Connecting young people with sound opportunities


Conducting Masterclass (Led by Katrina Marzella)

Age group: 14-25 years

Location: Shepherd Group Brass Band Huntington YO32 9PT

Conducting Masterclass – Registration now open! 

Calling aspiring conductors, aged 14-25!

Open to all but we particularly welcome applications from women and non-binary young people

Date: Saturday 4 May, from 10am

Location: Shepherd Group Brass Band rehearsal space, York

We are co-hosting a conducting masterclass with Brass Bands England led by Katrina Marzella on Saturday 4 May. This masterclass is designed to support aspiring, conductors in an encouraging, inspiring environment.

Develop your conducting technique and skills with expert guidance through the day, led by Katrina Marzella and then practice those skills in situ with all women brass ensemble, Femmes Fortissimo.

We encourage applications from 14-25 year olds, particularly those who are women or non-binary, who wish to develop conducting and leadership skills. This masterclass is part of our work to diversify the banding sector, and we recognise conducting as an area with significantly less women than men operating in this space.

You do not need to have significant experience in conducting to attend. Enthusiasm and commitment to developing musical leadership skills is more important than already having an advanced skillset.

There will be two ways to experience the day:

Generators will:

Be assigned 1-2 pieces of selected music to conduct in advance of the day

Have 20+ minutes time working with the mighty Femmes Fortissimo!

Receive bespoke and tailored instruction from Katrina during this session

Receive a guidance note from Katrina after its conclusion

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Will be actively involved in feedback to the other Generators (peer to peer feedback)

Take Up The Baton! participants will:

Be involved as a conductor in the warm-up and discussion session

Are warmly invited to participate in the Take Up the Baton Speed session for 5 minutes with Femmes Fortissimo

Have the option to stay and observe the afternoon session with Generators (please indicate if you wish to stay past 12.30pm)

Please note, registration closes on Friday 26 April at 5pm.  

To attend, please book a place on either Generators or Take Up The Baton by selecting the ticket you wish to book through the eventbrite page, which you can find at this link: . You need to sign up by Friday 26 April at 5pm. If you need any further support or an alternative way to register, please contact us at [email protected] or on 07761 525709.

Light lunch will be provided.