Critical Listening for Studio Production
Jan
1
Dec 31

Critical Listening for Studio Production

About the course

Introduction

There are many qualities required to be a skilled sound engineer: the theoretical knowledge of sound and audio, the technical mastery of studio hardware and software, and diplomatic people skills, for example. But perhaps the most obvious (and often overlooked) quality required of all sound engineers is the ability to listen.

Sound engineers must constantly evaluate the sound quality of individual sound sources in a mix and evaluate how these sound sources interrelate with one another. The ability to listen critically and make these judgements is a skill that must be learnt through trial and error and repeated practice. This free online course aims to provide you with tools for developing and refining the critical listening skills relevant to contemporary sound engineering and will be of interest to musicians, sound enthusiasts and experienced sound engineers alike.

The course begins by examining the nature of sound and how properties of sound (frequency, amplitude and sound intensity, for example) are expressed. The relationship between these physical properties and the more subjective characteristics of music such as pitch, loudness, dynamic range and timbre is then examined. The remainder of the course focusses on the signal processing techniques commonly used by sound engineers when mixing multitrack recordings - for example, equalisation, compression and reverberation.

On completion of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the workflow involved when mixing a multitrack recording and will have developed the critical listening skills necessary to make informed judgements regarding individual and overall sound quality.



Presenting organisation

Queen's University Belfast/FutureLearn


Course leader

Chris Corrigan
Chris is a lecturer in audio engineering at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.


Further information

Course duration: 7 weeks; 3 hours per week
Delivery: Online
Cost: £Free
Certification: Certificates available


Requirements

No prior knowledge is assumed but an interest in music and/or audio would be beneficial. Participants should have access to a stereo pair of loudspeakers for replay of audio examples.


All FutureLearn music courses

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy
Jan
1
Dec 31

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

About the course

Introduction

If you’ve ever welcomed in the New Year with a rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne' or enjoyed a whisky and haggis on 25 January, you’re likely to be one of the thousands, nay, millions, of fans of Robert Burns around the world.

Now you can celebrate the poems, songs, and legacy of the great Scottish poet in a new way - with this free online course from the University of Glasgow, which begins on Burns Night 2016.

Learn how an 18th-century Scottish poet became a global icon

Over three weeks, we’ll introduce you to the life and works of Robert ('Rabbie' or 'Robbie') Burns, exploring three core questions:

  • Who was Robert Burns?
  • What made Robert Burns a poetic genius?
  • And what made Robert Burns a global icon?

In the process, you’ll examine archive material, original publications and manuscripts by Burns himself, recordings of Burns songs and examples of objects used to commemorate the poet. You’ll also look at and learn to interpret a selection of Robert Burns’ works in the context of Scottish history and culture. Poems and songs covered in the course include:

  • Auld Lang Syne
  • To a Mouse
  • To a Haggis
  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • A Red Red Rose
  • Scots Wha Hae
  • A Man’s a Man for a’ That
  • The Vision

Setting things in a wider context, you’ll also develop your understanding of Robert Burns’ reputation - from the rise of Burns Clubs and Burns Suppers following his death to the continuing celebration of the poet today through Burns Night, Hogmanay (New Year) and beyond.

Learn with Scotland’s leading experts on Robert Burns

You’ll learn with experts from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, which leads the world in the academic study of the poet, his life and works, the history and culture of the period in which he lived, and his ongoing legacy.

So join us on 25 January 2016 for a Burns Night with a difference.


Presenting organisation

University of Glasgow/FutureLearn


Course leader

Gerard Carruthers
Professor Gerard Carruthers FRSE is Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.


Further information

Course duration: 3 weeks; 4 hours per week
Delivery: Online
Cost: £Free
Certification: Certificates available


Requirements

No previous experience or qualifications are required for this course - just an interest in Robert Burns, Scottish history and culture or poetry and song in general.


All FutureLearn music courses

Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move?
Jan
1
Dec 31

Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move?

About the course

Introduction

Music is movement. A bold statement but one that we will explore together in this free online course.

Together, we will study music through different types of body movement. This includes everything from the sound-producing keyboard actions of a pianist to the energetic dance moves in a club.

You will learn about the theoretical foundations for what we call embodied music cognition and why body movement is crucial for how we experience the emotional moods in music. We will also explore different research methods used at universities and conservatories. These include advanced motion capture systems and sound analysis methods.

You will be guided by a group of music researchers from the University of Oslo, with musical examples from four professional musicians. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements.

Join us to learn more about terms such as entrainment and musical metaphors, and why it is difficult to sit still when you experience a good groove.


Presenting organisation

University of Oslo/FutureLearn


Course leaders

Alexander Refsum Jensenius
Music researcher, research musician (embodied music cognition, new interfaces for musical expression)
Associate professor of music technology and Head of Department of musicology, University of Oslo

Hans T Zeiner-Henriksen
I'm an associate professor in musicology at the University of Oslo. I teach, among other subject, music production and popular music history. My main research focus is on music and body movement

Kristian Nymoen
Associate Professor in Music Technology, University of Oslo
Research interests: Music and motion, motion capture technologies, machine learning, music cognition


Further information

Course duration: 6 weeks; 3 hours per week
Delivery: Online
Cost: £Free
Certification: Certificates available


Requirements

This course is open to everyone. No technical knowledge of music or dance is required.


All FutureLearn music courses


How to Write Your First Song
Jan
1
Dec 31

How to Write Your First Song

About the course

Introduction

Ever wanted to write a song, but not known how? This free online course will give you the practical and theoretical understanding you need to create a finished song of your own.

Get to grips with songwriting theory

Over six weeks, we’ll be exploring the basic musical concepts that underpin successful songs. From the fundamental elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, metre and key to the relationship between words and music.

We’ll uncover the tools and techniques that songwriters use to create effective melodies and discover how chords combine to give shape and structure to your songs. We’ll also learn how giving your song a musical form or structure can help to make it captivating and memorable.

