Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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2016  
   

Various dates

Take part in Choir of the Year Masterclasses!

 

Choral Masterclasses with the Association of British Choral Directors

Choir of the Year is delighted to team up with the Association of British Choral Directors on a new element to our Audition programme in 2016: a series of
Choral Masterclasses led by an experienced abcd tutor.

 

The masterclasses are an unmissable opportunity, open to all choirs not already taking part in the competition. Groups of any age and music style are welcome to apply.

The masterclasses programme is particularly suited to groups who would like some support and ideas to improve technically and build confidence. Tutors will be happy to offer help with specific topics identified by the music director in advance - such as conducting & rehearsal technique, vocal production, intonation, diction, presentation and style – or provide general feedback through working on prepared repertoire.

 

After the masterclass, choirs will be invited to stay on for a Choir of the Year audition session free of charge. This will be a chance to hear a variety of different choirs, listen to the judges’ feedback and take part in a massed choir vocal workshop.

 

Masterclass Dates and Venues
Masterclasses will take place alongside the Choir of the Year Auditions and involve a maximum of four choirs.

 

Sunday 13 March
Saturday 19 March
Sunday 10 April
Sunday 17 April
Sunday 24 April
Sunday 8 May
Sunday 22 May
Saturday 28 May
Saturday 11 June
Sunday 12 June
 

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16.00-18.30
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Leeds Town Hall
Warwick Arts Centre
Ulster Hall Belfast
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Sage Gateshead
Portsmouth Guildhall
Glasgow City Halls
Alban Arena, St Albans

For further information and to register, please visit www.choiroftheyear.com or call 020 7221 7883.


Kind regards,

The Choir of the Year team
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 info@choiroftheyear.com 

 
30 May - 4 June 2016

Pennine Spring Music Festival performs Mozart C Minor Mass K427. Set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside of the West Pennines, the Pennine Spring Music Festival brings together instrumentalists and singers from all over Britain for a week of convivial music-making and performing. A varied programme of concerts is performed during the Spring Bank Holiday week in the 150 year old church at Heptonstall, an idyllic hill-top village perched above the vibrant town of Hebden Bridge. The festival provides a fantastic opportunity for amateur musicians, offering a choice of Choral, Orchestral and Ensemble courses. The Festival presents 3 concerts throughout the week with rehearsals taking place every day in various venues in the village of Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge. The choir rehearses between three and six hours each day includes Upper and Lower voice rehearsals. 

 

The choral repertoire for 2016 is: Elgar: Give unto the Lord (Tuesday concert), Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, third group (upper voices) and Britten: The Ballad of Lady Barnard and Little Musgrave (lower voices) (Thursday concert), Mozart: Mass in C minor (Saturday concert).

 

PSM always welcomes new singers. Confident sight-reading skills are an advantage but for those who are less confident, music and practice CDs are sent out in advance so that people can come sufficiently prepared to perform 3 concerts in 6 days! This is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable week singing with like-minded and supportive musicians, many of whom return year upon year.There are places for all voices in the 2016 choir. For full details and application forms visit www.penninespringmusic.co.uk

 

4 - 5 June 2016

Walsall Weekend for Singers, Conductors and Vocal Leaders (non residential) - Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Walsall, WS3 1AG

 

Our training weekend in Walsall, brimming with graded conducting courses and our Musicianship for Singers course at Foundation level, is now open for bookings. It’s taking place in early June this year, due to venue unavailability over our usual weekend at the end of May.

 

Each course is designed to provide an engaging and encouraging environment in which participants can hone their skills and learn new techniques.

 

  • During the weekend, our ever popular Conducting courses are running at Foundation, Intermediate 1 and 2 and Advanced levels  – so whether you’re new to choral conducting, or you’re looking to build on knowledge gleaned at previous training events, there’s an suitable training opportunity on offer for everyone. Details about course approaches at each level, together with full information on timings and all course fees, can be found in the Walsall Weekend brochure.

 

  • We are also holding our Foundation level Musicianship for Singers course; at this level, singers will learn to sing and sight read rhythm notation in single time signatures and commonly found tempo instructions. Perfect for community choir members, for example, to increase their skills and confidence, and help them get to grips with music theory from a singer’s perspective.For reference, Musicianship for Singers participants begin at Foundation Level and progress through Intermediate 1 and 2 courses to Advanced Level, in a similar style to our Conducting Courses. A quick test is available to check your knowledge and work out the right level for you to start on, and full details on coverage at each level is available in our Musicianship for Singers brochure.

For more details visit www.singforpleasure.org.uk/events/current-listings/may-weekend-for-singers-conductors-and-vocal-leaders-2/

 
11 June 2016 Choir 2000 invite you to a Choral Day with Ralph Woodward. They will be working on John Rutter's Magnificat at Histon Baptist Church, Histon Cambridge. Enrolment 9.30 - 10.00. Rehearsal 10.00 - 15.45 (including lunch break). Free performance for family and friends 16.15 - 17.00. Enrolment fee is £15.00(under 18s free). There is also an optional hog roast lunch (or vegetarian option) @ £7.00 per person. For more details and to apply visit www.choir2000.org
 
24 June 2016 Musical Theatre Singing workshop at Rambert, South Bank London, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP 7.00 pm - 10.00 p.m. The workshop cost £20 per person (wine and nibbles included. For more details visit https://singingholidays.com/music-theatre-singing-workshop/
 
25 - 26 June 2016 Wortley Hall Choral Weekend - The Anthems of John Rutter. Come and sing The Anthems of John Rutter, conducted by Gareth Green. Residential prices include ensuite accommodation at Wortley Hall, all meals, course fee, music & room hire as well as tea & coffee breaks. Non Residential prices include all meals, course fee, music & room hire as well as tea & coffee breaks. Wortley Hall (map), Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S35 7DB from £153.00. Visit www.mmcourses.co.uk/shop/wortley-hall-choral-weekend for more information. Residential or non-residential options
 
26 June 2 July 2016 Music at Monteconero - a course for choral singers led by Patrick Craig. A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a mediaeval abbey on a mountain top overlooking the Adriatic, now converted into a comfortable hotel with an excellent swimming pool and a reputation for the gastronomic specialities of the Marche. We rehearse a programme of early music in the Romanesque church that still stands at its centre. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

The repertoire will include: 
Palestrina ~ Exsultate Deo, Dum complerentur, Cantabo Domino
Pärt ~ Magnificat, The woman with the alabaster box, Tribute to Caesar.

More information www.lacock.org/html/body_monteconero.htm

 
2 - 8 July 2016

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on French sacred music for female choir by Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ and Gabriel FAURE. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

For more information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 

9 - 16 July 2016

 

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on German Renaissance music by Hans Leo HASSLER. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

For more information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
16 - 22 July 2016

Jean Langlais Festival Choral Week - La Fontenelle, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France. The course is led by Malcolm Archer, with David Bednall (organ) and vocal coach Hilary Jones. Music by Mozart, Palestrina, Rheinberger, Villette, Langlais, Elgar, Bruckner, Archer and Bednall.

Cost: £250

There are some choral scholarships for 18-25s.

Contact 01296 681291 or +33 299 97 68 14 email : deanwing@lineone.net

UK address: Brenda Dean, 2 Nup End Close, Wingrave, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 4QA. Full information at www.brittanymusicworkshops.eu

 

25 - 29 July 2016

Guildhall School  Cappella Choral Course guides you through 450 years of great choral music drawn from the Renaissance up to and including the 20th century and uses material drawn from English and most major European schools.  The material will be performed in as many parts as the number of participants allows. The week culminates in a concert performance in the fabulous acoustic of St Giles, Cripplegate, just opposite the Barbican Centre.

The course includes:
 

  • Warm-up exercises

  • Sight reading in parts (a cappella of course)

  • Diction, voice balancing and blending

  • Working towards a performance

This course is for anyone aged 16 or over with choral singing experience and a reasonable standard of sight reading.

 

About the Tutors

The course is taught by David Vinden and Graham Dinnage, David and Graham share an extensive experience of Choral teaching, conducting and singing. Additionally, David edited Musica Transalpina I in 2002, it is a snap shot of the musical taste of the time and enables us to experience, first hand, the actual material which was to help inspire the great renaissance of English madrigal composition, acting as a catalyst to such composers as Morley, Gibbons, Tomkins, and Weelkes and Wilbye to name a few.

 

Our location

The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London within the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.

 

Fees

Residential Option 1:  (Bed, breakfast and evening meal) £694
Residential Option 2:  (Bed and breakfast) £634
Non-residential: £370

 

Dates

Monday 25 – Friday 29 July, 9.30am – 5:30pm
Concert 29 July, 4.45pm – 5.30pm

 

Participant requirements 

Applicants from 16 upwards are welcome; however, please note that the School does not provide supervision for under 18s when they are not attending a timetabled activity. However, parents or guardians are welcome on the premises. Participants are expected to have basic sight reading skills and Choral singing experience. 

 

Special access needs

If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.

 

Insurance

It is recommended that students take out insurance cover, including cover for theft and the loss of fees in the event of illness or accident. For international students needing help in finding an insurance company, you might try www.students-insurance.eu 

 

Assessments

Should you wish to use your participation in the summer school as credit for a university or college course you are undertaking, this would be a matter for you to agree with your current institution. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer assessments.

 

Contact

Email shortcourses@gsmd.ac.uk or call 0207 382 2310 for any enquiries.

