Monica Buckland is a freelance conductor, teacher and coach.

She has been Musical Director of the New Tyneside Orchestra since January 2016.

News: on 1 May 2019 she was appointed Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Since 2018 she has been teaching at Durham University.

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 TU Dresden and the Palucca University of Dance, where she has been part of the MA Choreography team since 2017.

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!”

Concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic of the performance of Berg’s violin concerto on 5 February 2012

“Thank you for the wonderful course! It was one of the best (if not the best) course(s) I've ever had because of all the different references and the precise and focus guiding comments of yours. In addition to that it was fun and collaborative.”

Master student at the Palucca College of Dance

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  
«Trusting the music within you» - Monica Buckland at TEDxNewnham
Music is within everyone, and we show it in everything we do. Monica Buckland shows that your physical presence can be translated into music, regardless of how «musical» you think you are.
Live concert
Clara Schumann – Piano concerto op. 7
9th March 2018
Çukurova Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası
Adana, Turkey
Hande Dalkilic - piano
Monica Buckland - Conductor

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  

22 June 2019, 7:30 pm
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

New Tyneside Orchestra

Ethel Smyth – Overture to The Wreckers and Prelude to Act II    
(On the cliffs of Cornwall)
Edward Elgar – Sea Pictures            (Soloist: Mojca Vedernjak)
Benjamin Britten – Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes


23 June 2019, 4:00 pm
Shildon Locomotion

Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra

Family concert: part of “Where the Music takes us”, an arts project for primary schools in North Yorkshire
Bedřich Smetana – Die Moldau
Eduard Strauss – Bahn frei, Polka schnell op. 45
Frederick Delius – Summer night on the river
Clive Richardson – Running off the rails
Ronald Binge – The Watermill
H. C. Lumbye – Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop
M. P. Mussorgsky – Khovanshchina, Prelude (Dawn over the Moscow River)
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Bachianas brasileiras No. 2
Frederick Delius – By the river
Charles Williams ­– Rhythm on Rails
Vivian Ellis – Coronation Scot


23. November 2019, 19:30
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

New Tyneside Orchestra

JS Bach / orch. Arnold Schoenberg – Prelude & Fugue in E flat BWV 552 
R. Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
Igor Stravinsky – Symphonies of wind instruments
Camille Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ Symphony” (Soloist: Ian Roberts)


13 December, 19:30
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

New Tyneside Orchestra
Newcastle Cathedral Choir

Christmas Extravaganza:
Programm tba