Learn from established musicians and songwriters

As well as experts in music and psychology at the University of Sheffield, we’ll be talking to established musicians to find out what makes their songs successful. Special guests include:

  • Martin Simpson (award-winning folk songwriter)
  • Tom Ravenscroft (BBC Radio 6 Music presenter)
  • Christopher Hague (Producer, Sheffield Steelworks Studios)
  • Shahbaz Hussein (Tabla player)
  • Martin Curtis Powell (Cradle of Filth)
  • Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes)
  • Nat Johnson (singer-songwriter)
  • MC Matic Mouth (Clubs and Spades)
  • Mat Welsh and Sean Long (While She Sleeps)
  • Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)
  • Neil McSweeney (singer-songwriter)
  • Toddla T (DJ and producer)
  • Anastasia Walker (Bang Bang Romeo)
  • Paul Wolinski (65daysofstatic)

Write your first song using specially commissioned lyrics

To help get you started, we have commissioned Sheffield poet, Matt Black, to write some song lyrics. Each week, we’ll be using these lyrics to build up a song and encouraging you to do the same: setting the words to rhythm; writing a melody; harmonising the melody with chords; and structuring your ideas into a satisfying musical form.

World-renowned musician, Martin Simpson, will be using the same words and the same set of techniques to write a song. We’ll be checking in with him each week for inspiration and guidance on the songwriting process.



Presenting organisation

University of Sheffield/FutureLearn


Course leader

Adam White
Hello, I'm Course Director for Music at The Department for Lifelong Learning, University of Sheffield, an Associate Lecturer in Music with The Open University and a professional musician.


Further information

Course duration: 6 weeks; 3 hours per week
Delivery: Online
Cost: £Free
Certification: Certificates available


Requirements

Whether you’re a complete novice who has never written a song in their life, a budding amateur looking to develop further skills or an accomplished professional brushing up on the basics, this course will deliver comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge to help set you on your path. While it will be useful to have access to a musical instrument, this is not a requirement; you can participate in the course just using your voice or with freely available music software.


All FutureLearn music courses


5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition
Jul
2
Jul 11

5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition

  • College of Music, Mahidol University

The 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition will be held from 2-11 July 2017 at the College of Music at Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand.

Monsieur Londeix, one of the world's most distinguished concert artists, will preside over the jury of esteemed international musicians. The repertoire is distinct for its emphasis on the music of today's composers and those of the recent past. Advanced saxophonists of all nationalities are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Association of Teachers of Singing Summer Conference 2017
Jul
21
Jul 23

Association of Teachers of Singing Summer Conference 2017

  • University of Hull Scarborough Campus

About the conference

The AOTOS Summer Conference 2017 will take place at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull from 21 –23 July 2017.

Further information to be announced.


All AOTOS events


Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists
Aug
17
Aug 29

Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists

  • Chetham's School of Music

About the Summer School and Festival

The Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano-playing.

Now in its seventeenth year, it continues to grow and develop as a 'piano republic of equals'. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing. 

There is no other Summer School that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions professional music teachers.


An introduction to the Summer School and Festival

English version

Chinese version


Course information

There are two consecutive courses running from 17-23 August 2017 (Part one) and 23-29 August 2017 (Part two).

The following course options are available:

  • adult/amateur
  • composition
  • duets
  • harpsichord
  • improvisation
  • jazz
  • musical analysis
  • organ
  • piano
  • theory
  • Trinity diploma exam
  • young pianists
  • sightreading

Instruments

  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Harpsichord

Residential status

There are residential and non-residential options.


Faculty

Part one

Dmitri Alexeev
Joseph Banowetz
Simon Bottomley
Alton Chan
Peter Donohoe
Norma Fisher
Philip Fowke
Peter Frankl
Benjamin Frith
Duncan Glenday
Alison Havard
Leslie Howard
Nikki Iles
Marta Karbownicka
John LeGrove
John Lenehan
Michael Lewin
Leon McCawley
Murray McLachlan
John McLeod
Sarah Murphy
Margaret Murray McLeod
Noriko Ogawa
Martyn Parkes
Jonathan Plowright
Matti Raekallio
Jason Rebello
Emma-Ruth Richards
Sandro Russo
Tatiana Sarkissova
Philip Smith
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
Hilary Suckling
Nelita True
Charlotte Turner
Gavin Wayte

Ruth Aldred - Theory
James Crow - Alexander teacher
Emma Dixon - Dalcroze teacher
Hazel Fanning - sightreading
Kathryn Page - Adult amateur workshops

Part two

Gemma Beeson
Steve Berry
Graham Caskie
Les Chisnall
Philip Fowke
Duncan Glenday
Anna Górecka
Carlo Grante
Leslie Howard
Eugen Indjic
Matthias Kirschnereit
Heribert Koch
Helen Krizos
John LeGrove
Murray McLachlan
John McLeod
Jonathan Middleton
Margaret Murray McLeod
Elena Nalimova
Peter Noke
Richard Ormrod
Dina Parakhina
Artur Pizarro
Graham Scott
Craig Sheppard
Philip Smith
Christopher Stokes
Marie-Louise Taylor
Vladimir Tropp
Ashley Wass
Gavin Wayte
Jeremy Young
Xinning Zhang

Ruth Aldred - Theory
James Crow - Alexander teacher
Emma Dixon - Dalcroze teacher
Hazel Fanning - sightreading
Kathryn Page - Adult amateur workshops


Fees

Resident options

Participant Young Person either Part one or Part two (25 and under including full board): £625
Participant Adult either Part one or Part two (26 and over including full board, single en-suite): £699

Special offer – book both parts for the following reductions:

  • Young Person (25 and under including full board): £1150
  • Adult (26 and over including full board, single en-suite): £1240

Piano Duet Young Person (25 and under including full board): £565
Piano Duet Adult (26 and over including full board, single en-suite): £625
Observer Young Person (25 and under including full board): £510
Observer Adult (26 and over including full board, single en-suite): £585

Non-resident options (without food and accommodation)

26 and over: £475
25 and under: £395
Weekly Observer: £245
Daily Observer with lunch and dinner: £62

Extra Courses and Lessons

Each additional full course booked: £200
(this includes 3 hours of individual lessons and additional classes)

2 additional hours: £135
1 additional hour: £70

2 additional sightreading lessons (30 mins each): £70


Enrolment

  • Bookings will open on 10 January 2017
  • Deadline for applications: 10 June 2017

Venue

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
Manchester M3 1SB
United Kingdom

 

5th Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists
Aug
23
Aug 29

5th Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists

  • Chetham's School of Music

About the Competition

The 5th Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists will be for pianists aged 22 and under on 1 August 2017. 

The first round will be either by audition at selected venues or by submitted recordings which must be sent in to the administrator by 15 May 2017. As in previous competitions, repertoire requirements stipulate that competitors prepare from memory a complete concerto from the set list of works.

All first round performances and recordings should include the complete performance of a concerto from the list from memory. Recordings must include a reference from a professional musician of standing to verify that the recording was indeed live and made without any editing.

No more than eighteen performers will be accepted for the semi-final round of the competition, which will take place in the Stoller Hall, Chetham's School of Music, on 25 and 26 August 2017. Semi-finalists will be required to perform their complete concerto from memory with a second piano accompaniment of the orchestral part.  Official accompanists will be available, though all candidates may, if they so choose, opt to use their own accompanists.

A maximum of six semi-finalists will be selected by the jury to perform their chosen concerto in its entirety in the final of the competition. The final will take place from 19.00 hrs on the 27 and 28 August in the Stoller Concert Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, with the Manchester Camerata and Stephen Threlfall.


Competition Director, Murray McLachlan, introduces the event

English version

Chinese version


Age requirements

Entrants must be aged 22 and under on 1 August 2017.


How to apply

First round will be either by audition at selected venues or by submitted recordings, which must be sent in via online application to the administrator by 4 June 2017. As in previous competitions, repertoire requirements stipulate that competitors prepare from memory a complete concerto from the set list of works.

All first round performances and recordings should include the complete performance of a concerto from the list from memory. Applications must include a reference from a professional musician of standing to verify that the recording was indeed live and made without any editing.


Prize information

  • First Prize: £1,500
  • Second Prize: £750
  • Third Prize: £400

Remaining finalists will receive prizes of £100 each.


Contact information

For further information, please contact:

The Competition Administrator
Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists
Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
Manchester M3 1SB
United Kingdom

T/F: +44 (0)1625 266899
E: info@pianosummerschool.com
W: www.pianoconcertocompetition.com

For a contact form, please click here.


Venue

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
Manchester M3 1SB
United Kingdom

 


The Sixth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (2017)
Apr
18
Apr 21

The Sixth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (2017)

  • Birmingham City University

About the Symposium

Context Matters: The Sixth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education will be held from 18-21 April 2017 at Birmingham City University in Birmingham, UK.

Organising Chairs

Timothy S. Brophy, University of Florida
Martin Fautley, Birmingham City University


Call for papers and presentations

The University of Florida and Birmingham City University will host the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in April 2017 at Birmingham City University in the UK. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment.

We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Birmingham.


The Focus of the Symposium

The assessment of music learning and development from infancy to senior adults is vitally important to music educators and researchers. Furthermore, the music education profession worldwide is facing increased expectations for accountability of learning in music classrooms. In some countries, student learning in music is being used as a component of teacher evaluation. These developments in the assessment of music learning and development at all ages place increased emphasis on efficient and effective assessment practices, valid and reliable measurement of student learning, and the evolution of teacher evaluation to include evidence of student learning. The two symposium strands and their associated key questions focus on these areas.


Key Questions

The Key Questions for this symposium fall into two strands. They are:

Strand 1: Practice

  • What models, designs, and practices are most successful in assessing student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?
  • In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?

Strand 2: Assessment in Context

  • How is music learning assessed in local, regional, state, national, and international contexts?
  • In what ways are assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different contexts?
  • What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate the practice of music teaching?
  • In what ways are reliability and validity influenced by assessment contexts?
  • What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed?

Call for Papers and Presentations

We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions. 

Details of the submission process and registration are available at http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/isame.

  • Submissions are due by Friday, September 2, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by October 21, 2016.
International Youth Choir Festival
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

International Youth Choir Festival

  • Royal Albert Hall

About the Festival

Voices of the world united in song

The International Youth Choir Festival 2017 is a vibrant celebration of singing and choral music featuring eight outstanding youth choirs from four continents. On Saturday 15 April 2017, these outstanding international young singers will come to the Royal Albert Hall for a concert showcasing the unique and beautiful sounds of their choirs.

During the day, IYCF Delegate ticket holders can attend an exclusive set of workshops and seminars. An IYCF Expo will be running throughout the day, offering exhibition and promotional opportunities to commercial partners. Please email expo@iycfestival.org for the IYCF 2017 Media Pack

On Monday 17 April 2017, all eight IYCF choirs will reunite with Southbank Sinfonia and conductor Ben Gernon for a joint performance of Jonathan Dove’s There Was A Child at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets are available now from the Southbank Centre.


ICYF delegate sessions

Aimed at choral and music education professionals, IYCF Delegate ticket holders can attend exclusive workshops and seminars during the day, before enjoying the IYCF concert in the evening.

Sessions

  • Choral Champions – meet the IYCF choirs and discover their work
  • Sounds & Skills – attend workshops on world sounds and repertoire
  • Voiceworx – discover singing techniques for choral music
  • Rep Lab – learn new repertoire for children’s voices
  • Innovation Station – explore live electronics, samplers, apps and more!

Please email info@iycfestival.org for further information.


Participating choirs

Diocesan Boys’ School Choir, Hong Kong
Manado State University Chorus, Indonesia
Sawa Choir, Israel
Riga Dom Boys’ Choir, Latvia
Norwegian Youth Choir, Norway
Mzansi Youth Choir, South Africa (video below)
National Youth Choir of Great Britain, UK
Boston Children’s Chorus, USA


Principal Media Partner

 

Further information

For further information about the IYCF 2017, including exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, please contact julian.forbes@nycgb.org.uk.


WJEC GCSE Music – The Next Steps (Wales Centres Only)
Dec
5
Dec 14

WJEC GCSE Music – The Next Steps (Wales Centres Only)

  • WJEC

About the course

WJEC GCSE Music – The Next Steps (Wales Centres Only) is designed for teachers who are teaching the reformed WJEC GCSE Music specification from September 2016.

Each session will recap the key reforms to the specification, explore marked samples of work and consider approaches to teaching elements of the specification using resources available to support teaching and learning.

Sessions take place in Cardiff, Carmarthen and LLandudno.


Outcomes for delegates

  • An opportunity to revisit the content and assessment requirements of the specification, including the key reforms that need to be addressed
  • Support further planning for teaching and preparing learners for assessment
  • Gain practical ideas for delivery in the classroom
  • An opportunity to view resources and how they can be used to support teaching and learning
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues and subject specification specialists

You will also be provided with a comprehensive pack of materials which you can take away with you and share with colleagues.


