Thielemann joins Academy staff


Eminent conductor is appointed Carl Maria von Weber Visiting Professor of Conducting

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Upcoming Events

The Barbirolli Lectures: The Principal’s Interview — Oliver Knussen

Wednesday, 25.01.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Professor Oliver Knussen discusses his life and career with Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.

Academy Manson Ensemble with London Sinfonietta

Wednesday, 01.02.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Sian Edwards conducts Thomas Adès' In Seven Days with the Academy Manson Ensemble and London Sinfonietta

The Barbirolli Lectures: Conducting at the Academy since 1826

Thursday, 09.02.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Professor of Public Engagement Professor Raymond Holden traces the history of conducting at the Academy

Trevor Pinnock conducts Academy Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 24.02.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Trevor Pinnock conducts Haydn and Mozart

The Barbirolli Lectures: Sir Mark Elder at 70

Wednesday, 15.03.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Sir Mark Elder discusses his approach to the great German masters

Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 24.03.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

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  ‘I am working to make a wide and varied range of options open to conducting students’

Sian Edwards