“one of Europe’s
most sought-after
conducting teachers”

European String Teachers Magazine



In addition to providing training and tuition Denise is regularly conducts both amateur and professional orchestras and ensembles. Some of the groups with whom she has performed are listed below. You can contact Denise below if you would like to engage her to conduct.

To watch Denise rehearse and teach Mozart Symphony no 36 in C “Linz”:

Orchestral Engagements

  • Cheltenham Festival
  • Three Choirs Festival
  • Sani International Festival, Greece
  • Agrupacion Musical de Coruna
  • Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra
  • Orchestra of the Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Repertoire Orchestra
  • Oldenburg Youth Orchestra, Germany
  • Bermuda Youth Orchestra
  • Liria Youth Orchestra, Spain
  • Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra
  • IAPS Training Orchestra
  • Oriel Singers
  • Cheltenham Opera Group
  • Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Sinfonia Cymru

Principal Conductorships

  • Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra
  • Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School Symphony Orchestra
  • Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra
  • North Gloucestershire Schools Orchestra
  • Amphion Sinfonia
  • Bournemouth Rehearsal Orchestra

Repertoire Performed

All the core classical & romantic symphonies & concertos plus 20th Century classics, lesser known works, French music and some contemporary works. Also, choral works and some operatic repertoire

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Concert Reviews

"At Cheltenham Town Hall, Denise Ham conducted some 80 of the best local players so that they became one enthralling instrument able to move hearts."
Gloucestershire Echo

"Nothing could have been more professional than the superb string playing from these mature but still youthful players...Conductor Denise Ham knew how to let the music breathe without losing control of phrasing and dynamics."
Gloucestershire Echo

"Dazzling Debut for Youth Orchestra ... under her direction the strings were especially impressive - well-balanced, nicely focused and always perfectly in tune. Soloists from woodwind, percussion and brass played with flair and confidence."
Aberdeen Press and Journal

“…the Italian Symphony..served as an excellent foil to the exquisite Siegfried Idyll which followed. This was performed with affection and sensitivity throughout”
Gloucestershire Echo

"Saturday's performance of my Concertantino was by a long way the best I have had. Your tempi were exactly right, and so was the spirit of the whole thing...Thank you for all you did to bring it all to life so marvellously."
Mary Chandler, Composer - personal letter


Denise Ham

Denise Ham
HonARAM, ARCM, GTCL, LTCL is one of Europe's foremost teachers of conducting, much in demand as a director of courses and workshops.

Former tutor in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the internationally renowned George Hurst Conductors’ Course at Sherborne Summer School of Music, she has also trained and conducted orchestras in the UK and Europe.


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