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The Art of Choral Conducting

Amy Bebbington director

with Charlie Penn  biography   

6 to 13 August 2023

This course is proudly supported by the Association of British Choral Directors

Conductors of choral societies, chamber choirs, youth choirs, church choirs, organ scholars etc., are all equally welcomed to what will be a demanding, supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Choral singers who wish to develop their sight reading skills are also encouraged to apply. You will be warmly welcomed as a member of the course and be invited to sing for the choral conducting students. A reasonable level of sight reading would be an advantage.

All sessions will be filmed by camcorder and students are asked to bring a standard SD memory card to create a record of their work.

Pre-preparation of the repertoire is highly recommended.













Songs and Sonnets   

Beati Quorum Via, Op.38, No.3 ed. Cooke (SSATBB)

Deux Choers, Op.68    

The Music of Stillness (SATB)  

Dieu! qu’il a fait bon regarder! (SATB)  

Zion’s Walls (SATB)    

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op.11 (SATB)  

Beati Quorum Via (SATB)  

Ubi Caritas (SATB)    

Five Hebrew Love Songs (SATB)  

Ubi Caritas (SATB)    

Hear My Prayer ed. Thompson  (SSAATTBB)
Ave Verum Corpus ed. Boulton

Hinshaw Music / Hal Leonard

CPDL #1896 free download

Durand / Hal Leonard

Oxford University Press

Durand / Hal Leonard

Boosey & Hawkes

CPDL #70809 free download

Maze Music

Durand / Hal Leonard

Walton Music / Hal Leonard

Walton Music / Hal Leonard

CPDL #18508 free download
CPDL #47310 free download

Conductors of all levels of experience are welcomed on this course, during which a student’s development will be tailored closely to their own individual needs. Essential elements of conducting technique will be studied with the majority of the course spent in a masterclass situation. Additional opportunities, such as working with a large chorus, working with an orchestra and conducting in the course concert, will be shared amongst the members of the course.

A week is a short time, but sufficient to examine the nature of the choral conductor’s craft, including how to prepare a score and plan effective rehearsals, how to build a musical relationship with a group, how our language affects our choirs and what it takes to prepare a dynamic performance. It is advised that complete beginners initially attend as observer/singers in order to absorb the teaching without having to conduct.

Please note

The summer school does not have a music shop in residence. Students are asked to purchase course materials before they arrive at the school either from their local music supplier or from our nominated internet supplier, Forsyth Music. The following address will take you straight to the Sherborne Summer School section of  Forsyth’s website and there you will find the music for your course ready to purchase: