Monica Buckland is a freelance conductor, teacher and coach.

From January 2016 she is the Musical Director of the New Tyneside Orchestra

In 2017 she will be part of the MA Choreography team at the Palucca University of Dance, Dresden.

In November 2015, Monica Buckland was elected an «Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge».

2008–2014 she was Artistic Director of the Universitätsorchester Dresden (Germany). She also lectured at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz, Dresden and the TU Dresden.

2004–2006 she was Director of the Conservatoire Supérieur et Académie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion (Switzerland).

Monica Buckland mit Orchester

“It’s really fantastic how you have worked on this piece with the orchestra!” says the Concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic of the performance of Berg’s violin concerto on 5 February 2012.


A film of Monica Buckland rehearsing was the central part of an exhibition in Leipzig, and was part of the film festival «Identities 2015» in Vienna:

Marion Porten
Filmfestival «Identities 2015» in Vienna on Friday 12 June 2015, 18:00


Concerts, events and press review
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New Tyneside Orchestra  

Live concert
Camille Saint-Saëns - cello concerto nr. 1
29th January 2012 at the Lukaskirche Dresden
Kammerphilharmonie der Technischen Universität Dresden
Friedrich Thiele - Cello
Monica Buckland - Conductor

Live concert
Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes, nos. 3 and 4
Universitätsorchester Dresden
Peterskirche, Görlitz, 27 June 2009
Monica Buckland - Conductor

  Upcoming Projects
  Date and place

Performers Programme  

21 October 2017
Newnham College, Cambridge

Cambridge University students Conducting masterclass  

22 October 2017, 11:00
St Mary’s Church, Great Eversden

Choir of St Mary’s William Byrd – Mass for four voices  

18 November 2017, 7:30 pm
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

New Tyneside Orchestra

Aaron Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland – Lincoln Portrait (speaker Chi Onwurah)
Adolphus Hailstork – Spirituals / Fanfare on Amazing Grace
Duke Ellington – Three Black Kings
William Grant Still – Symphony no. 1 “Afro-American”


22 April 2018, 3:00 pm
Gala Theatre, Durham

Orchestra North East

Emilie Mayer - Faust-Ouvertüre
S.S. Rachmaninov - Rhapsodie über ein Thema von Paganini (Solist Murray McLachlan)
Antonín Dvořák - Sinfonie Nr. 6 in D op. 60

24 March 2018, 7:30
Kings Hall, Newcastle University

New Tyneside Orchestra

Richard Wagner – Parsifal, Vorspiel I
Arthur Honegger – Symphony no. 3 «Liturgique»
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony no. 5 «Reformation»


20 May 2018, 7:30 pm
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
27 May 2018, 7:30 pm
Kirche Oberstrass, Zürich

ars cantata zürich
New Tyneside Orchestra

Antonín Dvořák – The Spectre’s Bride, op. 69



16 June 2018, 7:30 pmSt Mary’s Church, Kemptown, Brighton

Crossing Borders Festival

Arnold Schoenberg – Chamber Symphony op. 9
Patricia Morehead – The Handmaid’s Tale


15 July 2018
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
10:00 Eucharist
16:00 Evensong

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