Association Of British Choral Directors

New abcd apprenticeship

Laurel Neighbour has been appointed as an abcd apprentice conductor with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus. Conducted by Jeremy Haneman, the Chorus is open to anyone aged eight and over, living, working or studying in Thurrock. It works on a mixed repertory, with a focus on established and new work, as well as the Royal Opera House repertory.

Laurel conducts Take Note Blackheath, the London Humanist Choir, Islington Council Choir and choirs for Music in Offices. She also sings in choirs such as St Martin's Voices at St Martin in the Fields, St Paul's Cathedral Consort, and has held scholarships with The Sixteen's training project, Genesis Sixteen, and Voces8. She is also passionate about working with young voices, through her current teaching with Southwark Music Service. She has worked as a London Youth Choir Young Leader, led the children's choir at St Alfege's in Greenwich and was Project Director at Dartford Choral Project.

This is the final apprenticeship under funding from the Ernest Cook Trust, which has enabled us to offer apprenticeships since 2005. The 'hands on' scheme gives conductors the chance to work regularly with an experienced conductor and their choir in rehearsal and concert situations for a year, with the apprentice conductors not only observing rehearsals but also taking an active role and working within concert situations.

Posted: Fri 14th December 2018

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