Summer Conducting Program 2017

15 – 19 August 2017

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Soak up 1000 years of history in Voces Academy’s 8th Annual Summer Conducting Program, taking place this year in the beautiful city of Worcester. Conductors are offered the opportunity to work intensively on a variety of a cappella choral works with internationally respected conductor, Peter Hanke, within the breathtaking Worcester Cathedral. The program will focus on conducting gesture and the exploration of the conductor’s role as an inspiring and effective leader. The masterclass will be joined by London-based chamber choir, Evoke.

Voces Academy is pleased to be collaborating with the Worcester Festival, Worcester Cathedral and the Elgar School of Music for this event.

Musical Leadership

The Voces Academy philosophy focuses on musical leadership just as much as on conducting techniques. Through mutual exploration of the conductor’s personal approach and inspirational abilities, an individualised map of how to develop great conducting emerges.

Peter’s teaching techniques emphasize that effective choral direction can communicate inspiration, express articulation and phrasing, and take a position on musical requirements in such a way that the ensemble members feel both free and in great demand. The methodology focuses on elements of leadership in rehearsal situations, conducting technique and on the conductor’s physical communication with the ensemble, where all movement can be musical expression.


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10.30 – 11.00 Arrival in Oxford
Young Global Leaders Workshop, Saïd Business School
Travel to Worcester

Wed 16 Aug
Masterclass Day 2
With local singers

Thurs 17 Aug
Masterclass Day 3
With local singers
Including opening demonstration/informal performance

Fri 18 Aug
Masterclass Day 4
With chamber choir, Evoke

Sat 19 Aug
Masterclass Day 5
With chamber choir, Evoke
Including final performance in Worcester Cathedral

Sun 20 Aug
Travel home


Worcester Cathedral
Elgar School of Music

Masterclass sessions will take place in Worcester Cathedral and the Elgar School of Music.  Sessions in the cathedral and the Closing Performance are part of the Worcester Festival and will be open to the public for observation.  Sessions in the Elgar School of Music are for participants only.

*Schedule may be subject to change.


Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus
Tallis, If Ye Love Me
Elgar, My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land
Elgar, As Torrents in Summer
Brahms, Waldesnacht
Brahms, Warum ist das Licht Gegeben
Verdi, Pater Noster
Vaughan Williams, Rest
Bardos, Cantemus (Editio Musica Budapest)
Rautavaara, Suite de Lorca (Ed. Walton)

Links have been provided for works that are out of copyright and participants should print their own copies. Participants are expected to purchase copies of the works that are still in copyright according to the editions specified.


Full – £350
Student – £275
Observer – £150

Prices include access to all masterclass sessions, conducting exercises and Summer Programme Dinner on Thurs 17th Aug.


Accommodation for five nights (Tues 15 – Sat 19) is available at the University of Worcester, City Campus halls of residence, consists of a single room with ensuite bathroom facilities and includes breakfast.

Principles for Admission

Voces Academy Conducting Programmes are designed for conductors with some years’ experience, post-graduate level or similar.  Up to 8 Active Conductors will be accepted on the course.

Application by Monday 26th June 2017

Please complete the online Application Form

A £40 application fee/deposit is payable on application.  Upon successful admittance, this is deducted from the participation fee and the remaining amount is due upon acceptance on the programme.

For further information, please contact Victoria Ely, Conductor // Producer:

+4478966 35323

Thanks to our partners and sponsors:

Elgar School of Music
Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Festival

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