“one of Europe’s
most sought-after
conducting teachers”

European String Teachers Magazine


Welcome to Denise Ham - The Craft of Conducting

Denise Ham is sought by serious students of conducting the world over, many of them as a result of seeing her unique instructional video, “The Craft of Conducting”.

She is renowned for equipping conductors with an effective technique and for helping to solve the physical and musical problems they face. Her teaching is based on the Toscanini/Barzin technique - a comprehensive technique that applies to any ensemble - orchestras, choirs, bands - and to amateur and professional ensembles alike.

Conducting Courses and individual tuition with Denise

London Conducting Academy: a year’s course for a small class of eight conductors who wish to develop their skills through a consistent programme of study with Denise Ham and distinguished guest tutors and soloists. Get information...

Wimborne Conducting: an intensive weekend of conducting tuition for a maximum of ten students plus observers. Because of Corona virus restrictions Wimborne Conducting 2021 is postponed until March 2022; repertoire will remain the same. Read more...

Sherborne Summer School of Music: running for two weeks in August, the George Hurst Conductors’ Course was established in 1960 and has long been acknowledged as one of the best in the world. 2022 course runs from 31 July-13 August. Read more...

Girton Conductors' Course: following the success of the 2021 course, Girton Conducting will run again in 2022 towards the end of August. Details of the 2022 course to follow shortly. Read more...

Private Lessons: These are available in person or online. To enquire click here...

Read what other musicians say about Denise Ham

"Denise is truly an exceptional teacher who influenced my life in many ways. With her I discovered a real and unique conducting technique that has been helpful through my entire career. She helped me grow as conductor and musician and I am deeply grateful to her for everything I learnt."

Octavio Mas-Arocas - Winner,
Thelma A. Robinson Conducting Award from Conductors Guild


Denise Ham

Denise Ham
HonARAM, ARCM, GTCL, LTCL is one of Europe's foremost teachers of conducting, much in demand as a director of courses and workshops.

Director of London Conducting Academy, tutor at the internationally renowned George Hurst Conductors’ Course at Sherborne Summer School of Music, and formerly tutor in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she has also trained and conducted orchestras in the UK and Europe.


Instructional DVD, 'The Craft of Conducting'

The Craft of Conducting is now available to watch on YouTube:
Vol I of The Craft of Conducting
Vol II of The Craft of Conducting


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