In our sessions, we will work on a flawless conducting technique through different exercises. Once the basis of the technique is laid down, we will move to repertoire that is chosen specifically for your development, so be prepared to take unexpected detours from the pieces you are expected to do. For example, I believe it is very helpful to understand how to conduct gregorian chant (the root of all our Western music), before moving to Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale or to understand the influence of both Schubert and Johann Strauss II on Mahler's writings.
An importnant aspect of my lessons is in score analysis, and depending on your background, we would spend various amounts of time to get to the bottom of what composers wrote down in the context of social/cultural background and style of music making.
We will talk a lot about art and literature, as I believe it is essential for any conductor to widen his/her view to all aspects of art and life.
I have taught conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague until I moved to London last year. During my time as Young Conductor in Association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, I have done many CPD trainings to develop the conducting technique of music teachers and conductors of amateur and school orchestras. Via South West Music School, I taught a group of very talented young people between the ages of 15 and 19. I have been involved with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Resound as a mentor for their conductor.
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