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Conducting www.ram.ac.uk/conducting Maxime Tortelier


’The Academy’s conducting course is an outstanding stepping stone to the professional world of orchestral conducting. Colin Metters’s all-embracing approach, with a strong emphasis on the psychological and physiological aspects of the discipline, has strongly shaped my conducting knowledge and experience, and the distinguished conductors who have guest-taught the class — George Hurst, Leif Segerstam, David Zinman to name a few — have only further broadened my musical horizon.


A typical week will consist of preparatory classes with piano and quintet, during which we explore musical and technical issues related to the work under scrutiny, focusing concomitantly on areas of personal development; our work then comes to fruition during orchestral sessions with the Academy’s talented musicians. New repertoire is learnt each week, which allows us to cover considerable ground and acclimatise to the potentially busy schedule of a conductor. Raymond Holden and David Pettit are


here all the while to give us a historical perspective on the profession and challenge our listening skills.


This highly productive framework, combined with the many enriching encounters one is bound to make with students and staff alike in such an establishment, and with London’s buzzing musical life at large, marks out the Academy’s conducting course as an ideal place for anyone who wants to become a professional conductor.’


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