ICS Introduction To Choral Singing Course

27 April to 8 June 2010

Thinking of joining a choir but are either very rusty or have no experience of reading music? Well,  now help is at hand as Islington Choral Society, in association with BBC Making Music, has come up with a course to teach the essentials of reading music. The course will be a great introduction to all you need to know to get you going and reading music to sing with confidence in a choir.

Over the course of six weekly hour long sessions we’ll cover:

  • How to find your way round a choir score.
  • Basic vocabulary – bar numbers, systems, staves etc.
  • What are bars? What are time signatures? Keys?
  • How do these words fit these notes?
  • What are rhythm and pitch and how do I know when and what to sing (and when not to!)?
  • How do I ‘follow’ the conductor – what do all his/her arm movements signify?
  • What are sopranos, altos, tenors and basses and how do I know which part I’m going to sing?
  • Where will I sit?

The answers to all these questions, and more, will be revealed by JONATHAN RATHBONE – a hugely experienced conductor, teacher who, among many other accomplishments, once ran the world-famous Swingle Singers. He promises the course will informative but friendly and is absolutely aimed not at experts or improvers but COMPLETE BEGINNERS who’ve either not given Choir Singing or would just like to know more now that they have.

Jonathan Rathbone

Where: Christ Church (Highbury Barn)
155 Highbury Grove
N5 1SA

When: Tuesday Nights from 6pm to 7pm from 27th of April till the 8th of June

Cost £30 for complete course (no individual sessions – sorry), including teaching materials.

Please prebook by sending an email to tufnellparkroad@mac.com

There will a sign-up time from 5.30 on the 27th of April but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information please contact Paul Dornan on 07788 107 163.

Places are filling up fast so book early if you want to come!



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