Choirleaders’ Weekend

9–11 Nov 2018 / Oxfordshire


Date: 9–11 Nov 2018

Cost: Single room £320, shared room £290, all meals included. Non-residential £200.

Details: Friday evening until 4.30pm Sunday

Location: Sutton Courtenay Abbey



Run by: Stephen Taberner

Further information:

Stephen Taberner is offering a weekend workshop which will explore the grand themes and gnarly minutiae of choirleading. We will be working within the beautiful confines of the Sutton Courtenay Abbey, which, alongside its lovely surroundings and stunning main hall, provides a number of shared or single accommodation options and delicious vegetarian food (which we’ve all been dreaming about since last year).


Stephen says:

“Particular areas of interest will be the finer points of arranging for mixed voices, how to get a great sound from a choir, and what it means to conduct. We will also consider the mysteries of group leadership and the ways in which the human emotiono-musico landscape is curiously contagious and susceptible to many influences, both good and bad. The extended format will enable us to explore these areas with much greater expansiveness than previously possible…


Previous experience has shown that the most satisfying methodology is to actually do things, rather than talk about them, so there will be a strong emphasis on THAT. Accordingly, it will be possible for there to be a limited number of ‘guinea pigs’ who are not necessarily aspiring towards leadership. Please state this clearly in your booking.”


Stephen has been leading choirs and workshops for 24 years in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, amongst other places. He is largely self taught, but has been inspired by mentoring from Linda Wise (Pantheatre), Jo Estill, Ysaye Marie Barnwell (Sweet Honey In The Rock), Reinhardt Flatischler and Bobby McFerrin.


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