Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: Orchestral Performance PgDip (Full-Time)

InstitutionRoyal Birmingham Conservatoire
Department Birmingham Conservatoire
Telephone +44 (0)121 331 5901
Study type Taught


Developed in partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Orchestral Performance courses at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire enable advanced-level string players to focus on their development as orchestral musicians.

In addition to one-to-one specialist tuition, you will spend a significant amount of rehearsal time with the CBSO alongside one or more dedicated host players who will act as mentors. You may also be offered opportunities to play at the back of the section to gain further experience. In addition to developing your technical facility, musicianship, interpretative skills and stylistic awareness, you will expand your knowledge of orchestral repertoire, learn how to prepare for rehearsal in the most efficient way, develop strategies which will help you to integrate within your section, and build confidence in preparing for orchestral auditions.

You will also participate in additional performance activities within the Conservatoire’s String Department and the wider Conservatoire, including performance classes, masterclasses, orchestra and chamber music.

You'll have full access to our superb £57 million facilities, including our Concert Hall, 150-seat Recital Hall, our black box performance space known as The Lab, and more than 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops; all acoustically designed to provide a music-making environment that is world class.

At Royal Birmingham Conservatoire we provide a friendly and supportive environment in which you can pursue your postgraduate studies. This is a time when you need to think particularly carefully and strategically about the direction of your developing career as a musician. We therefore encourage you to be ambitious in pursuing your aspirations, and endeavour to provide you with the flexibility to mould your course to your individual needs; both within your Principal Study area and in complementary modules.

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