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    Hi everyone!

    So, I've been accepted to the Universities of Surrey and Durham to pursue a Bachelors degree in Music from October. My preferred career path is orchestral conducting, but I'm passionate about violin as well. The advantage of Surrey is the ability to specialize in conducting at the BA level, but the advantage of Durham is the ranking and also that I have a wonderful violin teacher located not too far from the University there.

    Uni of Surrey offers conducting courses, which I'd like to get feedback on if anyone has taken these courses. I've been conducting for about 5 years and i've gotten pretty advanced, so i'm wondering about the extent to which I should pursue these courses.

    Which offer would you rather pick - Durham or Surrey?

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by violinist1005)
    Hi everyone!

    So, I've been accepted to the Universities of Surrey and Durham to pursue a Bachelors degree in Music from October. My preferred career path is orchestral conducting, but I'm passionate about violin as well. The advantage of Surrey is the ability to specialize in conducting at the BA level, but the advantage of Durham is the ranking and also that I have a wonderful violin teacher located not too far from the University there.

    Uni of Surrey offers conducting courses, which I'd like to get feedback on if anyone has taken these courses. I've been conducting for about 5 years and i've gotten pretty advanced, so i'm wondering about the extent to which I should pursue these courses.

    Which offer would you rather pick - Durham or Surrey?

    Thank you!
    First of all, congratulations! I'm currently finishing my second year at Surrey, and I've had a brilliant two years. I'm doing the HE2 Conducting modules this year. I started as a complete beginner, but there were also several people who had been conducting for several years (particularly as MDs for shows). The second year gives a really good basis and allows any errors or issues in your conducting to be corrected, as well as being a really fun class!

    Then in final year you can choose to study conducting, but it's really selective so only a few people get to study this. If you want to specialise in conducting, I would really recommend coming to Surrey and taking this course, as the lecturer is really good

    Good luck making a decision!
 
 
 
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