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Summer School for Singers, Conductors, and Vocal Leaders 2024

Summer School for Singers, Conductors, and Vocal Leaders 2024

Saturday 10th (Wednesday 14th for Choral Courses) to Saturday 17th August 2024 at Keele University

SfP Summer School returns to Keele in 2024 and we’ll be celebrating our 60th Anniversary in style. Ranging from the popular singers’ and choral courses, through Foundation and Intermediate choral conducting levels to the demands of the Advanced conducting course, there is something for every choral enthusiast at Summer School. The sociable atmosphere of the week generates an extremely supportive learning environment, which in turn leads to a high level of achievement and enjoyment with many participants returning again and again.

 

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Saturday 10th (Wednesday 14th for Choral Courses) to Saturday 17th August 2024 at Keele University

2024 is your 60th year and Summer School will be a true celebration – with a special dinner held midweek. This is a Summer School not-to-be missed!

SfP Summer School returns to Keele in 2024. Ranging from the popular singers’ and choral courses, through Foundation and Intermediate choral conducting levels to the demands of the Advanced conducting course, there is something for every choral enthusiast at Summer School. The sociable atmosphere of the week generates an extremely supportive learning environment, which in turn leads to a high level of achievement and enjoyment with many participants returning again and again.

2024 is your 60th year and Summer School will be a true celebration – with a special dinner held midweek. This is a Summer School not-to-be missed!

Our highly skilled team of tutors are all members of SfP and bring a range of experiences as professional conductors, musicians, teachers, trainers, adjudicators and workshop leaders. For more information about our tutors please visit the SfP website

You’ll soon be able to book onto Summer School 2024. If you’d like be notified when bookings open, please leave your email address below.

Event Details

Start date: August 10, 2024

End date: August 17, 2024

Start time: 10:00 GMT

End time: 10:00 GMT

Venue: Keele University

Venue

Set in magnificent parkland and overlooked by the stately Keele Hall, Keele Conference Park forms part of Keele University and combines the perfect central location with award-winning catering, newly upgraded facilities, and comfortable accommodation in en-suite single rooms.
Keele University is a campus site and easily accessed from the M6, A34 and A50. Stoke-on-Trent is the nearest railway station and the closest airports are Birmingham International or Manchester.

Singing Courses

Details coming soon.

Conducting Courses

For 60 years SfP has provided high-quality training for choral conductors and vocal leaders. In that time, we have developed courses that allow conductors to acquire an initial repertoire of effective conducting gestures and techniques and then build on that in their individual ways and according to their varying experiences. Many of our previous students have gone on to win major national and international prizes with their choirs, and some of them now teach the courses that provided them with the skills that power their success.

Foundation

The Foundation Course is for complete beginners or those keen to discover the basics of our approach.  It is a particularly appropriate course for those wishing to lead singing in the classroom as well as for those working with adults, as it provides the key skills upon which further development can be built. Repertoire at this 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.

Intermediate 1
Participants with some experience of conducting and vocal leadership will benefit from this course.  It builds on the skills developed at Foundation level and uses more challenging repertoire to stretch participants further. Repertoire at this 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.

The Foundation and Intermediate 1 Courses are delivered in two ways – technique sessions that include practical demonstration of all the key aspects of conducting and workshop sessions that allow all participants an enviable amount of podium time to put into practice what they have learnt in a comfortable learning environment. All members of the group sing for each other in workshop sessions, building a camaraderie and supportive atmosphere that is unparalleled. Participants will also observe members of the Intermediate 2 and Advanced Course at work and will be able to take advantage of the learning these sessions can provide through singing.

Intermediate 2

The Intermediate 2 Course enables participants to develop their skills further, using more challenging repertoire.  Conductors are encouraged to broaden their range and complexity of gesture and idiom. This course is designed for those who have successfully completed previous SfP course levels and, occasionally, experienced conductors are accepted at this level at the discretion of the Head of Conductor Training. Repertoire at this 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 Intermediate 2 Course is delivered through technique sessions to broaden conducting skills and learn about the wider role of leading a choir, and practical workshop sessions with plenty of podium time to practice the techniques that have been introduced, alongside a range of optional sessions which may include choral arranging, vocal health, repertoire planning and an introduction to orchestral conducting technique. Participants will have opportunities to work with various forces including a larger group of singers, an accompanist and a small orchestra. They will also observe members of the Advanced Course at work and will be able to take advantage of the learning these sessions can provide through singing.

Advanced

The Advanced Course enables participants to significantly develop their skills in a wide range of choral and orchestral situations. Conductors are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and application of complex musical ideas and idioms. This course is designed for those who have successfully completed previous SfP course levels and, occasionally, experienced conductors are accepted at this level at the discretion of the Head of Conductor Training. Repertoire at this level is more technically and musically challenging than at Intermediate 2 in a way that gives participants every opportunity to build on their existing skills.

The Advanced Course is delivered through practical workshop sessions with plenty of podium time to practice the techniques that are raised in each style of piece, and dedicated sessions teaching baton technique and orchestral conducting, alongside a range of informative sessions to broaden understanding of vocal health, choral arranging, recitative, historical styles and periods, organ registration, writing and presenting programme notes, and concert management. Participants will have opportunities to work with various forces including a small choir, larger groups of singers, a full orchestra, and the whole course during combined choral sessions.