Maestro Conducting Masterclass with Peter Stark

This will be held on Sunday 7th May 2017, 11.30am – 6.00pm, at Silk Hall, Radley College (by kind permission of the Warden)

Closing date for entries: Saturday 4th March 2017

Click here to download the entry form.

Peter Stark

Peter has conducted a number of the world’s leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Hallé. He is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music, Rehearsal Director for the European Union Youth Orchestra and was Conducting Consultant to both the BBC 'Maestro' series.

Could this be for me……?

Previous experience of conducting is NOT essential - more important is musicianship, enthusiasm, adaptability, willingness to learn quickly and to try new things and sufficient confidence to direct an amateur symphony orchestra both in the Masterclass and in a performance at the end of the day. We hope that this Masterclass will indeed attract enthusiasts new to the podium. Familiarity with simple orchestral or choral scores would behelpful and the selected applicants will be expected to do some advance preparation. Participants must be aged between 16 and 21 on 1 May 2017. Successful applicants are likely to play an instrument to a good standard and to have had experience of either playing in an orchestra or singing in a choir.


Eight participants will be selected to work with Peter Stark and they must attend the whole of the Masterclass day, which will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The works to be studied are:

Dvorak - Symphony No.4 (Allegro, Andante sostenute e molto cantabile,
Scherzo: Allegro feroce, Allegro con brio)
Bizet - Carmen Suite 1 (Prelude and Aragonaise, Seguedille, Les Dragons d’Alcala, Les Toreadors)

Each conductor will receive an individual 30 minute Masterclass working on the particular movement of the work they have been allocated. Applicants may express a preference when applying but the final decision will be made by Peter Stark. The selected participants will be informed in advance of the decision. Participants are nevertheless advised to spend times familiarising themselves with all the scores ahead of the Masterclass to gain the maximum from the day. The whole day is open to the public and will conclude with a performance of the four works with the participants conducting. This will take place at 5.00pm. One conductor will be selected to conduct an overture in a forthcoming St Giles Orchestra concert. As well as the eight participants, two Reserve candidates will be chosen in case anyone drops out.

If you are offered a Reserve place, your cheque will be held by AMF until it is known whether or not a place can be offered.

You can view videorecordings of the final 2015 performances by clicking here.