There are a number of options for beginners.
Beginners' one-day courses
The day usually concentrates on some very simple music (such as Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) so that students can focus on beating patterns, clarity and confidence. Stopping, starting, pauses, basic expressiveness and other elements can be brought in as appropriate.
We normally have a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 10 for this type of course.
We strongly recommend that people with very little conducting experience should take a Beginners' Day course before attending a Weekend Workshop.
If no date for a Beginners' Day is displayed at the top of this page, please contact us to find out when the next one is due to take place.
If you wish to make a booking to attend please click on the "Book a Place" button below.
Athough we do recommend that beginners should take part in a Beginners' Day before attending a longer course, we have had several students new to conducting or with very little experience taking part in the weekend workshops. They can easily be accommodated, as Michael is very skilled at working with the student at their own level. We always programme at least one fairly 'easy' work which a beginner can handle. If you are a beginner who would like to attend a weekend course, you are welcome to contact us to discuss your needs. You can also attend as an observer, at a lower fee, meaning you do not take active part (except perhaps to play in the ensemble), though you would be offered the chance to 'have a go' in the final session.
Many of our students have started by having one or two individual sessions with Michael, often in advance of a weekend workshop or a study day. These session can of course be tailored exactly to your needs and can last for anything from an hour upwards. For booking and discussing cost, please contact us by phone or e-mail.