Conductors for Change

Conductors for Change gives music leaders the tools, strategies and practical conducting techniques to set up a new instrumental ensemble, or develop an existing one. Created by a team of highly experienced music directors and educators this flexible programme of hands-on training is rooted in inclusive practice

Conducting Days

You will work with a mixed-ability, school orchestra for a day to develop conducting and rehearsing skills in a real musical setting. Conducting Days will be led by Bob Pepper MBE who will provide expert guidance and tuition in a series of conducting workshops focusing on the key aspects of conducting a mixed-ability instrumental ensemble. The number of participants is limited so that each receives plenty of opportunity for conducting practice and personalised feedback. 

We are delighted to announce the dates for our new hands-on music leadership training events to be held in the West Midlands and South West. As a crucial part of our new blended learning programme in music leadership, these face-to-face training days will give music teachers and leaders the opportunity to work with a mixed-ability youth orchestra for a day to help develop fundamental conducting skills, under the expert guidance of Robert Pepper MBE.

It’s quite scary getting up to conduct for the first time so to do it in a safe space was great!
— Conductors for Change Participant 2016-2017

The Conductors for Change programme has been created by experienced conductors and qualified music teachers bringing together high-quality ensemble conducting and outstanding teaching and learning. Conductors for Change draws young musicians into the rehearsal process, promoting active learning and reflective practice to help develop musical independence and collaborative skills. The Conductors for Change learning content is transferable to curriculum classroom music and demonstrates excellence in music teaching practice. 


Conducting Day 1: Introduction to Conducting

For music teachers and leaders who have little or no conducting experience. 

Conducting Day 1 focuses on: Start-up skills in conducting technique

But also includes:

  • Planning inclusive and engaging rehearsals
  • Selecting repertoire and preparing the score
  • Making the music accessible to all
  • Developing active and reflective young musicians  

Fee: £125

Your place on the Conducting Day is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Dates for Conducting Day 1 to be confirmed in Autumn 2018. To register your interest in the course, complete our expression of interest form.


Conducting Day 2: Developing your conducting

For music teachers and leaders who have had some experience of conducting but want to develop their skills further. You do not have to have attended Conducting Day 1 to take part in Day 2.

Conducting Day 2 focuses on: Developing expressive conducting technique

But also includes:

  • Providing musical challenge and promoting musical aspiration
  • Nurturing student leadership and collaboration
  • Deepening musical understanding through in-rehearsal practical analysis

This day will include how to challenge young players in their own expressive musicianship and music leadership as well as building in functional analysis of the music into practical rehearsals. 

Fee: £125 

Your place on the Conducting Day is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Dates for Conducting Day 2 to be confirmed in Autumn 2018. To register your interest in the course, complete our expression of interest form.

What is Conductors for Change?

Conductors for Change (CFC) aims to develop essential skills and knowledge required to set up and conduct an effective mixed-ability, inclusive instrumental ensemble. We are creating a new blended learning programme in conducting and ensemble leadership aimed at music teachers and music leaders. 

Drawing on expertise in mixed-ability inclusive orchestral practice developed and demonstrated though our National Orchestra for All and Modulo Programme, CFC includes a series of online units covering a range of areas of music leadership:

  • conducting technique
  • arranging for mixed-ability ensembles
  • leading effective and inclusive rehearsals
  • large group improvisation

CFC also includes face-to-face training days where a group of music leaders will work hands-on with a youth orchestra to develop their conducting technique with expert guidance from the conducting team at Orchestras for All. Previous CFC training events have included workshops with Sian Edwards, Head of Conducting at RAM and Bob Pepper MBE, Music Director of the English Schools Orchestra. 

How do I sign up?

The online programme is currently in development, but you can sign up for the Conducting Days at the top of this page. If you want to receive regularly updates about the CFC programme please sign up using our online form and we’ll let you know when our online modules become available.

Any questions, please contact Emma Oliver-Trend, CFC Programme Manager:


By phone: 0207 267 4141


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