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ECE Conducting Course
20 – 28 July 2019
A course for advanced and intermediate conducting students.

Gain generous ‘podium’ time, performance experience and tuition from Paul Spicer and other acclaimed tutors.

ECE Conducting course
20 – 28 July 2019

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Now in its fourth year, the English Choral Experience (ECE) Conducting Course allows choral conductors the opportunity to enhance their skills and develop how they work with singers.

Up to 10 emerging conductors – including two Advanced Conductors, comprising an SATB consort called ECE Scholars – will have the opportunity to work with conductor Paul Spicer in the idyllic surroundings of Abbey Dore (built 1147), Herefordshire. Each participant will receive generous ‘podium’ time, performance experience, and tuition from Paul and other tutors in a collaborative workshop environment. Conductors will:

The course is an intense week, and participants will be immersed in both conducting activity and singing! While you should come prepared to work full days, the course has a strongly supportive, encouraging atmosphere.

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Financial aid

In 2017, a total of £2,240 in scholarships and bursaries were awarded; in 2018, the amount was £2,550. While these figures will vary from year to year, a priority of the course is to work to prevent financial hardship from prohibiting a promising participant.

Important Dates


Main Course Fee (including lunch and dinners): £420
Accommodation: £240 (£30/night)
ECE Conducting Course scores: £10.85

Salamone Rossi, Selections from Hymns & Canticles
Aaron Copland, Four Motets, I
Aaron Copland, Four Motets, IV
Leonard Bernstein, Almighty Father from Mass
Paul Schoenfield, Psalm 86 from Four Motets
Ernest Bloch, Silent Devotion from Avodath Hakodesh
Ya'akov Sagi , Sheva Tru'ot
Nurit Hirsch, arr. Arie Levanon, Ose Shalom

Additionally, you will require the music being rehearsed and performed by participants in the Abbey Dore Week course.

Eric Whitacre, Sainte Chapelle£3.00
Eric Wetherell, Two Sonnets
– How like a winter
– Let me not
Eric Wetherell, Longing£2.00
Benjamin Britten, Festival Te Deum£7.50
Gerald Finzi, Welcome sweet and sacred feast£5.50
Vaughan Williams, Serenade to Music£10.50
George Dyson, Agincourt£10.50
Course booklet, £3.50
Lennox Berkeley, Missa Brevis£4.50
Consort booklet, £2.00
Compline booklet, £2.00
Lennox Berkeley, Missa Brevis£4.50
Consort booklet, £2.00
Compline booklet, £2.00


Your application should consist of these four items:

  1. 1. A completed online application form (please note we will only accept applications completed through the website).
  2. A link to a YouTube video of 5 to 7 minutes’ length, which shows both your conducting ability and some singing. We must be able to see you in the video, and must hear you sing at least a phrase of music.