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RNCM and Brass Bands England invite applications for January conducting workshop

6th December 2019

The RNCM and Brass Bands England are pleased to invite applications for their Brass Band Conducting Workshop in January 2020. Brass Band conducting has long been a male-dominated field, and with this opportunity we would like to open the doors to existing talent with a view to redressing the gender balance in the leadership of our Brass Bands.

Open to female-identifying, trans, and non-binary conductors, the workshop will be led by Norwegian conductor Halldis Rønning and Acting Head of Conducting at the RNCM, Mark Heron.

An hour-long introductory technique session will be followed by a two-hour workshop, that will culminate in a short public performance as part of the RNCM Brass Band Festival.

BBE’s Education and Development Coordinator Sarah Baumann commented: ‘This is an excellent opportunity for conductors of all levels and experience to improve their technique and be a part of this varied and exciting festival. This is one of two events supported by BBE as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity in the Brass Band sector, the second being a panel discussion focusing on real life experiences of women, and aspirations for the future of women in Brass Bands, which I am very much looking forward to chairing.”

Workshops will be held at the RNCM in Manchester on Sunday 26 January 2020 from 10am. You must be free on this date to be eligible for this opportunity. Please note, although workshops are free to participate in, we cannot cover any related travel or accommodation expenses.

We aim to select a maximum of four active participants in the workshops. If you are not selected to participate, you are welcome to observe the workshops for free.

If you would like to register your interest for this opportunity, please send the following to Paul Massey at

  • An email outlining why you are interested in this opportunity (max 300 words)
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A video link to a recent footage of your conducting (non-compulsory)