Sonoro, one of the UK’s newest and finest professional choirs, to hold choral conducting masterclass led by the choir’s co-artistic director and leading choral conductor, Neil Ferris

Classes are aimed at advanced choral conductors looking to further their expertise

Ferris will be joined by Michael Higgins, accompanist and co-artistic director of Sonoro; and vocal coach Joanna Tomlinson

On Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July 2018, Sonoro will present its first Choral Conducting Masterclass aimed at advanced conductors who wish to gain further technical expertise and knowledge led by Neil Ferris, one of the country’s leading teachers of choral conducting.

Held at St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico, London, the course offers places for eight participants who will each benefit from at least four sessions on the podium over the weekend.

Aimed at refining aspects of choral directing technique, the weekend also offers twenty conductors and singers the opportunity to come and observe the masterclasses either as members of the audience or singing participants.

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

The repertoire featured in the masterclasses includes: Edward Elgar’s The Music Makers, Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, Cecilia McDowall’s Regina coeli and Gabriel Jackson’s Justorum animae.

Neil Ferris, Co-Artistic Director of Sonoro, said: ‘Having loved working with young conductors when I was Director of Choral Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama I have been keen to look for an opportunity for aspiring conductors to get hands-on experience with outstanding professional singers in a supportive and productive learning environment. It is so important that conductors have the experience in discovering that their technique is a vehicle for their own musicianship and this can have the most nuanced and also profound effect on the singers they work with. Therefore, I am looking forward to working with some outstanding choral conductors for Sonoro’s conducting weekend in July. We are delighted that we have been able to offer this wonderful opportunity that culminates in a masterclass with members of the choir. It will be an invaluable experience for the participants and observers who wish to develop their expertise.’


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