How to Improve your Choir is back!

Posted on January 9th, by Rebeka in Events, Training, YYM News. No Comments

This ever popular whole-day training course, led by renowned musical director and educator, Sue Hollingworth, will focus on how to get more from your choir, including:

– Improving the sound from your choir
– How to rehearse and teach a song to a choir
– Conducting skills
– How to choose songs for a choir
– How to prepare a choir for a performance
– The chance to practice your skills

Monday 10th June 2013
Northern Ballet (central Leeds)
£55 for the day including lunch and refreshments (also includes booking fee)

The day is completely inclusive and suitable for all levels of experience.
It is well suited to teachers, TAs and practitioners who either already lead a choir, or are looking to start or develop one.

For more information, please e mail Rebeka at or to book, please visit

Sue Hollingworth is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she studied voice. Sue divides her time between her work as a Choral Director and Music Educator. In 1990 she was awarded aChurchill Fellowship for her work with choirs. In 2010, she was awarded “Choir Master of the Year” by the Gramophone Magazine. This is a community music award, given to those who have made the greatest impact in their singing communities.

As well as being the Conductor of Sine Nomine International Touring Choir, Susan is Musical Director of Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir. This open access choir won the overall title of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2008. They took part in the BBC Proms in September 2009 singing Handel’s Messiah and received rave reviews. In 2000 they travelled to Sydney to take part in the Olympic Torch Processions; they sang at the opening night celebrations of the Millennium Dome and at the first Holocaust Memorial Service at Westminster. The Choir was chosen to make a BBC programme called “Take a Bow” about interesting activities children do after school and was the subject of a documentary on Radio 4.

Susan’s Music Education work includes workshops for Making Music, 20,000 Voices based in Northumberland, Sing for Pleasure and Youth Music. She has conducted Noye’s Fludde at the Three Choirs Festival and has created and conducted children’s concerts at the York Early Music Festival. She has also conducted the Minster Minstrels Vocal Ensemble for the National Centre of Early Music. With this organisation, she conducted 550 York school children at the Schools Proms to celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Henry Purcell. In December 2009, BBC Radio 3 invited her to lead performances of the Hallelujah Chorus in Glasgow and London, with participants who were new to singing and who were encouraged to join a choir. For the BBC, she also conducted an afternoon Family Prom in the Albert Hall, sharing the direction with Julia Regan, a former member of the Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir. She has also adjudicated for BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, Coleraine, Elgin and Don Valley festivals.

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