Week 2    7th to 14th August


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Choral Workshops

Early morning Chi Kung

Conductors of all levels of experience are welcomed on this course, during which a student’s development through the week is tailored closely to their own individual needs. Essential elements of conducting technique will be shared throughout each day with the majority of the course spent in a masterclass situation. Additional opportunities, such as working with a large chorus, working with an orchestra and conducting in the course concert, will be shared amongst the members of the course. A week is a short time, but sufficient enough to examine the nature of the choral conductor’s craft, including how to prepare a score and plan effective rehearsals, how to build a musical relationship with a group, how our language affects our choirs and what it takes to prepare a dynamic performance. It is advised that complete beginners initially attend as observer/singers in order to absorb the teaching without having to conduct an ensemble. Conductors of choral societies, chamber choirs, youth choirs, church choirs, organ scholars, etc., are all equally welcomed to what will be a demanding, supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Choral singers who wish to develop their sight reading skills are also encouraged to apply. You will be warmly welcomed as a member of the course and be invited to sing for the choral conducting students. A reasonable level of sight reading would be an advantage.   

 All sessions will be filmed by camcorder and students are asked to bring with them a standard SD memory card in order to create a record of their work.

                                    Pre-preparation of the repertoire is highly recommended   

This course is proudly supported by the Association of British Choral Directors

The Art of Choral Direction

Amy Bebbington  director    

with Charlie Penn-Jones

Chilcott                           All my trials. SATB                                         Oxford University Press

                                        Ev’ry time I feel the spirit. SATB                    Oxford University Press

Williams                         I want Jesus to walk with me. SATB              Oxford University Press

The above pieces are also contained in the single volume: Bob Chilcott, Spirituals for Choirs, Oxford University Press

Finzi                              My spirit sang all day. SATB                           Boosey & Hawkes

Sullivan ed. Wardman The long day closes. SATB                             CPDL #05041 free download

Dowland ed. Gibb        Weep you no more sad fountains. SATB        CPDL #44001 free download

Viadana ed. Moore       Exultate Justi. SATB                                       CPDL #03307 free download

The above four pieces are also contained in the single volume: Madrigals and Partsongs, Oxford University Press

from Multitude of Voyces, Volume 1, SATB anthems                      Stainer & Bell

Aleotti                           Angelus ad pastores ait

Hensel                          Gebet in der Christnacht
Holst ,Imogen               A hymne to Christ
Wheeler                        Alleluia, I heard a voice
MacDonald                  Crux Fidelis

Quartel                          Sing my child. SATB                                        Oxford University Press
                                      Wide open spaces. SATB                                Oxford University Press
                                      How can I keep from singing? SATB               Oxford University Press

The above three pieces are also contained in the single volume: ‘Sarah Quartel, 10 songs for mixed voices, Oxford University Press

Rutter                           Magnificat                                                          Oxford University Press


Please note
This year the summer school will not have a music shop in residence. Students are asked to purchase course materials before they arrive at the school either from their local music shop or from our nominated internet supplier, Forwoods ScoreStore (0800 072 0354)   Click on the following link to take you straight to the Sherborne Summer School section of the Forwoods website and there you will find all the music for your course ready to purchase :  scorestore.co.uk