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BAME Young Conductor Training Programme

BAME Young Conductor Training Programme

We’re delighted to be launching a new Conducting and Vocal Leadership training project – in partnership with organisations across the country – which is specifically designed to encourage young BAME musicians to consider a career in choral conducting or vocal leadership.

Please note, these training days are being run for young BAME musicians at partner organisations and are not open to the general public (non-BAME musicians working with our partner organisations are very welcome to observe and sing at the events). For more information, please see the full description at the bottom of this page.

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Course Details
Sing for Pleasure is delighted to launch its programme of conductor training specifically for young BAME musicians. We are determined to see the music world better reflect this country’s diverse ethnic landscape and this programme will give talented young BAME musicians an insight into conducting or vocal leadership as a career, and how that could look. SfP has provided high quality tuition in conducting skills and technique for over 50 years and is the largest trainer of choral conductors and vocal leaders in this country. For the last couple of years, 100% of respondents have rated our training as good to excellent so you’re in the best hands. This day will give you the key skills to lead singing (and playing) in an efficient, effective and musical way and you will leave with lots of music and skill resources to support you with your potential future leadership activities in this field.

The course starts at 10.00am with arrival from 9.30am. The day will consist of a series of technique sessions and practical workshops where students will be able to develop their skills using simple repertoire. Students will sing for each other and all music will be provided. The ability to read music is desirable but not essential.

NB: due to current lockdown measures, courses originally scheduled for January 2021 have been postponed; new dates will be confirmed as soon as is practicable. Venues, along with links to organisation contacts, are as follows:

Manchester – Hallé Youth Choir

Central London – National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

North East London – Redbridge Music Service

Leeds – RC Diocese of Leeds Music

Birmingham – CBSO Youth Chorus

Tutor: Manvinder Rattan
An expert choral and orchestral conductor, Manvinder was born in Nairobi, Kenya of Indian extraction and has lived most of his life in East London. He has been Musical Director of the John Lewis Partnership Music Society since 1995 where he is responsible for its 15 choirs, an orchestra and Music Tuition Service; the Society gave over 25 performances last year, both here and abroad.

Manvinder is also CEO & Head of Conductor Training for Sing for Pleasure, leading a team of tutors who teach around 300 conductors and vocal leaders a year. In addition, he is Musical Director of Serafine Chamber Choir and Sinfonia, with whom he has released the premiere recording of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat.

Freelance engagements also keep him busy, with numerous guest conducting, teaching, singing and adjudicating engagements in the UK and abroad; he enjoyed his Indian conducting debut in 2016 and training conductors in India and Kenya in 2019. In 2012, Manvinder was a judge for BBC2’s ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone, focussing on singing in the workplace. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, York St John University, for his services to music and conducting in 2016.

Event Details

Day 1: tbc

Day 2: tbc

Day 3: tbc

Day 4: tbc

Day 5: tbc

Start time: 09:30

End time: 16:00

Venue: Various (see event description)


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