 
30 July - 6 August 2016

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (south of France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on madrigals by Claudio MONTEVERDI. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

For more information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 

31 July - 7 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents The Cappella Chamber Choir. We  warmly welcomes keen choral singers of a reasonably accomplished standard and with a keen ear and sense of rhythm to a week of wonderful music making, choice repertoire and good company. The choir will be limited to between thirty and forty members and places are subject to the balance of voices. A concert will be given at the end of the week for which the repertoire will be selected from the list below. Where possible we recommend pre-preparation of the music before the course starts. However, the music will be available in the summer school music shop and should be acquired before the first rehearsal. So why not come and meet old friends and make new ones in what could be the most rewarding week of your year. Directed by James Davey. More details at www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/chamberchoir.html

 

Choral Workshop 1 - Sunday 31 July

To start the first week of our 2016 school, James Davey will direct an open rehearsal with orchestra of excerpts from the Brahms German Requiem, Op.45 [copies provided]. It will take place on the first evening. All members of the summer school are welcome to participate.

 
7 - 13 August 2016
Elementary & Intermediate Singing & Choir at ‘Cubertou’ in SW France

Have fun singing in a relaxed, non competitive environment – with an excellent tutor in a gorgeous location

Tutor: David Dellaire

Prices: £400 to £700, includes tuition, accommodation, all meals and wine with supper

Venue: Cubertou is a lovely old farm in the Lot region, converted to accommodate summer arts and music courses

Course:

Repertoire is from a range of periods and in a variety of styles – from madrigals to show songs.

Group sessions on sight singing and chamber music skills.

Opportunities for perform solos/duets in informal soirées before supper.

The morning comprises two sessions, with a break for coffee. After lunch is siesta time, when you can laze by the pool, walk in the woods, rest or play. The final session of the day is after tea and before pre-supper drinks.

Full Details: http://cubertou.com/elementary-singing-choir/

 
7 - 13 August 2016

CoMA Contemporary Music Summer School - Doncaster College, High Melton, Yorkshire DN5 7SZ. This year’s CoMA Summer School celebrates the life and work of Michael Finnissy. Widely recognised as one of the most significant and influential composers of his generation, Michael, now in his 70th year, is a life-long advocate of amateur musicianship and a dedicated supporter of CoMA and the late starters movement. Accordingly, at the heart of Summer School will be a project, directed by James Weeks, involving all participants – composers and performers, teachers and students alike – working together using folk materials sourced from around the globe, to create a MusicWorld for Michael Finnissy, designed to transform the Summer School site into an abundant musical ecosystem – a cheek-by-jowl final ‘circus’ performance in the manner of John Cage.

Scheduled around this core project will be a varied programme of options for composers, singers, pianists, and other instrumentalists, as well as dedicated string orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, creative opera, voice and music theatre. Voice and music theatre options are: CoMA Partsongs with James Weeks & Janet Oates, exploring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Luniare with Loré Lixenberg, devising an Opera in Procession with Janet Oates and Songbooks & Folksongs (lyrical C21 repertoire) with Loré Lixenberg.

 

This year’s tutors will be James Weeks, Michael Finnissy, Lore Lixenberg, Janet Oates, Gregory Rose, Darragh Morgan, Adi Tal and Mary Dullea and Clare Simmonds plus three talks by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. The concert programme features the Fidelio Trio, the re-launch of the fabled IXION Ensemble and much, much more, including one of Michael Finnissy’s utterly unique cabaret concerts. For full details and booking information, see www.coma.org/summermusic.       

 
7 - 14 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents Choral Masterpieces with Jeremy Jackson. The centrepiece of the programme is Haydn’s  Maria Theresa Mass, an outstanding example of the genre, by turns brilliant and beautiful, and with an unusual orchestral scoring. Brahms loved writing for voices; these two songs contrast the warm tones of a lilting love-song with a make-over of a Serbian folk-tune in 7/4 time! Paul Spicer’s excellent collection of early 20th century music will allow us to explore relatively (and undeservedly) unknown material while, with Lift Up Your Heads, we can let off a bit of steam.

  

In early 17th century England, politico-religious considerations determined whether our best composers stayed or left. Gibbons stayed and in his short life wrote music that was a fitting culmination of the Tudor art. Phillips left and adapted the Tudor heritage to continental ‘advances’, producing pieces that foreshadow the Baroque. Last, but by absolutely no means least, we shall study Janequin’s extraordinary extended madrigal Le Chant des Oiseaux.

 

To apply visit www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/choralmasterpieces.html

 

Choral Workshop 2 - Sunday 7 August

As an extra to this week’s musical diet, Jeremy Jackman will direct an open rehearsal of choruses from Puccini’s Messa di Gloria [copies provided] on Sunday evening, the 7th August.  All members of the school are welcome to participate.

