Choral training

CME 2017 Choral Music Experience

Choral Teacher Education. On Wednesday 15th November we held the first of three training days for our London Based CME course. 20 delegates signed up, many of whom were returning to deepen practice, but we also had a good number of new attendees. Jane Wheeler and David Lawrence took delegates through the course outline, ‘Circle of Sound’ voice work, and introduced the repertoire and techniques for score study. The repertoire focus for this year included Laudamus Te by Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Doreen Rao; I Hate MusicA Cycle of Five Kids Songs by Leonard Bernstein, Arr. Robert Page; Odi Odi, a Tamil folk song, arr. Stephen Hatfield; Seoithin Seo, Irish Lullaby, arr. Rosaleen Malloy; and Imbakwa, Tanzanian influenced song by Jim Papoulis. NewYVC will be the ‘choir in residence’ on the next course day, which is Saturday 6th January 2018.

CME 2017-18

By popular demand, the CME choral conducting course, East London, will run again for the fifth year. Framed within an enjoyable, connecting learning environment, the course offers conducting and vocal technique classes, demonstration choir, rehearsal pedagogy, comprehensive musical study, score marking and analysis, conducting Master Class option, a package of wide ranging choral music and CME certification. Again this will be led by a world class team including David Lawrence, Jane Wheeler and Mandy Miller.

The Course will take place on three separate dates as follows: 1. Weds 15th Nov ’17, 10.00am – 5.30pm, 2. Sat 6th Jan ’18, 10.00am – 5.30pm, 3. Sat 17th Feb ’18, 10.00am – 5.30pm. The course is designed to cater for levels 1, 2, 3 and 3+ determined by annual participation. Artist Teacher Certification is by application after successful completion of Level 3 and requires recommendation of Institute Faculty.

For more information contact Jane Wheeler. Download the flyer (PDF) and booking form (Word .doc).

World Of Song, Bromley Youth Music Trust

Living Song is leading on the World Of Song with an SEN focus for the Bromley Youth Music Trust this year. The musical director, plus a number of young artists from the NewYVC Unite programme will teach on a series of teacher trainings and school based and cluster rehearsals, culminating in a performance in early July 2017.

CME 2015-16

CME Institute logoThe CME East London 2015-16 choral teaching course has come to a close. 18 teachers achieved their level 1, 2 or 3 certification and 4 more are due to complete after one more day of participation. We also celebrated one certification at Artist Teacher level.

Dr. Doreen Rao led the fourth and final day, with Simon Werner and Jane Wheeler, contextualising the course into the bigger picture. During much practical work, delegates were reminded of the importance of choosing really great music for young singers and choirs, preparing the music and rehearsals in depth and with care, developing experientially oriented teaching techniques and nonverbal rehearsal methods and demonstrating performance practices that ‘embody the skills of adaptability, cooperation and respect’ in our ever changing world. Watch this space for the next course, beginning in November 2016.

A few quotes from delegates this year…

“As a first time delegate I have gained so much, not only as a conductor and leader but as a singer.”

“Keep going – this programme transforms lives.”

“An enjoyable experience where I have been stretched and challenged to improve my conducting technique and choral rehearsal processes.”

“It will influence my leading monumentally, especially the quality of listening.”

“It has been such a journey that has enabled me to grow.”

“It is so great that this course gives equally to the beginner and the most experienced musician and teacher. I always learn something new about theory or practice and I highly value this. For me this was the perfect progression from last year’s Level 1.”

CME Choral Music Experience: Singing, Conducting & Teaching Choirs.

CME Choral 2015-16 FlyerThere are still places on this inspirational East London-based CME (Choral Music Experience) course for choral conductors and teachers. No cover costs to your school. Light lunch and refreshments included! Contact us, or simply complete the CME 2015-16 Booking Form and email to

Download CME 2015-16 flyer.

CME Choral Conducting 2015-16

An intensive course on four Saturdays from 10 – 4pm during Oct 2015 – Feb 2016 offering internationally recognised certification and pathways in voice, choral pedagogy and conducting with members of the UK faculty, including: Mandy Miller, Simon Werner and Jane Wheeler. Read more »

CME London Choral Conducting Course 2014-15 with Doreen Rao, Simon Werner and Jane Wheeler

CME London Flyer 2014-15We are proud to announce that the CME London course has now become embedded into the UK wide Choral Music Experience (CME) programme for teachers and choral conductors, alongside Ireland and Scotland. This course promotes a studied and dynamic understanding of the repertoire, confident, expressive and skilful conducting, and non-verbal choral pedagogy used in a reflective and collaborative style. For information on current CME Institutes, go to
Please click here to download the flyer (PDF) and the application form (Word) for the London course, based at Stratford Circus this year.
Feel free to pass on to any of your colleagues and please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information, or with your application.

CME opening session with Doreen Rao, Saturday 8th November 2014

On Saturday 8th November, Dr. Doreen Rao led the first of 4 Saturday trainings for the CME Choral Conducting course hosted by Living Song at Stratford Circus. 26 teachers, vocal leaders, choir directors and artists were introduced to This repertoire-based course and workshop including cutting edge instruction in voice education, score preparation and musical analysis, conducting, program and rehearsal planning, choral pedagogy and performance practice. The professional development curriculum is distinguished by Doreen Rao’s performance approach to music education. It is rooted in the practice of awareness (mindfulness), the development of cultural sensitivity, and an exploration of socially engaged musicianship. Read more »

World Voice programme, British Council

From Barranquilla, ColombiaJane Wheeler of Living Song is proud to be a vocal leader on the World Voice programme. This is is a musical cultural exchange focusing on a mode of expression that children from all backgrounds and cultures are familiar with and enjoy – song. The project involves highly-skilled vocal leaders working with teachers and pupils to offer a unique and lively range of approaches and techniques to deliver singing, which it is hoped will inspire them to use song throughout the school day. The visits are complemented by British Council engagement with key stakeholders in each country, lobbying for recognition of the power and value of singing as a core part of every child’s education. Read more »