Conducting Development Week is a R&D project I ran at Royal Academy of Music in May 2016. Working with a quartet members of which are from the Academy, I conducted two pieces throughout the week. The pieces were Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major k136/ 125a and two compositions which I wrote: Rushti + Happy Birthday Coda Type-Thing. Through the project, we research way to make music conducting become more accessible to disabled people. This was also an opportunity for me to develop my practice as a conductor whilst being mentored by Sian Edwards (Head of Conducting at Royal Academy of Music) and John Lubbock ( founder and principal conductor of the Orchestra of St John’s).
I use a specially developed head baton (developed with Drake Music) to indicate time and dynamics; this project not only enabled me to develop my technique, but also to document the process through video and an extensive written report, for future analysis, sharing and research.
Please use the navigation menu (above the main black navigation bar) to view further information about the Conducting Development Week.
The Audio Described version of the Project Film can be viewed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/r-KBmYa_9cE (this link will open in a new tab or window)
Or a standard version of the Project Film can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/uS30LdEzhgU (this link will open in a new tab or window)
The project report is available as a PDF and is hosted on GoogleDrive (for which does not require any sign-in). Therefore, the report will open in GoogleDrive within your Internet browser tab/ window. You may have to download the report on to your computer and open it using a PDF reader enable the web links inside the report.
Conducting Development Week (2nd-6th May): Project Report by Jen Farrant can be viewed at: http://www.jamesrose.com/cdw/cdwreport (this link will open the PDF document in a new tab or window)
Official Project Blog: http:/disabilityarts.online/author/James-Rose/