Sherborne Summer School of Music
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Sherborne Summer School of Music 2020
This website describes the courses that were on offer in both 2020 and 2021 prior to the schools being cancelled.
This is to give you an idea of the range of courses, the expertise of our tutors and the standard of performance materials.
Amy Bebbington is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, and her wealth of choral pedagogical experience.
Graduating with First Class Honours and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance (UK), Amy went on to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting (USA). She is Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors and tutors on their extended courses. In 2018, Amy co-founded and adjudicated at the London International Choral Conducting Competition and in the same year established an organisation celebrating Women in Choral Leadership called Wavelength.
Amy has worked closely with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as Course Director, Guest Artist and Musicianship Tutor. She has been choral conducting clinician at the International Summer School for the Association of Irish Choirs at Queen’s College, Cambridge, for The Royal College of Organists (Oxford) and the Hallé Youth Choir. She has worked on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work and led choral direction training days for the Military Wives’ Choirs’ Foundation. As a teacher trainer/animateur, Amy has worked for Youth Music, Trinity/Open University, Glyndebourne Education, Sing for Pleasure and Music for Life. She has choral works published by Banks Music Publications (UK). Amy is in great demand as a choral clinician, mentor and teacher and is currently Musical Director of the RAM Aural Skills Choir, Corra Sound, Harlequin Chamber Choir, Holmbury Choral Society, Sir William Perkins’ School Chamber Choir and Note Bene.
Charlie Penn graduated from the University of Birmingham where he studied piano with Joseph Middleton. He has a busy freelance timetable as a versatile musician specialising in work with choirs of all ages and abilities. Charlie is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, previously joining the music staff for the award winning Grimes on the Beach in Aldeburgh. He is director of Phoenix Chorale, Cambridge and the Harborough Singers as well Assistant Director to Cantate Youth Choir and accompanist to Ely Consort and Hertford Choral Society. Additionally, he delivers choral workshops in schools across the country for the Voices Foundation and regularly works with Sinfonia Viva on their education and orchestral projects.
On stage in the UK and Australia, he has appeared in Orpheus, an original piece devised and performed by Little Bulb Theatre, and as Keyboard 1 in an exciting new orchestration of the Threepennny Opera for the renowned Salzburg Festival. He has even made a brief appearance on the BBC’s The One Show, teaching Lee Mack some basic piano vamping!