Another great course!

10 students descended on Lewisham in SE London recently for a day learning the basics of conducting (the course is called Foundation 1).  They came from Ireland, Denmark, Bristol, Newmarket, and various bits of London.  As well as hailing from a variety of places they also were of a variety of ages, spanning roughly 17 - 80 years old!  Instruction followed on baton holding, how to beat common time patterns (2, 3 and 4), how to start and stop the music, how to get louder/softer or faster/slower, and how to give a legato or staccato feel.  With a potted history of conducting and the gruelling requirement to conduct the piano in a short piece in 2 and then in 3 completed a tiring but very rewarding day.  On and upwards to Foundation 2!