Sing for Pleasure

West Midlands Weekend for Conductors and Vocal Leaders

West Midlands Weekend for Conductors and Vocal Leaders

£0.00£300.00

Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th May 2022 at Bromsgrove Preparatory School, Bromsgrove (West Midlands)

Refresh and develop your skills with our choral conducting courses at Foundation, Intermediate 1 Intermediate 2 and Advanced levels. Singers and observers will also be most welcome.

Remember, SfP members receive £50 off the course cost (deducted at checkout – note the prices below are non-member prices). Membership is only £40 for the year, so signup now to save and enjoy a year of free resources, discounts, and member events. Bursaries are available for conducting courses at this event if you work with primary-aged children. They are worth £110 towards the cost of the course and you can apply here before booking your place.

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Course Fees & Bursaries
  • Foundation/Intermediate 1 course: £220 (non-members £270)
  • Advanced/Intermediate 2 course: £250 (non-members £300)
  • Singer/Observer: £100 (non-members £150)

Please be aware, the member discount is applied at checkout, so the non-member price will show on initial booking.

Through the generosity of the John Lewis Partnership, some bursaries are available. Please click here for further details.

The course fees include all tuition, lunches, Saturday evening dinner and refreshments. Saturday night bed & breakfast is not included (We suggest the Premier Inn Bromsgrove Central).

Venue

Founded in 1553, Bromsgrove School is one of the oldest public schools in Britain. It is set within its own 100 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Bromsgrove. The Preparatory School stands in its own spacious grounds adjacent to Bromsgrove Senior School. It is ideally located for local and national travel to/from the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas. Bromsgrove is also close to excellent road and rail links (the town has its own railway line), such as the M5 and M42  motorways and Birmingham train stations.

COVID-19
We will do everything we can to ensure the safety of participants and staff. The venue is COVID-secure, and we will have COVID procedures and social distancing measures in place throughout the weekend, as required. Full refunds will be issued if the course is cancelled in advance due to COVID regulations. However, in accordance with the event terms and conditions, Sing for Pleasure is not liable in the event of participants being required to self-isolate (either due to a positive test or test and trace contact). As such, we strongly encourage all participants to take out relevant insurance to ensure they are covered in this eventuality.

Event Details

Start date: May 28, 2022

End date: May 29, 2022

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:45

Venue: Bromsgrove Prep School, Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 7DU

Phone: 07817 217223

Email: events@singforpleasure.org.uk

Course Details

COURSES FOR CHORAL CONDUCTORS & VOCAL LEADERS

Sing for Pleasure’s courses for choral conductors and vocal leaders are delivered in two ways: technique sessions include practical demonstrations of all the key aspects of conducting, and the workshop sessions that follow give participants an enviable amount of podium time to put into practice what they have learnt. This is achieved within a relaxed and supportive learning environment. The courses include preparation, conducting gestures, singing the voice-parts, pace of rehearsal, effective teaching, enjoyment for singers and conductor alike, achieving a musical performance, and constructive analysis of both one’s own and others’ achievements. The Course Aims for the Foundation, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 courses are listed on the Sing for Pleasure website (under “SfP for Conductors”). Details of the conducting repertoire to be studied will be sent out before the event.

Repertoire at Foundation level is simple. Rounds and easy part songs allow every opportunity to work through most conducting challenges without being so complicated that they get in the way of learning the skills that participants need. Repertoire at Intermediate 1 level is more challenging than at Foundation level, without being so demanding that it gets in the way of effective learning, and provides an excellent preparation for the demands of the Intermediate 2 course. Repertoire at Intermediate 2 level is more technically and musically challenging than at Intermediate 1, in a way that gives participants every opportunity to build on their existing skills. It provides an excellent preparation for the demands of the Advanced course. The Advanced level enables participants to develop their skills significantly in a wide range of choral and orchestral situations. Conductors are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and application of complex musical ideas and idioms.

Sing for Pleasure Conductor Training

The Sing for Pleasure weekend courses provide the most engaging and encouraging atmosphere for people to improve or start their conducting skills.

—London Weekend, Intermediate 2 student

Our conducting training is at four levels. The Foundation level is for complete beginners and those with limited experience of leading singing and conducting.  Students on the Intermediate 1 course will normally have some experience of conducting and vocal leadership.  The Intermediate 2 course is designed for those who have attended previous Sing for Pleasure courses, though experienced conductors are occasionally accepted directly onto this level.  The Advanced course is also designed for those who have attended previous Sing for Pleasure courses, and may give access to the LRSM in Choral Directing. Find out more about our training levels here.

Our highly skilled team of tutors are all members of Sing for Pleasure and bring a range of experiences as professional conductors, musicians, teachers, trainers, adjudicators and workshop leaders. To find out more about our tutors, please click here.