Conducting Courses

Instrumental Conducting Courses and Seminars – Peter Stark’s renowned three-day courses are intensive, and focus on the individual. By operating in small groups (8 students maximum), emphasis is placed on observing individual skills and difficulties as demonstrated in workshop sessions. Communication, baton technique and posture (Alexander Technique included) are at the heart of the work. In 2017 Peter will also be running a one-day seminar for those who wish to investigate the basics of conducting. Dates for 2017 are:

Seminar 2 – February 16th

Course 52 – February 23rd – 25th

Course 53 – July 11th – 13th

Course 54 – August 31st – September 2nd

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Peter Stark

Passion for conducting, inspirational leadership and dedication to teaching define Peter Stark’s career. An infectious spirit of adventure and the belief that music exists in everyone are at the heart of Peter’s lifelong love of classical music and musicianship.

As evidenced by awards and accolades of excellence, Peter’s vision of music for all inspires his work as mentor and professional, for example as Series Mentor to the BBC TV series Maestro (http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/maestro), and as Rehearsal Director to the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Peter remains dedicated to the advancement of sharing his vision. In addition to his professorship at the Royal College of Music, he was Coach and Conductor-in Residence-to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 25 years.


Here we are at the beginning of yet another year – how fast they rush by!  This year promises to be another exciting one; the ‘normal’ but ever wonderful EUYO and RCM work, but also enough new ventures and visits to avoid ever becoming complacent; a New Year concert in the fabulous new conservatory at Zhejiang in Hangzhou, China promises to lead to more trips to China which continues to enthral.  In March my second trip to conduct the Arabian Youth Orchestra in Dubai should be every bit as rewarding as last year, as with a return to the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Norway.

Three conducting courses are planned for 2017, all with spaces available at the moment.  If you are interested please book soon!  Each course makes me look at the training of conductors in a slightly new light, so they continue to be the greatest learning experience for me.

I refuse to be disheartened by Brexit, and will work my hardest to develop international links and friendships through the magnificent medium of music.  This is a small world, and I am certain that the only way forward through these difficult times is to build bridges, not burn them.


Lesson enquiries...

Individual sessions are available to anyone. These can be in either London or at my home near Fordingbridge in Hampshire. I am also very happy to teach using Skype so that you can apply for one wherever you are! A lesson should be booked usually about at least one month beforehand. If you would like to book a lesson, please click here…



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