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

Sian Edwards