Choral Conducting Masterclass

St Gabriel's Halls, London

Saturday 14 July 10:00am

We are delighted to announce the Sonoro Choral Conducting Masterclass to be held on Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July 2018, 10:00am-5:00pm at St Gabriel’s Halls, Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AA.

Aimed at advanced conductors who wish to gain further technical expertise and knowledge with Neil Ferris, one of the country’s leading teachers of choral conducting.

There are places for 8 active participants and up to 20 observers, and all active participants will receive at least 4 sessions of podium time over the course of the weekend. This is a weekend largely aimed at refining aspects of technique and how your technique becomes a vehicle for your musicianship.

Neil is joined by accompanist Michael Higgins and vocal coach Joanna Tomlinson. Members of Sonoro will join for the final afternoon providing a rewarding opportunity for all active participants to work with one of the UK’s newest and finest professional choirs.

Edward Elgar – The Music Makers
Ethel Smyth – Mass in D
Cecilia McDowall – Regina coeli
Gabriel Jackson – Justorum animae

TIMETABLE OUTLINE (subject to change)
Saturday 14 July
10:00-13:00 – Conducting Masterclass 1
with Neil Ferris and Michael Higgins.
14:00-17:00 – Vocal and Conducting Masterclass
with Joanna Tomlinson and Michael Higgins.
An examination of vocal techniques with specific reference to the demands of the repertoire chosen for the weekend, and how to apply these with your own rehearsing and conducting.

Sunday 15 July
10:00-13:00 – Conducting Masterclass 2
with Neil Ferris and Michael Higgins.
14:00-17:00 – Conducting Masterclass with Sonoro

Active participants: Please send a video link of an example of your work (rehearsal or performance) to by Monday 14 May 2018. In your application please state why you would like to participate in the course and what you hope to gain from it. You will be notified if you are one of the successful applicants for the 8 places by Monday 21 May.

Observer applications: Please register your place by emailing by Monday 3 July. Places are awarded on a first come first served basis.

Active participant: £220.00
Observers: £80.00

Past Concerts

  • 06

    Passion & Polyphony

    Concert and debut album launch reception

    MacMillan – Cecilia Virgo
    Martin – Mass for Double Choir
    MacMillan – Data est mihi omnis potestas

  • 20

    Christmas with Sonoro

    St John's Church, Wimbledon

    A magical way to celebrate the festive season with family and friends.

  • 11

    The Cool Web

    A Robert Graves Oratorio

    A special performance of Jools Scott's oratorio on Remembrance Day to open the Wimbledon International Music Festival.

  • 14

    Merton SingFest

    Supper with Sonoro

    An evening of popular folk, jazz and classic songs, with two course supper.


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