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Head of Choral Conducting Patrick Russill MA, Hon RAM, Hon FRCO, Hon FGCM Organ Scholar at New College, Oxford, studying with David Lumsden and Nicholas Danby. Director of Music at the London Oratory since 1999. He has conducted in Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and Asia as well as the UK. Work as a choir trainer on DG Archiv, Hyperion, Herald and EMI labels. Musical Editor of


‘The Catholic Hymn Book‘ (1998). Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting, Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Chief Examiner (Organ and Choral Direction), Royal College of Organists.


The Academy’s distinctive postgraduate Choral Conducting course has been developed from its pioneering Church Music programme. Established in 1997, the two-year course embraces a comprehensive range of sacred music for concert and service plus selected secular repertoire, culminating in the award of an MMus or MA. Choral Conducting is offered at undergraduate level as an optional choir-training class, not as a Principal Study.


The modern British choral tradition (both English and Latin) is taken as the practical and stylistic basis for exploration of a broad sweep of European sacred repertoire, related secular music and historically informed performance practices.


Studies include conducting and rehearsal techniques, repertoire, performance practice and interpretation, editing, and vocal technique. These are complemented by contextual studies which examine the repertoire (chant, chorale and hymn, as well as art-music) and its relationship to the liturgy.


Students observe and work with a variety of choral groups, taking advantage of the outstandingly diverse range of opportunities that London offers. There are opportunities to work with members of the Academy’s Chamber Choir, and the course has close working relationships with the BBC Singers, the Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London and the adult professional and children’s choirs of the London Oratory.


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9th January 2012.


Entrance auditions will be held in early February 2012. Auditions take place in London only. You will rehearse a small unaccompanied choir in one specified Renaissance work and a later piece of your own choice. You will be required to sight-sing and aural ability will be tested. Keyboard skills are not required. For detailed audition requirements please see www.ram.ac.uk/choralconducting or contact the Registry.


The Teachers Paul Brough MA, ARAM (Baton Technique)


Julie Kennard BA, ARCM, Hon ARAM (Vocal Technique)


Alex Ashworth MA, DipRAM, PGDip, LRAM, ARAM (Vocal Technique)


David Pettit MA, BMus, FRCO, Hon ARAM (Aural Skills) Patrick Russill MA, Hon RAM, Hon FRCO, Hon FGCM (Head of Choral Conducting)


Jeremy Summerly MA, MMus, Hon RAM


Visiting Professor Professor Roland Börger Hon ARAM (Head of Choral Conducting, Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater)


Consultants David Hill Hon DMus, MA, Hon RAM, FRCO, Hon FGCM James O’Donnell MA, FRCO, Hon RAM, KCSG


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2010–2011 Highlights Masterclasses with members of the Academy Chamber Choir taken by David Hill (BBC Singers and The Bach Choir), Ben Parry (London Voices), Roland Börger (Leipzig Hochschule), Paul Brough and Jeremy Summerly Week-long programme of classes and seminars on major works from the German tradition with Visiting Professor Roland Börger Departmental visit to Leipzig observing the Thomanerchor Leipzig, the Gewandhaus Choir, the MDR Chor and the Choral Conducting department of the Leipzig Hochschule A week’s residency at Neresheim Abbey in southern Germany together with the Academy Chamber Choir and organ students, including liturgical services, concert and a BBC broadcast Evensong for Candlemas at HM Chapel Royal St James’s Palace, sung, played and conducted by students in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester A day’s masterclass with the BBC Singers and David Hill (pictured above right) A masterclass on Byrd’s ‘Great’ Service with the Cardinall’s Musick and Andrew Carwood


Recent students include


Matthew Berry (2002) Conductor, Commotio: Naxos recording artists


Steven Fox (2003) Artistic Director, Clarion Music Society, New York; Director Musica Antiqua St Petersburg, Russia


Stefan Vanselow (2004) First Prize, Riga Choral Conducting Competition 2005; Director, Cantamus Dresden


Esther Jones (2007) Director, Brighton Festival Youth Choir; Associate Director, National Youth Choir of Great Britain


Samuel Rathbone (2009) Assistant Director of Music, Rochester Cathedral


David Stevens (2009) Assistant Organist, Newcastle Cathedral


Greg Hallam (2010) Conductor, Swansea Bach Choir


Telephone 020 7873 7331 Email choral.conducting@ram.ac.uk Open Day: please contact us for an individual appointment


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