Kodály Summer School

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Matt Brewster Summer School

Wednesday 16th – Friday 25th August 2017 (10 days)
The 35th International Kodály Summer School

Telford Campus of the University of Wolverhampton, Telford, TF2 9NN

BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED – Click here for details of Fees and Booking.

Venue details and directions (Telford, TF2 9NN)
Accommodation Details

Click here for the Full Timetable (v7 updated 20th July 2017).
Certificate Course Level 1 Timetable
Certificate Course Level 2 Timetable

The BKA’s flagship residential course is running for its 35th year, with an exciting 10-day programme to honour the 50th anniversary of the death of Zoltán Kodály and to celebrate 50 years of the Kodály approach in the UK.
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We are pleased to welcome a truly international team of renowned tutors from

Mixed and Female Choirs will have the opportunity to rehearse extended choral works. We will also be running a Chamber Choir and a Foundation Choir.

As ever, musicianship will be at the core of the daily programme with the addition of Musicianship in Choir. For general course students, methodology workshops will be led by Bori Szirányi, Gerard Klaassens and Lucinda Geoghegan with the option of a choral music workshop directed by Sarolta Platthy and Esther Hargittai.

We have a full timetable of afternoon workshops; guest presenters include Jacqueline Vann (Dalcroze), Claire McCue (Mindful Movement), Sue Hollingworth (Choral), Paul Wilson (Folk Music) and Ken Burton (Choral).

As part of our programme of evening events we are delighted to welcome Ken Burton directing The London Adventist Chorale and Ralph Allwood who will lead a session on Elgar’s part-songs. There will be dance workshops with Nicola Gaines (Playford Dance) and Rhys and Owain Boorman (Cotswold Morris).

Certification LogoAlongside the general course, for those who would like accredited certification as teachers using the Kodály approach, we will be running the Certificate Course, Level 1 (Early Childhood – Claire McCue and Ben Lawrence, Primary – Sally Leeming, Secondary – Alan Murdock, Instrumental – Miranda Zwalf) and an inaugural Level 2 (Primary) course which will be taught by Bori Szirányi. For further information about these courses please see the relevant section of the website.

We hope that you will be as excited as we are by this celebratory extended course. To spread the cost, fees can be paid in instalments.

Click here to watch our Kodály Summer School Video.

Core Morning Activities

Choral singing is central to the Kodály approach, and all students, including the Certificate Course candidates, are expected to take part. The choral sessions will take place daily under the direction of our expert tutors:

Mixed-voice choir: Árpád Tóth
Female-voice choir: Sarolta Platthy
Chamber Choir: Esther Hargittai / László Nemes
Foundation Choir: Alan Murdock

Each session will include warm-up techniques and will provide a memorable choral experience.

Musicianship with Relative Solfa:
Tuesday - David Vinden's Level 7-8 Musicianship GroupThere will be musicianship tuition daily for all Summer School participants. The aim of this core subject is to develop musical literacy, encompassing essential attributes of musicianship such as fluent reading and singing with good intonation, inner hearing, aural perception, polyphonic and harmonic hearing, leading to an understanding of form and an appreciation of style. This is achieved through the use of relative solfa, one of the main tools of the Kodály Concept.Matt Musicianship

All levels will be catered for from complete beginners to the musically advanced.
A musical information form will be sent out on receipt of application and every effort will be made to ensure that students are placed in the level which is most suitable for their stage of development.
Musicianship will be taught by experienced British and Hungarian tutors.

Musicianship in Choir
These sessions will focus on how to use musicianship techniques and understanding in the context of choir training. Students may choose from Primary, Secondary, Community or SATB choir options. Students who are not choir trainers will act as the “choir” for the conductors, thus gaining more musicianship training in a different context from the general musicianship classes.

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Methodology Workshops
Workshops will be run by Bori Szirányi, Lucinda Geoghegan and Gerard Klaassens.

Bori Szirányi
In her methodology sessions Bori will focus on:

  • How movements and gestures can be used in the Kodály approach to develop different musical skills (e.g. rhythm, metre, form, pitch, music appreciation etc.)
  • How to develop the skill of sight-reading at an elementary level

Gerard Klaassens
Gerard will teach two Methodology Workshops (August 17th and 18th, repeated on the following two days). The first will focus on working with classical music in Primary Education, using movement and singing to explore the repertoire. The second workshop will work with multicultural songs: singing, playing and moving with songs, rounds and easy two- and three-part songs from the whole world.

Lucinda Geoghegan
Lucinda’s four Methodology workshops will cover

  1. Inspiring the older beginner
  2. Pre-literacy: Rhythm
  3. Pre-literacy: Pitch
  4. Developing literacy skills.

Choral Music Workshop
During the first week, the Choral Music Workshop will be led by Sarolta Platthy who will focus on an overview of the choruses in Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas. In week two, Esther Hargittai will look at many different aspects of choruses chosen from several operas e.g. the musical and dramatic role of the chorus, the use of different voices (mixed, male, female, children’s) etc. Both tutors will include “lots of singing” and will compare different approaches and styles through listening to and watching short operatic excepts.

Afternoon Workshops
We have a full timetable of afternoon workshops; guest presenters include Jacqueline Vann (Dalcroze), Claire McCue (Mindful Movement), Sue Hollingworth (Choral), Paul Wilson (Folk Music) and Ken Burton (Choral).

In his usual inimitable style, Allan Wright will present a vocal workshop on “Flips, cracks and breaks: smoothing out unwanted transitions in the voice” and we are delighted that Orsolya Szabó will share her inspirational teaching in an open lesson. If you interested in performing for the open lesson please contact the Summer School administrator, Nicky Woods (summerschool@kodaly.org.uk)

Lucinda Geoghegan will lead two Singing Games sessions during the second week.

Sue Hollingworth will lead a practical session, singing repertoire suitable for children and youth choirs of all abilities, trying various performance ideas and discussing levels of difficulty.

Paul Wilson will present two talks on Thursday 17th August entitled “Mother Tongues and Other Tongues – Singing Songs In Foreign Languages” and “Centuries of Song – A romp through the timeline of English Folk Song“.

Dr-Orsolya-SzaboIndividual Singing and Piano Lessons (optional extra):
Individual singing lessons with Allan Wright or Florent Isoard and piano lessons and/or chamber music coaching with Dr Orsolya Szabó are offered in rotation throughout each day.
There is a supplement for these lessons and they will be offered subject to availability.
Timetabling singing lessons for Certificate Course students will be limited as these will be at fixed times each day; not during class time.
Some rooms for individual practice will be available during the preparation time and in the evening.

Evening Events

As part of our programme of evening events we are delighted to welcome Ken Burton directing The London Adventist Chorale and Ralph Allwood who will lead a session on Elgar’s part-songs. There will be dance workshops with Nicola Gaines (Playford Dance) and Rhys and Owain Boorman (Cotswold Morris).

Click here for details of Fees and Booking.

Grants for ESTA members
If you are a member of ESTA (European String Teachers’ Association), grants are available towards the cost of the BKA Summer School and other BKA courses. Please apply at http://www.estabursary.org.uk

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This concert is one of many exciting developments planned for the BKA in 2017 but our ambitious programme for the year needs extra funds to cover the costs. Can you help with a donation? Click here to donate, and help share Kodály’s vision by supporting us. We welcome every contribution, big or small.