Sorrell Women Conductors Programme now open for applications

-Posted on 30.05.2018

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to launch the Sorrell Women Conductors Programme, helping women conductors bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study.

The new course - held over four weekends between August 2018 and January 2019 - is aimed at women who are considering applying for a Master’s in orchestral conducting in the UK or abroad.

Participants will be invited to the first weekend this autumn, which will give conductors the chance to enhance their craft and develop wider skills in musical and personal leadership.

Sian Edwards, the Academy’s Head of Conducting, will lead the course alongside guest teachers in a series of workshops and mentoring sessions. The weekend culminates with a competition adjudicated by Sian Edwards and Edward Gardner, the Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic.

Up to six participants who show the greatest potential will be invited back for three further weekends where they will work to develop the skills and experience they need to close the gap between them and the best male applicants for postgraduate conducting programmes. Programme participants will have the opportunity to sit in on Academy postgraduate conducting classes, and will also have access to individual advice and mentoring throughout the year.

Phase one - Up to 12 participants (£300 per participant, no fee for current Academy students)

1. Friday 31 August - Sunday 2 September 2018

Phase two - Up to 6 selected participants (no cost)

2. Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 October 2018
3. Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 November 2018
4. Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 January 2019

Apply by Friday 22 June by emailing your CV and a letter of application outlining future projects and plans to

The Sorrell Conductors Programme is supported by The JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, in memory of Mr Jack Sorrell.

Contact for further details.

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