Charismatic conductors committed to teaching classes The Abbaye aux Dames enjoys a privileged relationship with great conductors who attend the Festival de Saintes. We invite these conductors to take classes. Philippe Herreweghe, Jean-François Heisser, Marc Minkowski, Laurence Equilbey, Jos van Immerseel and Christopher Hogwood have thus taught classes. These conductors, who are well known for their work on their repertoires, have very personal ways of interpreting musical works, offering pupils varying viewpoints. The conductors who teach classes often conduct orchestras themselves. During training, they can detect young musicians.
A way into the profession, a central goal Some of the major goals of our training are to have pupils work in a professional environment, offer them a direct, tangible link with the world of work and broaden their knowledge of the evolution of orchestra practices.