A masterclass for conductors and choral singers with James Jordan and The Westminster Williamson Voices
"There's no such thing as a rehearsal! Singers have the unique privilege of expressing text and should do so every time a phrase is sung."
— Simon Carrington
Simon Carrington spent 25 years with The King's Singers, the internationally acclaimed choral ensemble celebrated throughout the world for achieving the highest levels of excellence in singing. Now he brings his wealth of experience as a choral conductor to the mechanics of directing vocal ensembles in this phenomenal DVD.
Carrington's overriding passion for engaging every singer in the ensemble is revealed in detail as visionary choral educator James Jordan gives Carrington the reins of The Westminster Williamson Voices of Rider University's Westminster Choir College.
Sit with the ensemble and observe as Carrington takes these highly trained singers through:
• Two complete choral warm-ups
• Exercises for ear development via the warm-up
• Rehearsal procedures for Renaissance music
• Rehearsal procedures for Romantic music
• Essentials of choral diction
• Techniques for improving choral intonation
• Achieving subtlety of text nuance
• Balancing suspensions
• Achieving choral balance within the ensemble
• Listening techniques for choirs
Always inspirational, Carrington is both kind and demanding as he navigates the challenges contained in the journey of any choral score.
The DVD comes with a detailed printed outline of the content as well as a discussion between Simon Carrington and James Jordan regarding choral rehearsal procedure. Whether used for private study by conductors or for viewing by choral ensembles to deepen their understanding of the choral rehearsal process, Simon Carrington's The Empowered Choral Rehearsal will show you how to empower your rehearsals—and your singers.