Conducting Fellowship

Our two-year Conducting Fellowship programme is for young conductors on the verge of a career. The Fellowship is offered in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the new music ensemble, Red Note, and includes a bursary of £16,000 per year for the successful candidate.

The Conducting Fellows will work extensively with the teaching staff on the conducting programme, visiting conductors, and with all the orchestras and ensembles within the Conservatoire.

The position will provide a unique blend of training within the context of a supportive Conservatoire environment and extensive professional links, both with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra where Fellows will act as assistant to their Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard and other principal Scottish performing arts organisations such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The aim of the programme is to provide a final bridge between a young conductor’s postgraduate study and their eventual access to the profession itself. Previous Conducting fellows who have made successful entries into the profession include Jessica Cottis, Fergus McLeod, Ciaran McAuley, Holly Mathieson, Jiří Rožeň, and Simon Proust.

Applications for the Leverhulme Fellowship in Conducting for 2020-22 are now closed. For information on future applications, please revisit this page in December.

<!–In order to apply for the Leverhulme Fellowship, we ask you to submit two contrasting videos, preferably including both performance and rehearsal time, accompanied by a CV. The repertoire for the videos is up to you, but whatever you choose please try to make sure that the audio and video is correctly in sync, otherwise it can look like you are ahead of or behind the ensemble! The deadline for this submission is Saturday 30 November 2019.

The submission of the materials must be made online, using the Acceptd website https://app.getacceptd.com/rcs

From there, you will need to create a user account, and then under ‘Start an Application’ select ‘Area: Music’, ‘Degree: Leverhulme Fellowship’ and ‘Program: Leverhulme Fellowship’. There is a £25 fee for the application process: this is to cover our staff costs in viewing the large number of videos that we expect to be submitted.

We will review the videos submitted before the end of the year, and will invite approximately 10 people to audition in Glasgow on 17 February 2020. This audition will be in two rounds. In the first round, you will conduct a small ensemble in a reduced version of a standard work, plus an aural test and an interview. Around four people will be invited to the second round, which will comprise an opportunity to conduct the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire for both rounds will be notified to applicants in due course.

The Conducting Fellowship is open to applicants of any age and nationality.

Please feel free to contact Dr J Simon van der Walt, Conducting Co-ordinator, if you have any further enquiries about the Fellowship at js.vanderwalt@rcs.ac.uk. –>

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