Course personnel

The course is led by subject specialists who have in-depth experience and knowledge of the content. They will be subject officers, specification developers, examiners or moderators with a wealth of experience in this field.


Course costs

£210 (including refreshments and materials).


Course dates and locations

  • Monday 5 December 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Cardiff
  • Thursday 8 December 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Carmarthen

Wednesday 14 December 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Llandudno


Contact details

WJEC, 245 Western Avenue, Cardiff CF5 2YX, UK
Web: wjec.co.uk
Email: dpp [at] cbac.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 29 202 65024

 


WJEC AS/A Level Music – The Next Steps (Wales Centres Only)
Nov
23
Nov 29

WJEC AS/A Level Music – The Next Steps (Wales Centres Only)

  • WJEC

About the course

WJEC AS/A Level Music – The Next Steps (Wales Centres Only) is designed for teachers who are teaching the reformed WJEC AS/A Level Music specification from September 2016.

Each session will recap the key reforms to the specification, explore marked samples of work and consider approaches to teaching elements of the specification using resources available to support teaching and learning.

Sessions take place in Cardiff, Carmarthen and LLandudno.


Outcomes for delegates

  • An opportunity to revisit the content and assessment requirements of the specification, including the key reforms that need to be addressed
  • Support further planning for teaching and preparing learners for assessment
  • Gain practical ideas for delivery in the classroom
  • An opportunity to view resources and how they can be used to support teaching and learning
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues and subject specification specialists

You will also be provided with a comprehensive pack of materials which you can take away with you and share with colleagues.


Course personnel

The course is led by subject specialists who have in-depth experience and knowledge of the content. They will be subject officers, specification developers, examiners or moderators with a wealth of experience in this field.


Course costs

£210 (including refreshments and materials).


Course dates and locations

  • Wednesday 23 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Cardiff
  • Friday 25 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Carmarthen
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Llandudno

Contact details

WJEC, 245 Western Avenue, Cardiff CF5 2YX, UK
Web: wjec.co.uk
Email: dpp [at] cbac.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 29 202 65024

 


2nd International Music and Performing Arts Conference
Nov
22
Nov 24

2nd International Music and Performing Arts Conference

  • Faculty of Music and Performing Arts

About the conference

The 2nd International Music and Performing Arts Conference, 'Empowering Society: Transdisciplinary Research in the Performing Arts', takes place from 22-24 November 2016 at The Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Malaysia.


Call for submissions

The organisers invite abstract proposals for individual papers, performance of creative work, interactive workshops, panels, poster presentations, and papers by early career researchers. Transdisciplinary research presentations and collaborations between diverse fields are encouraged, based on the main theme and subthemes outlined below.

The deadline for abstract submission is 2 May 2016.


Theme

This year's theme resonates with the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 aim to recognise research with intangible outcomes, as indicated in the Key Intangible Performance (KIP). These intangible outcomes refer to research that creates an impact on society and solves problems of the industry.

These researches are usually demand driven, value or serviced based and encourage academia to collaborate with industry, community and business in providing practical solutions.

Transdisiplinary research that fuses ideas from the fields of music, dance, theatre, science, sport, mathematics, language, archaeology and others will also contribute to new knowledge and innovative outcomes.

Sub-themes

  • Community-based Education, Advocacy and Engagements: This sub-theme explores how academics can advocate educational goals in the community through innovative pedagogy and creative performances by working closely with culture bearers in the community. The researcher applies the theories and concepts in creative production through hands on application in the field. Practiced-based, practice-led, action-based, reflective approaches may be explored in this theme.
  • Heritage, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation of Ideas: One of the ways to approach cultural sustainability is through the reconstruction, rebranding, adaptation, innovation and commercialisation. This theme explores the heritagisation of culture and the mobilisation of cultural identity by various power structures with different socio-political agendas. Issues of rights to representation and how much innovation in cultural heritage is acceptable are questions probed in this theme.
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning Ecosystems: This sub-theme is in line with the Ministry of Higher Education's goals to increase diversity in the approaches and methods to the transmission of knowledge. Teaching and Learning methods that utilise current technological advancements may be explored in this theme. Research that examines education beyond the established models intrinsic in our education system may be presented. Malaysia needs to shift from working as an academic system functioning in isolation to the 'quadruple helix of academia, industry, government and local communities' (Malaysian Education Blueprint, 2015-2025). These enhanced ecosystems need to support value driven research that strive toward the commercialisation of ideas.
  • Creative Compositions and Performance: The integration of philosophies and concepts from various disciplines into music, dance and theatre enriches new compositions and adds new ideas to performances. This subtheme explores how science, mathematics, history and other fields can influence the composition of new pieces and engage performers in reinterpreting their performances.
  • New Research: This sub-theme provides an additional platform for researchers exploring new ideas that is in line with the main theme such as research that empowers society and one that is transdisciplinary.


Eduqas GCSE Music – The Next Steps (England Centres Only)
Nov
3
Nov 16

Eduqas GCSE Music – The Next Steps (England Centres Only)

  • Eduqas

About the course

Eduqas GCSE Music – The Next Steps (England Centres Only) is designed for teachers who are teaching the reformed Eduqas GCSE Music specification from September 2016.

Each session will recap the key reforms to the specification, explore marked samples of work and consider approaches to teaching elements of the specification using resources available to support teaching and learning.

Sessions take place in Exeter, London, Birmingham, Manchester and York.


Outcomes for delegates

  • An opportunity to revisit the content and assessment requirements of the specification, including the key reforms that need to be addressed
  • Support further planning for teaching and preparing learners for assessment
  • Gain practical ideas for delivery in the classroom
  • An opportunity to view resources and how they can be used to support teaching and learning
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues and subject specification specialists

Course personnel

The course is led by subject specialists who have in-depth experience and knowledge of the content.


Course costs

£210 (including refreshments and materials).


Course dates and locations

  • Thursday 3 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Exeter
  • Thursday 10 November 2016, 9.30 am-3.30pm – York
  • Friday 11 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Manchester
  • Tuesday 15 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – London

Wednesday 16 November 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Birmingham


Contact details

Eduqas, 245 Western Ave, Cardiff CF5 2YX, UK
Web: eduqas.co.uk
Email: cpd [at] eduqas.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 29 202 65024

 


Association of Teachers of Singing Autumn Conference 2016
Oct
30
9:00 am09:00

Association of Teachers of Singing Autumn Conference 2016

  • St. Paul's Girls’ School

About the conference

The Association of Teachers of Singing's Autumn Conference 2016 takes place on Sunday 30 October in London.

