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Transformative choral courses aimed at anyone interested in toning up their ensemble-singing skills, covering a range of musical abilities and experience, from student and community singers to experienced professionals. ¡TONE UP! is a new series of choral courses led by composer and conductor and William Byrd Fellow, Antony Pitts, the founder of TONUS PEREGRINUS and former Artistic Director of The Song Company, and his colleagues. These courses are aimed at anyone interested in toning up their ensemble-singing skills, covering a range of musical abilities and experience, from student and community singers to experienced professionals. Throughout 2023 we are commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Byrd with his magnificent vocal polyphony at the centre of our exploration of early manuscripts and modern editions.
Antony has over 30 years’ experience in choral directing, founding TONUS PEREGRINUS while at New College, Oxford, and leading The Song Company, Australia’s national vocal ensemble, as Artistic Director for seven years. He is skilled in inspiring confidence and bringing out the best in all he works with, nurturing singers’ development through community workshops and training programs for emerging artists. Amateur and professional singers alike can refine their skills through Antony’s intimate musical knowledge, unique approach to historically informed performance from original notation, and extensive performance and recording experience in diverse genres. Antony is the inaugural William Byrd Fellow at Excelsia College in Sydney.
“A truly unforgettable experience, both as to learning and enjoyment. Antony’s knowledge and experience stood out clearly, as did his patience. I would be happy to recommend the workshop and thoroughly enjoyed the company and the enthusiasm of everyone who took part.” (Bob Jordan, participant in the inaugural ¡TONE UP! in January 2023)