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ECE Conducting Course
20 – 28 July 2019
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, 20 – 28 July 2019
Timetable (subject to change)

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Pre-course

  1. Registration, acceptance, payment, and receipt of scores
  2. Read Abbey Dore 101 course booklet
  3. Two 30-minute Skype tutorials with conference directors, on preparing for the course
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Arrive in Hereford
4.00 - 6.00pm Welcome and Workshop with Paul Spicer (you will conduct the opening of your piece)
7.00pm Dinner in Hereford (not included in course fee)
Sunday, 21 July 2019
Breakfast; travel to abbey
10.00 - 11.30am TTBB sectionals (DC)/SSAA how-to session, including an intro to conducting chant (DG)
Break  
12.00 - 1.30pm SSAA sectionals (DC)/TTBB how-to session, including an intro to conducting chant (DG)
Lunch  
3.00 - 4.00pm Ghislaine Morgan, opening talk & workshop
4.00 - 5.00pm Daniel Galbreath & Ghislaine Morgan, physicality workshop
5.00pm ECE course opening and Pimms
7.00pm Dinner
Monday, 22 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.30 - 10.00am Warm-up with the main course
10.00 - 11.00am Scholars’ session 1a (4 conductors, 12 min each)
Break  
11.30 - 12.45am Scholars’ session 1b (6 conductors, 12 min each)
12.45 - 1.15pm Consort rehearsal
Lunch, private study time, and 1-to-1s with DG & PS
3.00 - 4.00pm 1-to-1s with GM & S T-F (two conductors each)
4.00 - 4.45pm Consort rehearsal
4.45 - 6.30pm Sing with Main Choir, plus 1-to-1s with GM & S T-F (three conductors each)
7.00pm Dinner
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.30 - 10am Warm-up with the main course
10.00 - 11.00am Scholars’ session 2a (4 conductors, 12 min each)
Break  
11.30 - 12.45am Scholars’ session 2b (6 conductors, 12 min each)
12.45 - 1.15pm Consort rehearsal
Lunch, private study time, and 1-to-1s with DG & PS
3.00 - 4.00pm 1-to-1s with GM & S T-F (two conductors each)
4.00 - 4.45pm Consort rehearsal
4.45 - 6.30pm Sing with Main Choir, plus 1-to-1s with GM & S T-F (three conductors each)
7.00pm Dinner
9.15pm Compline 1
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.30 - 10.00am Warm-up with the main course
10.00 - 11.00am Sing with Main Choir (& extra GM sessions)
Break  
11.30 - 12.45am Sing with Main Choir (& extra GM sessions)
12.45 - 1.15pm Consort rehearsal
Quick lunch  
2.00 - 4.00pm Masterclass with Paul Spicer
6.00pm Drinks in Hereford (optional)
7.30pm Dinner in Hereford (optional)
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.30 - 10am Warm-up with the main course
10.00 - 11.00am Scholars’ session 3a (4 conductors, 12 min each)
Break  
11.30 - 12.45am Scholars’ session 3b (6 conductors, 12 min each)
12.45 - 1.15pm Consort rehearsal
Lunch, private study time, and 1-to-1s with DG & PS
3.00 - 4.00pm 1-to-1s with GM (two conductors)
4.00 - 4.45pm Consort rehearsal
4.45 - 6.30pm Sing with Main Choir, plus 1-to-1s with GM (three conductors)
7.00pm Dinner
9.15pm Compline 2
Friday, 26 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.30 - 10.00am Warm-up with the main course
10.00 - 11.00am Scholars’ session 4a (4 conductors, 12 min each)
Break  
11.30 - 12.45am Scholars’ session 4b (6 conductors, 12 min each)
12.45 - 1.15pm Consort rehearsal
Lunch, private study time, and 1-to-1s with DG & PS
3.00 - 4.00pm 1-to-1s with GM (two conductors)
4.00 - 4.45pm Consort rehearsal
4.45 - 6.30pm Sing with Main Choir, plus 1-to-1s with GM (three conductors)
7.00pm Dinner
9.00pm Scholars’ final concert
Saturday, 27 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.30 - 11.00 Sing with Main Choir
Break  
11.30 - 12.45am Sing with Main Choir
12.45 - 1.15pm Consort rehearsal
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off, including optional outing
7.30pm Final course concert
Sunday, 28 July 2019
Breakfast & announcements; travel to abbey
9.00am Consort Rehearsal
10.00am Eucharist
12.00pm Return to accommodation; depart
Please note it may not be possible to depart from the abbey before 12.00, resulting in a return time to the accommodation at ca. 12.30. Please plan travel from Hereford accordingly.