Further details to be announced.


Venue

St Paul's Girls' School, Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6 7BS


Date and time

Sunday 31 October 2015, times to be confirmed


Fees

£TBA


All AOTOS events


Musicians' Union (MU) Teachers CPD Weekend
Oct
28
Oct 29

Musicians' Union (MU) Teachers CPD Weekend

  • Faculty of Dance, Laban Building

About the event

The biennial Musicians' Union MU Teachers’ Continued Professional Development Weekend is back in October 2016 in partnership with Trinity Laban.

The weekend will be an opportunity for subject specialist and music teachers to meet to share skills and good practice.

Taking place in the award-winning Laban Building, expect fascinating debates and dynamic workshops while making music and networking with colleagues from across the UK.


Registration

  • Friday 28 October 2016 | Registration from 11.30, lunch 12.30-13.15, sessions 13.30-17.30, reception 17.30-19.30 followed by optional local evening entertainment
  • Saturday 29 October 2016 | Registration from 09.30, sessions and lunch/refreshments 10.00-17.00

Booking

The weekend costs £25 for MU members per day / £50 non-members per day. Price includes workshops, catering and entertainment. Accommodation is not included; deals with local hotels will be available.

For more information and to book, please go to the MU event webpage.

N.B. Booking closes on Monday 24 October 2016.


 

Eduqas AS/A Level Music – The Next Steps (England Centres Only)
Oct
4
Oct 13

Eduqas AS/A Level Music – The Next Steps (England Centres Only)

  • Eduqas (WJEC CBAC Ltd)

About the course

Eduqas AS/A Level Music – The Next Steps (England Centres Only) is designed for teachers who are teaching the reformed Eduqas AS/A Level Music specification from September 2016.

Each session will recap the key reforms to the specification, explore marked samples of work and consider approaches to teaching elements of the specification using resources available to support teaching and learning.

Sessions take place in Exeter, London, Birmingham, Manchester and York.


Outcomes for delegates

  • An opportunity to revisit the content and assessment requirements of the specification, including the key reforms that need to be addressed
  • Support further planning for teaching and preparing learners for assessment
  • Gain practical ideas for delivery in the classroom
  • An opportunity to view resources and how they can be used to support teaching and learning
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues and subject specification specialists

Course personnel

The course is led by subject specialists who have in-depth experience and knowledge of the content.


Course costs

£210 (including refreshments and materials).


Course dates and locations

  • Tuesday 4 October 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Exeter
    N.B. this event has low availability
  • Wednesday 5 October 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – London
  • Thursday 6 October 2016, 9.30am_3.30pm – Birmingham
  • Wednesday 12 October 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – Manchester
  • Thursday 13 October 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm – York

Contact details

Eduqas, 245 Western Ave, Cardiff CF5 2YX, UK
Web: eduqas.co.uk
Email: cpd [at] eduqas.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 29 202 65024

 


National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain auditions
Oct
3
Nov 1

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain auditions

  • National Children's Orchestras

About the National Children's Orchestras

The NCO invites applications from children aged 7-13 for its orchestras.

The National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) offers young musicians a unique opportunity to take part in residential courses and public performances under the guidance of leading professional musicians. 

There are six national age-banded orchestras and six regional orchestras. The national orchestras meet for residential courses in the school holidays. Each course culminates with an orchestral concert – the older Orchestras perform at major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Colston Hall and Leeds Town Hall.

Entry to the different orchestras is by audition and the search for members of the 2017 NCO orchestras is now under way.


Age requirements

Candidates should be aged 7–13 (age on 31 December 2016).


Audition timetable and locations

Auditions take place between 2 October – 1 November 2016. There are 36 venues and 68 days of auditions at different locations around the UK. The NCO tries to accommodate specific requests from candidates for audition locations.


How to apply

Applicants should read the auditions booklet, which contains full details of the application process, before filling in and returning an application form or applying online. The booklet includes information about the different NCO Orchestras, eligibility and bursaries as well as audition venues, dates and what to expect on the audition day. NCO also recommends that applicants and parents read about the NCO audition process and FAQs for parents and players.


Financial support

Musical ability is the only criterion for membership and full financial support is available through a bursary scheme.


Contact information

For further information please visit the NCO website.


Association of British Choral Directors Annual Convention
Aug
26
Aug 28

Association of British Choral Directors Annual Convention

  • University of Winchester

About the event

Convention

The 31st ABCD Annual Convention takes place from 26–28 August at the University of Winchester

Young Conductors

The ABCD Young Conductors' Course takes place in parallel with the Convention

Pre-convention course

A pre-convention course takes place from 25–26 August

Summer Singing 2016! with Capella Duriensis
Aug
24
Aug 28

Summer Singing 2016! with Capella Duriensis

  • Braga Portugal

About the Summer School

Capella Duriensis

Capella Duriensis

Introduction

Summer Singing! 2016 is a residential/nonresidential choral course for both amateur and professional singers, located in the historical city of Braga in northern Portugal.

Singers can apply to work at Level 1 (amateur with some choral experience) or Level 2 (musically trained with some professional experience), and participate in daily rehearsals, performances and workshops (see below). The course offers a full schedule of activities and the working atmosphere is friendly and supportive.

The course is organised by the Portuguese vocal ensemble Capella Duriensis, who are currently recording a series of CDs for the Naxos label of Portuguese masterpieces of the renaissance. Principal vocal coaches Simon Carrington (founder member of The King's Singers), Jonathan Ayerst and Vitor Lima, with members of Capella Duriensis, work closely with all participants to offer professional advice and clear guidance to improving vocal and choral skills.

A film of Alexandre Cabrita. Filmed on location, in Igreja de Santa Clara, Porto, Portugal. Performed by Capella Duriensis. Solo tenor - Vitor Sousa.


