London Weekend for Singers, Conductors and Vocal Leaders

John Lewis Partnership, Victoria, London

171 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5NN


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Course Description

1-2 February 2020

Saturday: 9.30am – 6.15pm
Sunday: 9.15am – 3.45pm

Join us at our first training weekend for 2020 in London, packed with courses to develop and improve your conducting or singing skills – including our introductory Orchestral Conducting Course. Online booking is now open.

For choral conductors, teachers and vocal leaders, we’re offering our popular conducting courses at Foundation and Intermediate 1 and 2 levels, along with a Masterclass for Advanced level students and our introductory Orchestral Conducting Course,which is running for the second time in London. Singers are catered for, too, with our Musicianship for Singers Course at Intermediate 1 level. Outlines for these specific courses are as follows:

Our Choral Conducting Masterclass is aimed at experienced conductors who are already working at Advanced level, though some places may be available for students currently at Intermediate 2 level. Tutor Catherine Beddison will work with attendees on a selection of challenging a capella works during Saturday, in preparation for Malcolm Archer joining the course as visiting guest tutor on Sunday.

Our Orchestral Conducting Course is perfect for individuals keen to embark on conducting in this area, or those who already have a little experience.  Repertoire for students on the Orchestral Course will include Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B minor, HWV330 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for strings. Ideally, Orchestral Course participants should have completed our choral conducting programme to at least Intermediate 2 level, but others with similar levels of experience will also be considered.

Our Musicianship for Singers Course at Intermediate 1 level is ideal for those who want to work on developing and improving their music reading and sight singing skills; it offers an introduction to reading SATB, four-part scores. If you are unsure which musicianship course level is right for you to start at, please email us for advice.

More information on the courses running over the weekend can be downloaded below:
London Weekend 2020 brochure


  • Orchestral Conducting Course tutor: Manvinder Rattan
  • Choral Conducting Masterclass tutor: Catherine Beddison, and guest tutor Malcolm Archer
  • Choral Conducting Course tutors: Mark Jordan, Jane Hampson,
  • Ula Weber, Nick Graham and Ruth Evans

Who Should Attend?

  • Choral and Orchestral Conductors
  • Vocal Leaders, including Teachers
  • Singers

Contact Details

Ula Weber for event enquiries. (For bursary enquiries, please visit our Bursary and Scholarship Information page for details of how to apply; if you have any additional questions, please contact Manvinder Rattan.)

Fees and Application form

Foundation/Intermediate courses £210 (non-members £260); Orchestral course/Masterclass £240 (non-members £290); Musicianship for Singers course £180 (non-members £230). Singers/observers £80. Course fees include all tuition, lunches, Saturday evening meal and refreshments. Saturday night bed & breakfast is not included (there are a number of hotels within walking distance of the venue; we recommend the Premier Inn, Pimlico, which is where the team will stay).   Worth noting: Sing for Pleasure membership entitles you to discounts on courses and our songbook collections.

For event booking terms & conditions click here.

Annual membership offers a host of benefits and discounts for just £40 (£15 for under-26s) - consider becoming a member.

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Please pay via the SfP online shop

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What Next

We arrange day and residential courses, workshops, training days and bespoke events for singers, choirs, schools and teachers in the UK and abroad. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Sing for Pleasure conductor training is at four levels; Foundation, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Advanced. Students move through the levels according to their experience and progress. Please visit our Conductor Training page for more details.

We publish a range of song collections containing a wide variety of enjoyable songs and arrangements from a broad selection of musical traditions. Please visit our Publication for Adults and Publications for Children pages for details, or go directly to our online shop to purchase songbooks.

We also have access to a variety of bursaries and scholarships. Please visit our Scholarship & Bursary Information page for more details.