Sorrell Women Conductors Programme

The Sorrell Women Conductors Programme aims to help women conductors bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study.

The course - held over four weekends - 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 in the 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.

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.

2019-20 Details

Weekend One

Up to 12 participants (£300 per participant, bursaries available on application and contributions to travel and accommodation for all participants. No fee for current Academy students)
Friday 30 August - Sunday 1 September 2019

Weekend Two

Up to 6 selected participants (no cost)
Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October 2019

Weekend Three

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 November 2019

Weekend Four

Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 January 2020

Apply by Friday 28 June 2019 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.