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Like stage magic, conducting is an activity steeped in mystery – many see the results but the complexity of the process means that it is one of perpetual learning. This series of presentations explores the component tasks, exposes some of the myths, analyses the challenges and examines the principles underlying the connection between gesture and high quality sound.

Dates & times

Option 1: Monday 17 August – Friday 21 August, 14.00-15.30 (UTC+1 – London)

Option 2: Monday 31 August – Friday 4 September, 14.00-15.30 (UTC+1 – London)


Five 90-minute classes:

  1. The task
    • What are we doing, why are we doing it and how can we approach this complex task most effectively?
  2. The music
    • Connecting musical narrative to external stimulus.
  3. A language of gesture
    • Examining the five elements of gesture.
  4. Enhancing the narrative
    • The keys to managing flow, phrasing and colouration of sound.
  5. Starting to win
    • Stimulating high quality sound.

Devised and presented via the Zoom platform by CA director Jonathan Brett, these classes are designed to be accessible for anyone – from those with musical experience and a desire to learn more about this fascinating art to the experienced professional conductor seeking further insight into building stronger connections with the musicians and the music.

Over the five classes, participants will be able to build a comprehensive picture of our systematic approach to conducting. This is based on the principles passed-down to CA directors Jonathan Brett and Maciej Żółtowski from the legendary St Petersburg-trained conductor, Yuri Simonov.

General musical knowledge of at least first degree level and some acquaintance with standard repertoire is assumed. The following works may be used for reference so basic familiarity with some of these is desirable but please note that detailed study is not necessary for any of them. Extracts from items in bold will definitely be referenced:

BeethovenEgmont Overture
Symphony No 3 Eroica (opening)
Symphony No 9 (opening of II)
BrahmsSymphony No 3 (opening)
MendelssohnSymphony No 3 Scottish
MozartFigaro Overture (opening)
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Symphony No 41 Jupiter (III)
ProkofievThe Montagues & Capulets (opening)
StraußAn der schönen blauen Donau
TchaikovskySymphony No 5 Romeo & Juliet (opening)

[Download links can be provided for anyone without access to printed scores]

We recommend participation in these classes to anyone interested in further study with CA since this information is essential for making effective progress. We will be developing further online classes and resources for those who wish to do so.

Money back guarantee
If you enrol for these classes and decide after the first session that you do not wish to participate further, then the fee will be refunded in full.


Regular price for this programme will be £150 for the five classes. Members can apply for the dates above with 50% discount – but hurry because numbers are limited.

Please note that applications for this offer must be sent before 10 August 2020.

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