Early career researchers at Fitz take part in innovative choral conducting workshop designed to develop critical academic skills.
On 21 January, 10 early career researchers at Fitzwilliam College in subjects ranging from the biomedical sciences to modern languages took part in an innovative workshop designed to develop critical academic skills through a novel medium: choral conducting.
“Conducting is fundamentally about connecting and communicating with groups of people” said Katharine Parton, the College’s Director of Music, who led the workshop, the first of its kind in Cambridge. “I wanted to use choral conducting as a way to work on presentation, communication and group management skills without the barrier or support of expertise.”
Combining Cambridge’s vibrant choral tradition with the opportunity to develop new skills and techniques for presentation, communication and group management, the workshop took researchers with no musical or conducting experience all the way to conducting four-part harmony.
Dr Emily Lees, a paediatrician currently studying for a PhD in Immunology, commented: “the workshop was a fantastic experience – as well as having great fun learning a new skill, I will take a lot of the techniques and confidence I developed whilst doing this and apply them to my own work.”