Sing for Pleasure

London Weekend for Conductors and Vocal Leaders

London Weekend for Conductors and Vocal Leaders

£150.00 - £300.00

Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th February 2022 at Francis Holland School, Sloane Square (London)

Refresh and develop your skills with our choral conducting courses at Foundation, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 levels, and choral conducting Masterclass with guest tutor, Esther Jones.

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 are 16-26 or a Primary teacher. They are worth £110 towards the cost of the course and you can apply here.

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Course Fees & Bursaries
  • Foundation/Intermediate 1 courses: £220 (non-members £270)
  • Intermediate 2/Masterclass courses: £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 a copy of an SfP publication, all tuition, lunches, Saturday evening dinner and refreshments. Saturday night bed & breakfast is not included (there are a number of hotels within walking distance of the venue, some participants will be staying at Premier Inn, Victoria).

Venue

Francis Holland School, Sloane Square is a school in central London, established in 1878 by the Canon Reverend Francis Holland, chaplain to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. The school is 5 minutes walk from Victoria station, just round the corner from our previous venue at John Lewis HQ.

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: February 05, 2022

End date: February 06, 2022

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:45

Venue: Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, 39 Graham Terrace, London SW1W 8JF

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.

CHORAL CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS

The Masterclass is intended for experienced conductors who are already working at the Sing for Pleasure Advanced level, though some places may be available for students currently at Intermediate 2 level. Catherine Beddison will lead participants in studying a selection of challenging a capella works on the Saturday, in preparation for Esther Jones joining the course as visiting guest tutor on Sunday. These Masterclass weekends are an ideal way for participants to benefit from feedback and tuition from the country’s leading choral conductors. Details of the works to be studied will be sent out before the event.

Esther Jones is a conductor, adjudicator and workshop leader specialising in choral music, music education and singing, health & well-being.

She studied Music at Oxford University and also held an organ scholarship at University College. She has a distinction in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music. Esther was the first Open Academy Fellow and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Esther is an Associate Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Tutor at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been Acting Artistic Director of London Youth Choir and was a collaborator and project leader for the UCL Created Out of Mind residency at the Wellcome Collection – a research and public engagement programme exploring the role of the arts for on dementia and the arts. She has appeared on Gareth Malone’s TV series The Choir: Sing while you work programme as a tutor, and as a reviewer on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme. She has directed music in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, 3 & 4 and performed in major concert halls across the UK. She is also on the editorial board of the Choral Directions Research Journal.
Esther is involved with a wide range of choirs: youth, amateur and professional. She offers CPD sessions for singing leaders in music hubs and schools, and private tuition to choral conductors. She has published numerous choral arrangements and released recordings on CD and digital formats.

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.