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ECE Conducting Course
21st – 29th July 2018
A course for advanced and intermediate conducting students.

Gain generous ‘podium’ time, performance experience and tuition from Paul Spicer and other acclaimed tutors.

ECE Conducting course, 21st – 29th July 2018

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This years’ ECE Conducting Course is now full!

If you would like to be waitlisted for a place on this years’ course, you may still fill out an application. If you have any questions, please email

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.

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Financial aid

In 2017, a total of £2,240 in scholarships and bursaries were awarded. This year, scholarships include:

Important Dates


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:

  1. A fully completed application, either completed online or printed and posted.
  2. A 1-page CV or resume, detailing relevant musical experience.
  3. 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.
  4. If you wish to apply for the Keyboard Scholarship, please also include evidence of your keyboard ability in both your CV and YouTube video.