Course highlights

Activities

  • Daily Evensong (Vespers), in the 'Capela Imaculada' of the Seminary 'Nossa Senhora da Conceição'.
  • Daily vocal warmup and vocal technique class - working on tonal quality, breathing, musical style, listening and tuning
  • Sectional rehearsals
  • Choral Direction (Jonathan Ayerst)
  • Singing classes every morning for children

Workshops

  • Sight-reading (Jonathan Ayerst)
  • Body percussion (Artur Carvalho)
  • Organ - psychology of improvisation (Jonathan Ayerst)
  • Introduction to Gregorian Chant (José Carlos Miranda)
  • Stage presence (Simon Carrington)
  • Yoga (Marta Brandão)
  • Presentation and discussion of selected works of Manuel Faria (1916 - 1983), "Manuel Faria, um homem de contrastes" (Leonor Barbosa de Melo)

Course leaders

Invited Professor

Simon Carrington (26-28 August): Yale University Emeritus Professor of Choral Conducting, and founding member of The King's Singers

Principal Coaches

Jonathan Ayerst: Musical Director of Capella Duriensis, and Charles Allan Bryars scholar of the University of Sheffield
Vitor Lima: Musical Director of the Coro da Academia de Música de Viana do Castelo
Sandra Azevedo: Sociedade Musical de Guimarães Academia de Música Valentim Moreira de Sá
Invited members of Capella Duriensis


Residential status

Both residential and non-residential options available – limited rooms


Course fees

Different options according to attendee level, accommodation and meal requirements. Please visit the Summer School website for full information



Venue

Auditório Vita, Seminário de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Rua de São Domingos 94B, 4710-435, Braga, Portugal

 

Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 4
Aug
20
Aug 27

Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 4

  • Dartington Hall

About the course

Week overviews

All courses are taught for six days, from Sunday to Friday. There are four main sessions a day, starting around 9am, 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm. There’s also an early morning session for Yoga or Tai Chi Qigong.

Please look at the timetable on the Dartington website to see how your day could fit together; as you can see, some courses run across multiple sessions. If a course title is repeated in separate session blocks, it is possible to sign up for just one session of the course; if the title runs across the blocks, you must attend both/all sessions. And don’t forget, the evening is full of concerts too!


Advanced courses

Dartington Summer School provides a fantastic opportunity for intensive study and there are many courses suitable for music students and graduates as well as music professionals. Some – Conducting and Opera for example – run over two or three sessions per day while others are part-time. You may wish to participate in one intensive course or several shorter courses and use your free time to practise and meet up with other players. The Summer School provides a fantastic opportunity to choose at least one course that contrasts with your principal study. Why not try dance, creative writing, improvisation or multimedia?


Week 4 specialisms

Carmen and Composition, Film and Multimedia, Gospel and Jazz


Highlights

Andy Sheppard

Andy Sheppard

Week 4 definitely has a Flamenco flavour with a performance of Bizet’s Carmen as the climax of our Advanced Opera Course, complementing Paco Peña’s stunning Flamenco Mass alongside Fauré’s gorgeous Requiem. But most of all, we celebrate musical creativity in all its forms: from multimedia courses and Judith Weir’s Advanced Composition Course, coaxing new chamber works into life, to the Jazz Course, led by the titanic saxophonist, Andy Sheppard.

This week is simply sensational for brass players: there are masterclasses with the brilliant Alison Balsom and cool Dutch jazz trumpeter, Eric Vloeimans, as well as Dartington Big Band, Dartington Brass Ensemble and American jazz classics performed by the Dartington Festival Orchestra. There’s string tuition from Madeleine Mitchell and the Heath Quartet; piano masterclasses with Steven Osborne; wind tuition with Notus Winds; music theatre with Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Dadaist happenings being staged around the estate all week in celebration of Erik Satie’s 150th birthday.

Singers can go from choral and Gospel music into Carmen opera choruses; instrumentalists can perform in masterclasses and workshops in the morning then improvise and compose in different styles all afternoon. However you choose to spend your time, there’s an enormous amount of stimulation, fun, partying and dancing in store for you in this final week of the 2016 Summer School.


Age range of participants

  • 18+
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult

Residential status

Residential and non-residential options are available.


Fees

Fees for courses and concerts:

  • Standard: £425
  • Student: £385
  • Under 12s: £215

Please visit the Dartington website for full information including prices for accommodation and catering.


Venue

Dartington Hall, Dartington TQ9 6EL

 

All Dartington Summer School weeks


LMFL Cadeillan End of Summer Course in French Tuscany
Aug
16
Aug 26

LMFL Cadeillan End of Summer Course in French Tuscany

  • Cadeillan, Gers France

About the course

Language and Music for Life (LMFL) runs a programme of intensive music and language courses to help gifted young people to develop their talents. World-class teachers and a supportive environment combine to provide a life-changing experience.

Cadeillan

Cadeillan

LMFL's Cadeillan End of Summer Course in French Tuscany is a small, intensive course with Professor David Russell for Advanced level students of violin or viola.

Highlights include:

  • Teacher's concert
  • Student concert
  • One-to-one tuition daily
  • String ensemble daily

About David Russell

Violinist, David Russell, is one of the most celebrated violin pedagogues of his generation.

Mr Russell served on the Violin Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music for 24 years and was also Visiting Violin Faculty at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

He has taught at some of the world's most prestigious violin schools including Ivan Galamian's Meadowmount School of Music, the School for Strings, Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse (Israel), ARIA International Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and LMFL courses in Llandovery, Wales, Bristol, UK, and Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France.

He currently directs the annual Mountaintop Mastercourse for Violin in Elizabethtown, NY, a programme that attracts students from around the globe.


Accommodation

Students can register as day-only students.

Others may enrol with semi-board accommodation in the house of the course. All rooms are shared. 


Venue

The course is held in the former rectory of Cadeillan at Gers in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées in French Tuscany, a region of outstanding charm in South-West France.

 

Fees and booking

For information about fees, please go to the Cadeillan End of Summer Course web page here and click on 'Course Options and Fees'.

To book a place, please click here for an application form.


Sing for Pleasure Summer School 2016
Aug
13
Aug 21

Sing for Pleasure Summer School 2016

  • Keele University

About the course

There is something for every choral enthusiast at Sing for Pleasure's annual, week-long Summer School, held at the University of Keele, Staffordshire – from new-style Singers' courses (introduced in 2015) and Foundation and Intermediate Choral Conducting skills courses right through to the demands of Advanced Level Conducting.

