Summer Conducting Programme 2016

14 – 18 August 2016

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Soak up 1000 years of history in Voces Academy’s 7th Annual Summer Conducting Programme, 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. This practical-based programme 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.


Sun 14 Aug
15.00 – 19.00 Arrival and Masterclass Day 1

Mon 15 Aug
10.00 – 18.00 Masterclass Day 2

Tues 16 Aug
Leadership Workshop, Young Global Leaders
Saïd Business School, Oxford

Wed 17 Aug
10.00 – 18.00 Masterclass Day 3

Thurs 18 Aug
10.00-12.00 Final Masterclass Session
13.00-15.30 Final Rehearsal
16.00-17.00 Closing Performance


Worcester Cathedral, Quire
Elgar School of Music

Masterclass sessions taking place in the Cathedral Quire 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.


Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, C-major
Psalm 43 (Richte Mich Gott), Op. 78, No. 2

Bach, J.S
– Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229

Super Flumina Babylonis a 4
Magnus Sanctus Paulus a 4

How Calmly the Evening

– Libera Me
– Ave Maris Stella

– Three Sacred Hymns (1984)

Participants are responsible for sourcing their own copies of the scores.


Full – £395
Student – £355
Observer – £150

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


Accommodation for four nights (Sun 14 – Wed 17) is available at the University of Worcester, City Campus recently renovated halls of residence and consists of a single room with ensuite bathroom facilities.

£160 per person including 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 Requirements

  • CV
  • Links to a video sample of you conducting a recent performance or rehearsal

Application by Monday 11th July 2016

Please complete the online Application Form

A £25 application fee/deposit is payable on application.  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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