Course Fees & Bursaries
- Musicianship for Singers course: £185 (non-members £235)
- Foundation/Intermediate courses: £215 (non-members £265)
- Orchestral course: £245 (non-members £295)
- Singer/Observer: £85 (non-members £135)
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, a free SfP publication, Saturday evening meal and refreshments. Saturday night bed & breakfast is not included, however the Travelodge Upper Brook Street is a 15-minute walk away, or the Premier Inn Manchester City Centre, which is a short drive away.
Xaverian College is a sixth form college founded by the Xaverian Brothers in 1862. The campus is located close to the centre of Manchester, about a ten-minute drive from Manchester Piccadilly station. Parking is available onsite for those travelling by car.
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.
Start date: November 06, 2021
End date: November 07, 2021
Start time: 10:00
End time: 15:45
Venue: Xaverian College, Lower Park Rd, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5RB
Phone: 07817 217223
COURSES FOR CHORAL CONDUCTORS AND 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 can be found on the SfP website. Details of the conducting repertoire to be studied will be sent out before the event.
Repertoire at the 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 the 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 the 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.
ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING COURSE
Day one consists of practical sessions with piano that allow participants to prepare their repertoire ready to meet the orchestra on day two. The course gives participants an enviable amount of podium time to put into practice what they have learnt.
The course includes preparation, effective baton use, optimising rehearsal time, establishing rapport and respect, musicianship, stylistic and orchestral awareness, historically informed performance and constructive analysis of both one’s own and others’ achievements. The Course Aims for the orchestral conducting course may be found on the SfP website.
Repertoire for this course is simple enough not to get in the way of learning, but challenging enough to give participants a worthwhile experience. This year, the repertoire will include a string arrangement of F Schubert Symphony No 5 and A Dvorak – Serenade for Strings.
MUSICIANSHIP FOR SINGERS COURSE FOUNDATION LEVEL
Musicianship for Singers teaches singers to read music and sight sing. The sessions are active and lively with a focus on the core skills of singing in tune; aural memory; internal hearing or the thinking voice; speed-reading notation; accurate intonation; and increased confidence in singing with other voices in harmony. Singers learn music theory and analysis appropriate to the repertoire of each level. The courses are designed from a singer’s point of view, unlike most other theory courses which assume instrumental reading skills. The Foundation level course is designed for entry level readers and assumes no prior musical study. Singers will sight sing unison songs, rounds and two-part songs.
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. Our Head of Conductor Training, Manvinder Rattan, appeared as a judge in the BBC’s ‘The Choir’ programme with Gareth Malone. To find out more about our tutors, please click here.