The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced its annual programme of external conducting courses. Led by RNCM conducting staff Mark Heron and Clark Rundell, these events provide world class development opportunities for conductors at all levels.


Following last year’s successful début, there will again be a weekend course in November focusing on conducting wind and brass bands. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct both the RNCM’s Wind Orchestra and Brass Band, giving an unparalleled opportunity to develop their skills in front of these outstanding ensembles.


Mark Heron, says: ‘At the RNCM we are very proud of our conducting courses, both for full-time students and the various short courses that we run. The masterclass programme is long established and has unearthed some outstanding talents, so we are delighted to extend it to include this focus on wind & brass band conducting. The RNCM Wind Orchestra has an international reputation through its acclaimed series of recordings, and of course Manchester and the RNCM are strongly connected to the brass band tradition.’


This course is part of a series of four events which also includes a two-day course for choral conductors, and tour orchestral courses in partnership with Manchester Camerata.


There is also a second strand of courses aimed at music educators working with youth orchestras, bands and ensembles. This course enables participants to develop their technical and artistic skills with a specific focus on working with young musicians, and operates over three workshops (October, January and February) with an e-learning component between the practical sessions.

Full course details and application packs are available online at