Leading School Choirs


Do you have a school choir? Or are you setting one up for the first time?
Would you like new ideas and skills to help develop the choir?
Are you passionate about children having access to high quality music making?

The Hallé invites teachers and vocal leaders to their two acclaimed training courses. Both courses will run throughout 2018-19, avoiding the busiest times of the school year:

  • Course A is for those who are newly qualified or new to running a children’s choir
  • Course B is for those who have some experience of running a children’s choir and are looking to further develop their skills

Both courses will be run by leading children’s choir specialist, Shirley Court.

Who is this for?

  • Teachers or vocal leaders who are passionate about continuing to improve the quality of singing within their school. They must have a choir (even if it is a new one), predominately made up of Key Stage 2 pupils and be able to read music to a very basic level

What will this programme achieve?

  • Improved choral singing and musicianship in schools with confident teachers who are able to teach singing in schools to a high quality
  • A supportive network of teachers/vocal leaders who can share resources, issues and good practice

What will Trainees do?

  • Attend twilight sessions throughout the year (approx. once a month)
  • Course B only: Bring their own children’s choir to attend a masterclass at a high school (details tbc) in March 2019. Choir Leaders will work with Shirley Court on repertoire that has been chosen, discussed and prepared in twilight sessions
  • Take part in a celebration workshop and performance at The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at Manchester University in June 2019 for all choir leaders and choirs taking part in the programme

What is required?

Those interested in taking part in this programme must submit a completed online application form (see below). The deadline for applications is Monday 24 September 2018.

When accepted, all participants must sign a contract, supported by their Headteacher/Head of Service to agree to:

  • take part in all activities associated with the course
  • Course A: Beginners:
    • contribute the cost of transport and supervision for the school choir to attend one workshop and performance day in June 2019 (see below) and £75 towards the cost of the course
  • Course B: Advanced:
    • contribute the cost of transport and supervision for the school choir to attend one masterclass day in March 2019 and one performance day in June 2019 (see below) and £100 towards the cost of the course

Apply Now

To apply, please complete the application form below.

Leading School Choirs 2018-19 application form


Course A: Beginners

Session 1 (joint) 9 October 2018 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 2 (joint) 7 November 2018 5pm – 8pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 3 15 January 2019 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 4 12 March 2019 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 5 30 April 2019 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Workshop Day 18 June 2019 10am – 2pm Martin Harris Centre

Course B: Advanced

Session 1 (joint) 9 October 2018 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 2 (joint) 7 November 2018 5pm – 8pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 3 4 December 2018 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 4 16 January 2019 5pm – 8pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Session 5 12 February 2019 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Masterclass (half the group) 12 March 2019 10am – 2pm Venue TBC
Masterclass (half the group) 19 March 2019 10am – 2pm Venue TBC
Session 6 21 May 2019 5pm – 7pm Hallé at St Michael’s
Performance Day 25 June 2019 10am – 2pm Martin Harris Centre

Contact

For more information please contact Jo Pink at jo.pink@halle.co.uk or call 0161 907 9093 or 07531 705 835.


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