From 13-21 August 2016, we will be offering a number of different courses to suit all abilities and styles:

  • Our ever-popular Conducting courses, available at Foundation, Intermediate 1 and 2 and Advanced levels
  • We plan to continue the special Singers' courses which ran for the first time in 2015 and which were very well received; those taking part in a fun three-day course at the start of the week will learn repertoire for the end-of-school concert and, for the second half of the week, three different Chorale courses are scheduled to run, aimed at community choirs, experienced sight-singers and those looking for even more challenging repertoire

Tutors

  • Manvinder Rattan
  • Mark Jordan
  • Ula Weber
  • Don Gillthorpe

Who Should Attend?

  • SIngers
  • Conductors
  • Vocal Leaders
  • Observers

More details and course fees

For more details and course fees, please click on the links below:


Bookings

To book your place, please complete our online application form.

Please visit Sing for Pleasure's website for booking and payment details.


All Sing for Pleasure events


Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 3
Aug
13
Aug 20

Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 3

  • Dartington Hall

About the course

Week overviews

All courses are taught for six days, from Sunday to Friday. There are four main sessions a day, starting around 9am, 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm. There’s also an early morning session for Yoga or Tai Chi Qigong.

Please look at the timetable on the Dartington website to see how your day could fit together; as you can see, some courses run across multiple sessions. If a course title is repeated in separate session blocks, it is possible to sign up for just one session of the course; if the title runs across the blocks, you must attend both/all sessions. And don’t forget, the evening is full of concerts too!


Week 3 specialisms

Conducting and Orchestral Music, Opera, Music Theatre and Brazilian Music


Highlights

Sian Edwards

Sian Edwards

Week 3 is a treat for pianists – with lectures on late Beethoven and Woody Allen from the legendary Alfred Brendel, masterclasses and workshops from Hamish Milne, Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor, and Florian Mitrea – and string lovers – with the wonderful Škampa Quartet, cellist, Adrian Brendel, violinist, Chloe Hanslip, and the Dartington Festival String Orchestra.

George Vass rehearses Haydn’s mighty Nelson Mass and Richard Williams directs a new, riotously witty production of The Pirates of Penzance. There are music theatre classes and vocal classes led by opera star, Gillian Keith; and Sarah Gabriel stars in her new show about Dorothy Parker.

Sian Edwards opens the two-week Advanced Conducting Course rehearsing a majestic programme of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and the Triple Concerto; the Advanced Opera Course production of Carmen begins; while tango, samba and bossa nova run through the week led by Brazilian master percussionist, Adriano Adewale, and Lithuanian accordionist, Martynas Levickis, with a tango band and tango ball. Don’t forget your dancing shoes…


Age range of participants

  • 18+
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult

Residential status

Residential and non-residential options are available.


Fees

Fees for courses and concerts:

  • Standard: £425
  • Student: £385
  • Under 12s: £215

Please visit the Dartington website for full information including prices for accommodation and catering.


Venue

Dartington Hall, Dartington TQ9 6EL

 

All Dartington Summer School weeks


Asia Kodály Symposium 2016
Aug
11
Aug 14

Asia Kodály Symposium 2016

  • Kaohsiung Taiwan

About the event

The Asia Kodály Symposium (AKS) is a biennial event presented by the Kodály Academy of Music Singapore (KAM) in collaboration with the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary).

The symposium sees a panel of world class international educators and conductors coming together to share their experience and expertise in lively hands-on workshops and presentations that will empower musician-educators in their daily work.

Music professionals ranging from conductors, instrumental teachers in private studios, music classroom teachers to music students have attended the AKS.

Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) International Summer School
Aug
8
Aug 14

Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) International Summer School

  • Liverpool Cathedral

About the Summer School

One of the best ways to learn is by trying things out in practice. The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) 2016 International Summer School takes its cue from the Reformation and will explore a wide range of worship with music devolving from Reformation practice and thinking.

Liverpool, with Roman Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals, Free Churches and other venues, is particularly apposite as a location. As Hope Street runs between the two iconic cathedral buildings so, we pray, does the goodwill and wish for unity, not uniformity, run through the 'study, practice and improvement of music for Christian worship' to which the RSCM is called by its foundation documents.

The Summer School will be interactive and busy: in the mornings, you can elect to follow one of two streams of study. The rest of the day is freely available for choice and there will be a raft of skills-based training available alongside lectures, seminars and concerts.

Highlights will include a broadcast on Radio Three; the Millennium Youth Choir joins the Summer School for this as choir-in-residence in the early part of the week.


More information

  • The Summer School is an ideal way to refresh the thinking, courage and persistence needed by church musicians working in isolation.
  • You can book a range of options from day-student to full board with en-suite rooms for privacy and comfort only a short walk from the training venues.

Presenters

  • MYC director and choral expert, Adrian Lucas
  • Graham Kendrick, often called the 'father of the worship-song movement'
  • Martin Ashley, specialist vocal coach on boys' changing voices
  • Trio 'In Voice and Verse' presenting a full-length concert/reading in their trademark format
  • RSCM staff tutors will offer relevant and sympathetic help at all levels of proficiency

Venues

  • Liverpool Cathedral, St James' Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

Linked by Hope Street, Liverpool's two cathedrals are masterpieces of twentieth century architecture. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's monumental Anglican Cathedral is the UK's largest and is easily visible on the skyline from much of the city. With an equally striking silhouette, the Metropolitan Cathedral to the north was completed in 1967. Both of these places of worship will provide us with a diverse choice of spaces for learning, music-making and services throughout the week.



Tring Park Musical Theatre Summer Course
Aug
7
Aug 12

Tring Park Musical Theatre Summer Course

  • Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

About the course

The Musical Theatre Summer Course is designed to give students an insight into how it feels to be part of a creative process, while developing their individual skills as a performer.

Students will take part in various classes and workshops which will take place in the new purpose-built Park Studios.

Open to all aged 10 to 16. Previous training in one or more genres is preferable.


Young Grittleton Chamber Music 2016
Aug
7
Aug 19

Young Grittleton Chamber Music 2016

  • Shrewsbury School

About the course

Introduction

Young Grittleton is a chamber music course designed for young string players aged between 11 and 18.

Two five day residential courses take place at Shrewsbury School in August, where all musicians receive chamber music coaching in small ensembles and rehearse and perform together as a string orchestra. The course culminates with an informal concert on the final day.

  • Week 1:   7-12 August 2016
  • Week 2: 14-19 August 2016

Ensembles are arranged on the course, based on age, standard and experience, however requests to play with friends are always considered. All music is provided but students are also encouraged to bring repertoire they would especially like to play.


