Holly Mathieson on conducting

Monday 26 March 2018


Award-winning conductor Holly Mathieson visited the Royal College of Music in March to conduct and record a performance of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite with the RCM Philharmonic. 

During her visit, she shared her experience of working with young people as well as the advice and inspiration she hopes to pass on through her work. Holly’s interview is followed by a recording of the RCM Philharmonic performing live in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. The video also features footage of the orchestra rehearsing Kodály’s Háry János Suite under Holly’s baton, with its notable part for traditional Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom. 

As part of her time at the College, Holly also led the RCM Philharmonic in a performance of the Mother Goose Suite at Cadogan Hall. The audience comprised 750 children from primary schools across London who were given the opportunity to ask questions, explore different orchestral sections and sing along with a specially commissioned song. One lucky audience member even had the opportunity to conduct on stage! 

The Cadogan Hall event, co-ordinated by RCM Sparks in partnership with John Lewis Partnership, Fishmongers’ Company, Russell Race, Meredith & Denis Coleman and Guy Dawson. Photography © Sheila Burnett

Holly is currently Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and Artistic Director of Rata Music Collective. She regularly engages in educational projects and last year worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Barbican. 

Find out about upcoming RCM Sparks events here

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