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As part of our annual London Sinfonietta Academy course we invite early-career conductors to take part in our conductor workshops and work with the London Sinfonietta ensemble. Through supported rehearsals, emerging conductors have the opportunity to work on a piece of contemporary repertoire with London Sinfonietta musicians and gain feedback from conductor Geoffrey Paterson.
London Sinfonietta aims to be accessible and welcoming to all. We are committed to increasing the diversity of those we work with and provide training and performance opportunities to support artists from backgrounds that are currently under-represented on our stage and in the classical music industry including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled, trans, non-binary and female candidates. As a result, we are committed to offering at least 50% of the places on the course to people from these under-represented backgrounds.
This course is free to take part.
It was a wonderful experience to be standing in front of an ensemble that I had followed avidly as an audience member since my school days Geoffrey Paterson
Conducting Workshop Participants 2020
Michael Papadopoulos is a British-Cypriot conductor and répétiteur, currently in his first year on the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has recently joined the music staff on productions at Scottish Opera, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and Opera Holland Park. He looks forward to making his conducting debut at the Royal Opera in 2021.
Rita Castro Blanco is the Principal Conductor of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and a recent graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music.Rita has taken part in masterclasses with the Royal Opera House, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, BBC Phil, BBC NOW and CBSO.
James won an 18-month Change Makers traineeship with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra funded by Arts Council England, which he completed in December 2019. As part of this, James achieved an ISP Advanced Professional Certificate (Level 6), certified by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. James is the founding conductor of the RPS Award winning ensemble, BSO Resound. 2021 will see James’ next phase of development focusing on developing repertoire for and experience with conducting larger ensembles.
Noah Max inspires hope through creativity and envisions a world where everyone feels connected through art. He champions process, facilitates collaboration and strives with every creation to discover worlds we never knew existed. Noah sheds light on every corner of the Arts and the human experience as a conductor, composer, painter, writer, speaker and Creative Director of the Echo Ensemble.
Ellie Slorach studied music at the University of Manchester, followed by conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has worked with ensembles including The Hallé, the BBC Singers, Northern Ballet and the BBC Philharmonic. In 2015, she founded her own professional chamber choir, Kantos, which is based in Manchester and performs unique and innovative concerts that present choral music in new ways.
Omer Shteinhart is a Masters student at the RNCM supported by the Waverley Fund. He serves as assistant conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras working with conductors such as Simone Young, Ludovic Morlot, Omer Meir-Wellber, Julian Rachlin, John Wilson and Alpesh Chauhan. Omer has conducted Psappha, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Royal Bucharest Camerata, Danube Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Tel-Aviv Soloists.