Further information

Standards

Young violinists and cellists need to be at least Grade 6 standard. Viola players need to be Grade 5 standard. Older players are often well past Grade 8 standard.

Schedule

Although the playing schedule is busy, there is plenty of time for socialising and to make use of the extensive facilities the school has to offer. These include an indoor pool, all-weather tennis courts, facilities for badminton and table tennis, and beautiful grounds, that are all available for use during free time. On each Wednesday evening there is a concert given by the course tutors.


Course leaders

  • Violin: Philip Aird (course director), Steve Bingham, Fiona Robertson
  • Viola: Mandy Britton, Carmen Flores
  • Cello: Christopher Allan, Josephine Handy

Please visit the Young Grittleton website for biographies.


Fees and bookings

The fee for each week is £399.

To book a place, please complete the application form here.


Venue

Shrewsbury School, The Schools, Shrewsbury SY3 7BA, United Kingdom

 

Eton Choral Courses: Course 4 (Eastbourne)
Aug
7
Aug 15

Eton Choral Courses: Course 4 (Eastbourne)

  • United Kingdom

About the course

eastbourne.jpg

Introduction

The Eton Choral Courses are week-long, residential summer courses for singers aged 16-20, which provide intensive, fun weeks of training in singing and choral music.

For 36 years, we have been at the forefront of choral scene for young singers in the UK and offer a unique opportunity to perform at the highest level with like-minded musicians.


Highlights

Alexander Technique with Lindsay Wagstaff

Lindsay qualified from the Oxford Alexander Teacher Training School in 1990 and has been a visiting tutor on teacher training courses including the Alexander Re-Education Centre, the Oxford Alexander Training School and the London Centre for Alexander Teacher Training. She had her first Alexander lessons at the age of 14 whilst at Chethams School of Music, and has worked as a singer in the music profession for many years.

In addition to her role at the Royal College of Music and teaching in the RCM Junior Department, Lindsay is a regular teacher for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Eton Choral Courses and Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers. She is also a guest tutor for the Clerks and choral scholars of New College and Lincoln College, Oxford.

Guest Conductor James Burton

Born in London, James Burton is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge and the Peabody Conservatory where his conducting teachers were Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier. 

His extensive and inspirational work with young musicians has included regular visits to the RNCM, and guest invitations to RAM, Genesis Sixteen, RWCMD, Eton Choral Courses, Manchester University and University of Kentucky. James is in increasing demand as a teacher of, and mentor to young conductors.

James is a published composer, and his broad range of works and commissions have included the music for the 2010 World Equestrian Games opening ceremony, an orchestral album with the folk legend Arlo Guthrie and a large scale choral/orchestral work for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

Choral Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site, and we are delighted to have been invited to sing Choral Evensong in the Cathedral this summer.

Recital at Chichester Cathedral

We are delighted to have been invited to perform a lunchtime recital at Chichester Cathedral, which is relatively close to Eastbourne College.


Music

During the week the full choir sings a wide range of music spanning the last five centuries up to the present day for the main course performances.

In your small CONSORTS you will sing a variety of music from madrigals to close-harmony and jazz arrangements.

You will be asked to bring some SOLO music to work on in your individual SINGING LESSONS and there will be a chance for you to perform any other music during an INFORMAL CONCERT.


Tutors and Presenters

Katharine Fuge, Singing Teacher

Katharine Fuge grew up on the Channel Island of Jersey, and read music at City University, London. As a respected and versatile performer, she appears in major festivals, concert venues and cathedrals across Europe and worldwide. She has a well-established reputation as a performer of great integrity and sensitivity, with a special feeling for text and language in both concert and recital.

Katharine is a versatile and acclaimed recitalist, and she enjoys exploring wide ranging repertoire, from Purcell & Oswald, and Haydn & Schetky songs with David McGuinness (harpsichord & fortepiano), to Chausson at Le Grange de Meslay festival with Michel Dalberto (piano), Peeters, Andriessen and Blackford at Winchester Cathedral with Sarah Baldock (organ), Duparc, Ravel & Massenet with Richard Evans (piano) at La Folle Journée, Nantes.

Katharine also teaches the trebles of the renowned Trinity Boys Choir, preparing them for opera and concert performances all over Europe. She lives in Surrey with her two sons and cat, and when she’s not ferrying them around with a car full of guitars, she enjoys live music of all sorts, and wishes there was more time to do the gardening and play tennis.

Ralph Allwood, Course Director

Ralph Allwood MBE founded the Eton Choral Courses in 1980 and was Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College until 2011. Alongside positions as Conductor of Inner Voices, Director of Rodolfus Choir and Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich, Ralph is in high international demand for choral workshops and master-classes. He is a choral advisor for Novello and the Voices Foundation, and adjudicates the Choir of the Year Competition and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Stephen Taylor, Singing Teacher

Stephen Taylor began his singing career as a chorister at Ely Cathedral and was a choral scholar in the Durham Cathedral Choir. He is currently an Alto Lay Clerk at New College, Oxford and has performed and recorded with many leading vocal consorts, notably The Tallis Scholars. Stephen has appeared as a soloist with Baroque ensembles such as The King’s Consort and The Academy of Ancient Music and recorded all of Tallis’s lute songs for Signum Classics. Stephen holds appointments at Eton, Radley College and Cothill House School and is a regular teacher on the Eton Choral Courses. He also teaches the choral scholars at Brasenose and Wadham College, Oxford.


Venue

Eastbourne College

It was in 1865 that Dr Charles Hayman proposed the idea of a proprietary school ‘for the education of the sons of noblemen and gentlefolk’ and succeeded in persuading a number of the town’s leading lights and churchmen to support the idea. The Revd James Wood was appointed headmaster and on 20 August 1867 Eastbourne College opened with three assistant masters and 14 boys at no1 Spencer Road in a house then called Ellesmere Villas, now Spencer Court.

Most of the school buildings are on and around the central campus but many of the playing fields are to be found slightly further afield. For example, the Dukes of Devonshire allow us to use a part of the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club land. Bit by bit, additional boarding houses were added: apart from Blackwater House, further houses, Wargrave (1888), Gonville (1889) and Crosby (1914) as well as several short-lived enterprises were opened by members of staff who bought and ran them as businesses.

Further details about the venue are forthcoming.

 

All Eton Choral Courses