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

Our students get unrivalled amounts of podium time – rehearsing with talented players in a variety of instrumental ensembles, from full symphony orchestras to intimate chamber music settings. Academy conductors work in a friendly, collaborative and focused environment which prepares them for professional conducting careers.

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



Alison Booker, 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


New audition centre opens in Australia


Academy opens audition centre in Australia


Ton Koopman’s Bach Prize


An inspirational few days with a great Bachian


The Barbirolli Lectures: Sir Mark Elder at 70

06.10.2017 金曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Sir Mark Elder discusses his approach to the masterworks by Russian, French, Scandinavian, Czech and British composers

Semyon Bychkov conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

13.10.2017 金曜日 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony

Conducting Open Day free

22.10.2017 日曜日 10:30, Duke’s Hall

A chance for prospective students and anyone interested in the art of conducting to come and see how the Academy trains postgraduate students

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

26.10.2017 木曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Oliver Knussen discusses his life and career with the Academy’s Principal, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.

James Newton Howard: Three Decades of Music for Hollywood

03.11.2017 金曜日 19:30, Royal Albert Hall

James Newton Howard conducts some of his greatest scores


twitterでフォローする@RoyalAcadMusic@RoyalAcadMusic #conducting
@RoyalAcadMusic • 8月 19
Good luck to #conducting #alum @glassyben, stepping in tonight to conduct La clemenza di Tito, making @glyndebourne debut. #toitoitoi
@RoyalAcadMusic • 8月 19
Henry Wood, who studied and taught here, died #otd in 1944. Here he is briefly #conducting in Duke’s Hall, 1926:
@RoyalAcadMusic • 8月 17
Good luck to #conducting #alum @Rumongamba, who performs tonight @bbcproms


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

Sian Edwards