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Study with Denise

Whether you are an experienced professional musician, or an enthusiastic amateur with little or no conducting practise there are courses and training opportunities to assist you.

Some run for many weeks, others last for just a day or two. A brief summary of each courses is set out below. Follow the links for more details on each course.

Conducting Courses and individual tuition with Denise

The George Hurst Conductors’ Course,
Sherborne Summer School of Music

An intensive week-long course for conducting students of all abilities. Total beginners are advised to take the Practical Conducting Course in the previous week and would benefit from observing on the George Hurst Conductors’ Course. The two courses can be taken consecutively to form a progressive two-week course. More Information

Wimborne Conducting

A concentrated weekend course in February for ten conductors of varied technical ability. Thorough knowledge of at least two of the three set pieces is necessary. Students will receive a minimum of five lessons over the course of the weekend. Observers are welcome and are advised to learn a short section of the repertoire; they will, if they wish, have the opportunity to conduct on the Saturday. Early booking recommended. More Information

Private Lessons

This tuition is tailored to the level of the individual and can be booked for anything from one hour to several days. A pianist can be booked on request. The one- to -one tuition is typically for a longer period of time than can be offered in a group workshop and so can be invaluable for students who wish to deal in detail with specific technical issues. Bespoke Courses Bespoke course, day or weekend courses for teachers, schools or universities. Structure and resources of the course by negotiation. Contact us for more details


Denise Ham

Denise Ham
GTCL, LTCL, ARCM, Hon ARAM 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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