I am the Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors and continue to be a regular tutor on all levels of their national courses. I teach conducting at the request of Schools, Music Hubs, Universities, other music organisations, and from home.
I always place the students’ needs at the centre of my teaching and strive to encourage, inspire, motivate and challenge students in a safe and non-threatening environment. I have successfully led the Young Choral Conductors' course at the ABCD convention since 2006, where I have trained many emerging choral directors. I fervently believe in addressing all areas of choral leadership, from aural training and vocal skills through to rehearsal techniques and gesture, and am able to do this with gentle guidance, thoughtful advice and good humour.
“The students were being encouraged, cajoled, enthused and enlightened by someone in whom I immediately recognised the rare talent of an instinctive and gifted teacher – Amy Bebbington. Amy seemed to have that priceless ability to inculcate in her charges a feeling that they can do it. I had gone along mainly to observe the students but found myself captivated by Amy's combination of inspirational motivation and thorough professionalism."
Mike Sheppard, Composer
I have led conductor training for Queen's College, Cambridge, Choral Scholar's Programme, The Royal College of Organists, the Halle Youth Choir, the Association of Irish Choirs and The Sherborne International Summer Schools, Surrey Arts, the ISM and the Military Wives’ Association. I have mentored Directors with Amabile Girls’ Choir (Kendal), Soundbytes Choir (Ashtead) and Guildford Barbershop Chorus. I have also established my own successful Choral Conducting Masterclass series, which have taken place in Surrey, Durham and at the Jerwood Space, London.
For more information visit ABCD.org.uk or get in touch with me directly for private lessons, mentoring, school inset or enquiries about masterclasses.
“The workshop with Amy goes to the top of the list in terms of valuable CPD. Although I conduct many choirs, including at a national level, I have never really had any formal training and my conducting skills have developed and evolved over many years' experience. Amy's expert advice and calm guidance has really made me think about my conducting style and look again at my role in leading choirs. I have already started to put into practice some of the insights I gained from the workshop and am hoping to sign up to an ABCD course in the future.”
Rachel Smith Conductor
4th Choral Conducting Masterclass
Saturday 23rd June, 2018, Abinger Hammer Village Hall, nr. Dorking, Surrey
Generous podium time and a plethora of new and well-known works awaits those interested in signing up for this Intermediate-Advanced level masterclass. Amy, alongside her regular choir, Holmbury Choral Society, will host the day (10am - 4pm), which will cover the following repertoire: Cecilia McDowall's A Fancy of Folksongs, Sarah Deere-Jones' "Songs of the Seasons": Carmina Iocunda (receiving numerous premieres this year), Holst's Songs of the Rig Veda, and his folksongs: I love my love and Swansea Town, amongst others. Generous podium time will be on offer, covering topics such as posture, gesture, vocal technique and rehearsal techniques. Fee: £70 (abcd members), £80 (non-members), £25 observers. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Transfers to/from Dorking station are available. To book your please, please get in touch via the Contact page.
CHORAL CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS
Saturday 27th May, 2017, Brancepeth Castle, Durham
This event was a huge success with positive feedback from all involved. Due to demand, a further Masterclass took place on Sunday morning to accommodate those interested in taking part. In all, 14 conductors and 5 observers worked with Holmbury Choral Society and guests in the castle ballroom. Conductors received half an hour's podium time each with the choir. Repertoire was a varied mix including works from Mendelssohn's Elijah and by Gjeilo, Faure, Durufle, Lauridsen, Runestad, Copland and Seiber.
I'd just like to say how much I enjoyed the day. It was very well done. Great location, great music, much more than capable singers who love what they do, sociable company... Great day! It was great to meet you and to discover, unsurprisingly, that all I've read about you is true. You have a great approach to your teaching. You are enthusiastic, encouraging and gently persuasive in the way you obviously know what you want to say, what the conductor needs to engage with and how to get the best out of them. It was also obvious that you tailored your responses to each individual separately, trying to use what they already have as a basis for development rather than having a general, generic agenda.
John Dixon conductor