Virtual Choral Conference 2020: Conductor’s Toolkit Short Courses

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Course Description

For more experienced conductors who can’t commit to our full Conductor’s Toolkit course during the conference, we’re now offering three short courses comprised of practical, interactive online workshops – each focusing on a different subject area.

The topics for these courses, along with the dates, times and titles of each of the associated four hour-long sessions, are as follows:

The Role of the Conductor
Led by Manvinder Rattan (Tues-Thurs) and Mark Jordan and Katy Lavinia Cooper (Fri)

Conducting Recitative – Tuesday 11 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
Concert Management – Wednesday 12 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
The Conductor as Leader – Thursday 13 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
The Virtual World – Friday 14 August, 11.30am-12.30pm



Writing for Choirs
Led by Don Gillthorpe

Rounds – Tuesday 11 August, 3.00pm-4.00pm
Arranging – Wednesday 12 August, 3.00pm-4.00pm
Feedback on submissions 1 – Thursday 13 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
Feedback on submissions 2 – Saturday 15 August, 11.30am-12.30pm



Interpreting Music
Led by Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Renaissance: Byrd,Vigilate – Monday 10 August, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Baroque: Bach, Komm, Jesu, Komm – Tuesday 11 August,1.30pm-2.30pm
Classical: Haydn, Excerpts from Creation – Wednesday 12 August,1.30pm-2.30pm
Romantic: Bruckner, Christus factus est and Rachmaninov, Bogoroditse Devo
Thursday 13 August,1.30pm-2.30pm


Each course costs £60 for SfP members (£75 for non-members), and you can sign up to take part in as many as you wish, depending on your level of experience; please note that the booking deadline is 5 August. Further details, including instructions for joining each online course workshop, will be sent to you from the end of July onwards.

The programme of activity for all three courses, outlining further information on session content, is available to download below:

Conductor’s Toolkit: Short Courses – Programme of Activity



  • Manvinder Rattan, Mark Jordan and Katy Cooper
  • Don Gillthorpe
  • Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Who Should Attend?

  • Experienced Conductors
  • and Vocal Leaders, including Teachers

Contact Details

Ula Weber for any general event enquiries.      

Fees and Application form

Cost per course,  including digital resources: £60 for members, £75 for non-members. Please note that it is possible to book for one, two or all three courses, depending on your level of experience; payment is via our 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.

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