With his experience of devising and directing workshops for choirs, and his understanding of what tends to work and what doesn’t, Nick Houghton is a great choice for leading your choral workshop.
“I loved the programme and thought your management of the choir was a lesson in musical directorship…”
The following format is tried and tested:
- 2-hour session in the morning
- 12.30 – 2pm Lunch break
- 2-hour session in the afternoon
Short tea break, followed by
- Informal performance of the day’s work
Workshops can be a means of exploring new material completely unrelated to your choir’s concert programme, or trying music for a future season.
Nick’s choral workshops are based around a theme or a popular piece. The emphasis is on enjoying and getting to know new work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Most importantly, participants have the chance to do plenty of singing – with the aim of finishing the day exhilarated rather than exhausted!
“It seems to me that the success of these day-long workshops depends very much on the manner of the conductor towards the group. And yours is relaxed, encouraging and generally looking for the positive – it keeps everyone happy and it brings out the best in us all”
In recent years, Nick has run workshops on music by Taverner & Tavener, Haydn Masses, Bach Motets, and even Tallis: Spem in alium (that took some organising!). But he is happy to lead workshops on (almost) any choice you have.