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Marin Alsop: Women's Conducting Masterclass

Part of Women in Music at Southbank Centre

Support and learn from rising-star women conductors as they are expertly coached by conducting superstar and Southbank Centre Associate Artist Marin Alsop.

Get a fascinating insight into the skills and techniques needed to steer an orchestra in order to achieve the desired artistic outcome at this masterclass.

A combined orchestra featuring musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia are taken through a variety of repertoire by five conductors who receive expert guidance and feedback from both Alsop and the musicians.

All are invited to attend as part of the audience, but conducting students, school groups and young people are especially encouraged.

As part of our commitment to championing the increased visibility of women in classical music, this is an initiative in our Women in Music programme.

Dates & times

17 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 180 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed

need to know

Are you a female conductor? Apply now to learn under Marin Alsop’s baton and conduct in Royal Festival Hall.

This is a free opportunity, open to all women over the age of 18.

Selected applicants conduct a combined orchestra of musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra (Southbank Centre Associate Orchestra) and Southbank Sinfonia, under the guidance of Marin Alsop.

There are additional private mentoring sessions with further opportunities to learn from Alsop.

All conducting sessions are video recorded and emailed to participating conductors after the masterclass for private use (not publicly shared).

The masterclass may also be broadcast live to Southbank Centre social media channels, and members of the public are invited to observe the masterclass in Royal Festival Hall.

The application deadline is Sunday 12 January 2020, and successful applicants are notified by Saturday 1 February 2020.

Apply here

If you have any queries, please contact Sophie Ransby, Creative Learning Manager (Music & Courses), on

Event information
Participating conductors are given approximately 30 minutes of podium time and each assigned repertoire in advance of the masterclass.

The audience is seated in the choir stalls (with additional seating in the front stalls) of Royal Festival Hall in order to see the conductors from the orchestra’s perspective.