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Not just an accompanist!

Continuing our series of videos recorded at the 2019 Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release Rachel Fuller’s presentation Not just an accompanist! in which she explores the art of the collaborative pianist.

Rachel studied piano at the University of Canterbury with Diedre Irons and went on to gain her Masters in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music in London. An experienced vocal accompanist, répétiteur and coach, Rachel has worked at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at Opera Kristiansund and Opera Nordfjord in Norway, and has accompanied some of the world’s finest singers. She is Co-Principal of the New Zealand Singing School and teaches collaborative piano at the University of Auckland, where she is also Coordinator of Piano.

In her presentation, Rachel identifies the skills required of a good collaborative pianist and how choral conductors and singers can work best with their collaborator.

A short clip from Rachel’s video is below. The full one-hour video is on the ACD Video Channel, accessible to current ACD members via login and password. Directors of a Big Sing or Kids Sing choir have automatic ACD membership for the year in which they take part in TBS or TKS.

Other titles on our ACD Video Channel are:

  • A Kodály-inspired approach to developing musical literacy – Megan Flint
  • Efficient and engaging rehearsal strategies for the community choir – Brent Stewart
  • The Ictus – the conductor’s point of contact – Karen Grylls
  • Voice matching and singer placement in choirs – David Squire
  • Are you really singing? Achieving the correct resonance with children’s voices – Megan Flint

We’ll be releasing further videos from Choral Connect ’19 over the next few months.

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