Leading the Singing/Foundation Courses

Previously known as the Initial I/II Course

Photo © J Flynn

Our next Leading the Singing/Foundation Course will run on 21st April, 19th May, 16th June & 14th July at the Hall School, 69 Belsize Park, London, NW3 4EH.

The course will be led by Jo McNally, and supported by Peter Broadbent and Katie Thomas.

Price £300 abcd members, £330 non-members. Book online here, or download our booking form and return as directed.

We are also running a one-day event, Basic Conducting Skills, on 3rd February in Birmingham. Find out more and book online here.

These courses consist of four one-day sessions spread over four months and are designed for those who are either new to choral conducting, or have conducted for a while and want to back up their experience with training. We also provide video footage from each session to participants so that they can continue their learning in between sessions.

"I loved the way that the course catered for students of many different standards and levels of experience, from the absolute beginner like me who was mostly just concentrating on getting a beat pattern right, to the more advanced who were encouraged to try different things to get the most out of the choir." Tristan Pye, course participant 2016

By the end of this course, those who have passed Leading the Singing should understand simple beat patterns and basic singing leadership skills such as cueing, pauses, setting tempi and being able to lead a warm-up, and have a better knowledge of how to improve choral sound. Those who have passed Foundation will have demonstrated confidence in these and developed choral gesture and some independence of hands. A pass at Foundation level also indicates that the participant is ready for the Emerging course, should they wish to continue their training.

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