Convention Conducting Masterclasses

Once again we are delighted to offer hands-on advice for conductors at Convention. Each session provides the opportunity for up to three conductors receiving 15-20 minutes’ individual tuition, along with observer delegates. A repertoire list will be made available to successful applicants.

If you would like to be considered for a conducting place on any of these masterclass sessions, please click here to download an application form and return it to Rachel Greaves.

For conductors wanting experience conducting an orchestra
Saturday 25 August from 10.30am

A rare opportunity to conduct a choir and orchestra in a workshop setting, led by Opera North’s Chorus Master, Oliver Rundell, with members of local Leeds orchestras and choirs. In association with Making Music. Orchestral conductors can also book separately for Making Music’s full day workshop – click here for further details. This is a double session, with up to six conducting places available. Repertoire:

  • Movements from Handel Messiah. Any of the first five movements. Parts will be the OUP edition, scores Novello, Watkins Shaw.
  • Movements from Fauré Requiem (any). Parts and vocal scores will be the OUP edition.

For conductors working with young voices
Saturday 25 August at 4.30pm

With Susan Hollingworth and a choir of young singers in Years 7-13 from the Diocese of Leeds Singing Programme.

A wonderful chance to get first-hand tips from one of the UK’s most experienced leader of young singers.

For conductors working with SATB choirs
Sunday 26 August at 12pm

With Frances Cooke and singers from local Leeds choirs

Tips and hints from the Associate Director of the Hallé Choir. This session has been designed to replicate the sort of rehearsal that most conductors of adult choirs take on a weekly basis and designed to give help with everyday problems of ensemble, tuning and balance. Around 30 local singers will be taking part. Repertoire list:

  • Britten: The evening primrose
  • Bruckner: Locus iste
  • Bruckner: Christus factus est
  • Elgar: As torrents in summer
  • Farmer: Fair Phyllis
  • Finzi: My spirit sang all day
  • Palestrina: Sicut cervus
  • Pearsall: Lay a garland
  • Stanford: Heraclitus
  • Vautor: Sweet Suffolk owl
  • Wilbye: Draw on sweet night