MOZART | Magic Flute & Last Three Symphonies

Masterclass & Competition
13 till 17 August 2019 | London Classical Soloists
Mozart: Magic Flute Finales 1st & 2nd Act and Symphonies Nos. 39-41

Our second course this summer will focus on specific technical and interpretational challenges in opera conducting, as well as on an historically informed and inspired approach to Mozart’s music.

We will show you the best ways of how to conduct Recitativos Accompagnatos, find the right tempo according to the dramatic situation and the personality of the singers, control changes in the structure of the music and communicate this information in a performance situation to the orchestra musicians.

Additionally, you will work with one of London’s best chamber orchestras on your own selection of movements from Mozart’s last three symphonies.
Each participant will conduct at the final concert, including a competition, at an acoustically superb Central London venue and receive high-definition, multi-angle video recordings.

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The course will take place close to the Royal Albert Hall and sessions will finish in time for attending most of the BBC Proms concerts of that week.

Achim Holub will coach you on technique as well as on rehearsal preparation and give you personal feedback with comprehensive career advice.
At the end of the course, he will share his experience of 20 years of collaboration with many world-class musicians and recording companies like Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft in talks about career planning and record producing.

Do not miss the opportunity to receive professional instruction and valuable advice from one of the most successful and experienced Austrian conductor’s of his generation and please make sure to apply as early as possible!

Achim Holub [by Diego Coello 2018]

For me, Mozart has always been at the centre of my musical life and the Magic Flute was part of my education since the early days of childhood.

General Information

Venue: the course will take place in Central West London
Number of participants: 12
Podium time with orchestra: 50 minutes, including one concert performance
Additionally to piano and orchestra sessions, each single participant will receive post-rehearsal feedback and one-to-one personal coaching sessions with comprehensive career advice.

Personalized multi-angle videos of your performances including a professional sound recording will be available shortly after the concerts and are included in the course fee.

Course starts: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Course ends: Saturday 17 August 2019
Arrival: Monday 12 August or Tuesday 13 August morning
Departure: Saturday 17 August evening or Sunday 18 August
Concert: Friday 16 August, 7.30pm

Application deadline: Friday 26 July 2019, 5pm
Deposit [due two weeks after receiving our offer of place]: £350, €390, $450
Fee for active participation: £850, €980, $1100 [£350 deposit + £500]
Early-Bird-Discount [for applications before Friday 5 July]: £150
Fee for passive participation: £100

Fee Payment
There are no application or registration fees and we will try to process your application as quickly as possible.
The deposit of £350 will be due two weeks after receiving our offer of place.

You can pay deposit and course fee directly on our website.
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Alternatively, you can use TransferWise and standard bank transfers.
All necessary information for making a transfer will be included in our Offer-of-Place message.

Partners and family members of active participants will have free access to all sessions and concerts.

Mozart | Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: No. 8 Finale I & No. 21 Finale II [Bärenreiter]
Mozart | Symphony No. 39 E-Flat Major, K. 543 [Bärenreiter]
Mozart | Symphony No. 40 G minor, K. 550 [Bärenreiter]
Mozart | Symphony No. 41 C major, K. 551 “Jupiter” [Bärenreiter]
We recommend working on your own choice of one finale and 2 to 3 movements from the symphonies.
Please use this link [] to submit your choice of repertoire.

Participation in the competition is optional.
All members of the orchestra will be involved in the competition voting process.
The results of both concerts will be included in the final result which will be announced after the second concert.
The first six results will be announced publicly after the second concert, you will receive your competition feedback at the personal coaching session on the following day.
The winner will be considered for future concert engagements.

Main focus
Conducting technique and communication of interpretational concepts
Findings of the historically informed performance practice movement
Efficient preparation of parts and rehearsals
Future-oriented career management and music business survival strategies
Individual coaching

Target groups
Conducting students and professionals; chorus masters; instrumentalists and music pedagogues who would like to improve their skills in ensemble leadership.

Course Languages
English, German, Spanish

To apply, use the Application Form or send an email to with your name, address, nationality, phone & mobile numbers and a short CV.
To secure your participation, please make sure to pay the deposit of £250 as soon as possible, within two weeks after receiving our offer of place, at the latest (transfer details will be sent to you together with the offer).