with Paul Spicer
21st – 29th July 2018
Gain generous ‘podium’ time, performance experience and tuition from Paul Spicer and other acclaimed tutors.
ECE Conducting course, 21st – 29th July 2018
We are pleased to announce the third year of the English Choral Experience Conducting Course. Up to 10 emerging conductors – including two Advanced Conductors, comprising an SATB consort called ECE Scholars – will have the opportunity to work with conductor Paul Spicer in the idyllic surroundings of Abbey Dore (built 1147), Herefordshire. Each participant will receive generous ‘podium’ time, performance experience, and tuition from Paul Spicer and other tutors, in a collaborative workshop environment. The fee is £340 and the accommodation cost is £240; some financial aid may be available (see below). The accommodation is in single rooms with en suite facilities.Ensembles
- The ECE Scholars’ Choir, an SATB ensemble comprised of, and conducted by, the conducting scholars, will perform their own concert on Friday evening.
- The Consort, which all scholars will conduct and sing in, supplies music for two compline services and a Sunday Eucharist in Abbey Dore (please see the Timetable).
- Scholars will sing in the main ECE Choir, conducted by Paul Spicer. The Advanced Conductors will each conduct a piece with the main choir in performance.
- Masterclasses and private tuition with Paul Spicer throughout the week.
- Conducting tuition from Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Lecturer in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. A conductor, choral animateur, and adjudicator who co-founder of the Association of British Choral Directors, Sarah previously acted as general manager of The Sixteen, and featured as conducting mentor in BBC2’s popular TV series Maestro (2008). She is also Advanced Conducting Tutor for Sing for Pleasure and Conducting Tutor for the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd).
- One-to-one vocal tuition with Ghislaine Morgan, founder/director of the Sintra International Singing and Choral Conducting Course in Portugal and director of the Casole International Renaissance Polyphony School in Siena, Italy.
- A guest seminar led by Mark Opstad on his work with the Maîtrise de Toulouse, a critically acclaimed choir based at the Toulouse Conservatoire which has become one of the leading choir school model choirs In France, which he founded and directs.
- A supportive, collaborative atmosphere. In addition to workshop rehearsals, scholars also have the opportunity to get to know each other socially through meals and during a free afternoon on Wednesday, and interact with the larger body of course attendees.
Please see the timetable for more details on events and features
In 2017, a total of £2,240 in scholarships and bursaries were awarded. This year, scholarships include:
- Keyboard Scholarship (£160): for one scholar who will support Scholars choir rehearsals and concert as needed (piano) and accompany the Sunday Eucharist (organ); conducting duties will be slightly less than those of other conductors. The Keyboard Scholar also sings with all choirs, when not playing. You may also be asked to supply a solo piece or two for the Scholars’ choir concert on Friday night.
- Scholarships for Women Conductors: for a woman conductor of considerable merit.
- Scholarships for General Merit (amount tbc): for any conductor of notable skill.
- Bursaries in case of financial need. Applications will need to be supported by testimonial from a teacher and a covering letter from the applicant.
- Applications open on Monday 2 October 2017
- We will accept applicants on a rolling basis until Monday 21 May 2018. The conductors must form a small SATB choir, so places are limited by voice part.
- We will aim to notify you of acceptance within a week of your application, when we will discuss when payment should be made.
- Scores will be sent out after applications close on 21 May 2018.
- Late applications may still be considered on a discretionary basis.
Main Course Fee (including lunch and dinners): £340
Accommodation: £240 (£30/night)
Scores: Leo Brouwer, Canciones Amatorias – £2.75
Juan Ponce, Todo mi Bien e Perdido – £2.15
Alberto Ginastera, The Lamentations of Jeremiah – £2.99
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ave Maria (1932) – £1.12
Villa-Lobos, Duas Lendas Ameríndias em Nheengatu – £8.90
Francisco López Capillas, Cui Luna, Sol, et omnia – no charge
Capillas, Alleluia: Dic Nobis, Maria – no charge
Juan de Lienás, Lamentatio in Coena Domini – no charge
Beatriz Corona, Penas – no charge
Corona, Solo de Guitarra – no charge
Additionally, you will require the music being rehearsed and performed by participants in the Abbey Dore Week course.
Sir Thomas Armstrong, A Passer-by – £3.00
Benjamin Britten, Hymn to St. Peter – £6.20
Benjamin Britten, A Hymn of St Columba – £6.20
Sir George Dyson, Hierusalem – £4.50
Gerald Finzi, Three Short Elegies – £7.25
Eric Wetherell, Shall I compare thee – £2.00
Eric Wetherell, Westminster Bridge – £2.00
Course Book, Contents – £4.00
Adrian Batten, O Sing Joyfully
George Kirbye, Vox in Rama
Peter Philips, Surgens Jesus
William Harris, Behold the tabernacle of God – £2.00
Francis Jackson, Communion Service in G – £2.90
James MacMillan, O Radiant Dawn – £2.10
Compline Book, Contents – £2.00
Your application should consist of these four items:
- A fully completed application, either completed online or printed and posted.
- A 1-page CV or resume, detailing relevant musical experience.
- A link to a YouTube video of 5 to 7 minutes’ length, which shows both your conducting ability and some singing. We must be able to see you in the video, and must hear you sing at least a phrase of music.
- If you wish to apply for the Keyboard Scholarship, please also include evidence of your keyboard ability in both your CV and YouTube video.