Key information:

Course dates:
Sept/Oct 2022 EMCC funded places for 15 Orchestral Principals
Art form:
Coaching & Mentoring
EMCC funded places available for Autumn 2022
Level of study:
Coaching & Mentoring

EMCC Funded Training & Research for Autumn 2022:

This course will run free of charge for up to 15 principals from UK based orchestras (the normal price for the training is £1200. per person). We have funding to run the course alongside a piece of research into the impact of the training on principal players, their sections and their orchestras overall.

The research will involve participants in responding to three surveys:

One pre-course
One post course,
and the final survey to be taken one month after the course.
Each survey will take under 30 minutes to complete.

 We will also undertake a small number of interviews with a couple of participants, some section players and some members of orchestral management, to explore the impact of the training on the wider orchestral system.

Dates for Autumn 2022:

Mon Sept 12: 10am - 5.30pm  in-person (London venue)
Mon Sept 19: 6pm - 9pm online
Mon Sept 26: 6pm - 9pm online
Mon Oct 3: 6pm - 9pm
Mon Oct 10: 6pm - 9pm


Leaders on (and off) Stage is a non-musical leadership skills course for principal orchestral players.  Guildhall Coaching Associates are delighted to offer a newly configured programme which we hope will work around principal players’ increased performing commitments. 

About the course

This new programme combines the core competencies from our highly successful Leaders & Managers course with the data from new research undertaken in 2019 directly with principal and section players by Guildhall Associates, Jane Booth and Trudy Wright.

Leaders on (and off) Stage is specifically designed for orchestral principals based on feedback given to us by orchestral principals and section players. It’s an experiential, highly interactive programme backed up by neuroscience and positive psychology using tried-and-tested tools and techniques; we work on real material with real people giving lots of practice time during sessions to try out new skills. 

Topics covered include, understanding the impact of different leadership styles, managing conversations with colleagues which result in the required action, leading difficult conversations, giving and receiving feedback, introduction to a tool for regular reviews with colleagues, an introduction to neuroscience which backs up all the processes shared.

Course Outcomes

Participants will have:

  • Greater awareness of what makes an excellent Section Principal as well as a greater awareness of their own strengths and areas for development
  • Greater understanding of a range of leadership styles and the impact of your own leadership style on your colleagues.   
  • Knowledge of how to lead conversations with colleagues that deliver the required actions
  • A greater understanding of a framework which can support you to have difficult conversations with greater confidence
  • Been introduced to a tool for holding conversations with individual members of your section
  • Practised a “protocol” for giving and receiving skilled feedback
  • Greater awareness of negative emotions in the workplace and how to manage them
  • An internal ”peer buddy” to help support you through and beyond this process
  • Information on the research findings for this work
  • A basic understanding of the neuroscience and positive psychology which reinforces these tried and tested skills and tools.
  • The benefit, if desired, of on-going professional support to maintain, sustain and develop the skills taught during and after the training programme

Participant requirements

All participants will be encouraged to be open and to engage in self-reflection as part of the work. A willingness to embrace change and work authentically and generously with their peers and clients is also essential to successful coaching & mentoring. Participants should have a current line management role.

Special access needs

If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.

Course being delivered online via Zoom.