 
7 - 14 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents a "Lighter Side" choral course with Susan Hollingworth. Yet another wild selection of foot stomping fun pieces with plenty of pure sentimental nostalgia to keep emotions balanced. Several pieces could challenge the hardiest regular but enough of the repertoire is very approachable to ensure our concert will be the success we have come to expect and enjoy.

 

Be prepared to work hard! This course is not for the timid conservative nor the enthusiastic “sing-along”; a good ear and a secure sense of rhythm are essential and a loud costume for the concert will help!

For more details visit www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/lightersidechoral.html

 

7 - 14 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents a "Voices in Harmony (Ditch the Dots)" with Wendy Sergeant.

 

This is a course for people who want to learn how to sing unaccompanied and in harmony without using sheet music. Harmony singing – for the joy of it! It is suitable for people who love to sing but don’t read music and also for those who can read music but want to “ditch the dots” thus experiencing the freedom and challenge of learning harmonies by ear.


Wendy’s up-beat inspirational style teaches songs aurally and uses a light touch with plenty of support and humour enabling singers to sing in four-part harmony without really trying. This kind of teaching opens the thrilling world of music to people who have never sung in a choir before whilst also improving the aural skills of those who normally use music. Wendy works on singing technique with all participants helping them to make the best of their voices and promoting vocal health.

 

The course will aim to sing a large variety of music - pop songs, world music, spirituals, classical, jazz - and perform in an informal concert at the end of the week.  

 

For more details visit www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/voicesinharmony.html

 
12 - 19 August 2016

Secular Choral Course with Mary King Helicon Arts are running a fantastic singing holiday for 2016, taking place at the stunning Pousada de Vila Viçosa in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Pousada is a restored 16th-century convent complete with cloisters and beautiful frescoes which offers excellent accommodation with a lovely swimming pool. Relatively undiscovered by tourists, the Alentejo is a veritable treasure trove of medieval whitewashed villages, award-winning wineries and beautiful countryside – not to mention local gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer, including an excursion to Lisbon, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora, a tasting in one of Alentejo's finest wineries and an opportunity to explore the beautiful hilltop village of Monsaraz.

This course will be our fourth led by renowned vocal coach and broadcaster Mary King. We’ll be singing a lighter selection of choral music, including classical, jazz, popular, folk, and musical theatre, ending the week with a public concert.

The courses will offer an uplifting and rewarding singing experience, alongside a varied programme of social and cultural activities.

 

A fun-packed musical programme and an active social schedule will guarantee a memorable holiday.

 

Full details about the courses are now available on our website, www.heliconarts.co.uk.

 

13 - 21 August 2016

Sing for Pleasure Summer School. Keele University Staffordshire, ST5 5BG (Residential) There’s something for everyone with a keen choral interest at Summer School this year, from musicianship and choral courses for singers, and Foundation and Intermediate choral conducting skills training, right through to the demands of the Advanced conducting course.

 

We’re offering a range of different training opportunities to cater for all abilities and styles. Our perennially popular Conducting courses are available at Foundation, Intermediate 1 and 2 and Advanced levels, and for singers, we have a number of part-week courses. Musicianship for Singers, running for the first half of the week, is ideal for participants wanting to brush up on their musicianship skills and vocal technique; for the second half of the week, we have three Choral courses, aimed respectively at community choirs, experienced sight singers and those looking for more challenging repertoire.

Come and join us for a week to remember!

 

Download the literature below for more details and course fees.

SS16 Full week brochure

SS16 Choral courses leaflet

 

More details from www.singforpleasure.org.uk/events/current-listings/summer-school-2016/

 
14 - 19 August 2016 Ludlow Summer School - a course for singers and instrumentalists led by JanJoost van Elburg. The Ludlow Summer School is a combination of specialist coaching, informal festival and musical holiday. It is open to experienced choral singers and early instrumentalists of all ages and nationalities. This week of intensive training with leading tutors will be devoted to one work, Monteverdi’s 1610 Marian Vespers, ending with a public performance. The general aim is to create an intensive musical experience in a relaxed and informal setting. Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is a work of unprecedented splendour and magnificence, which all musicians should sing once before they die. It bridges the chasm between the mediaeval world of chant and polyphony and the modern world of melody, bass line and harmony. There are obbligato parts for strings, cornetts, sackbuts and recorders, and scope for continuo instruments of all types. www.lacock.org/html/body_ludlow.html
 
20 - 27 August 2016

Sacred Choral Course with Ivor Setterfield Helicon Arts will be running a fantastic singing holiday for 2016, taking place at the stunning Pousada de Vila Viçosa in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Pousada is a restored 16th-century convent complete with cloisters and beautiful frescoes which offers excellent accommodation with a lovely swimming pool. Relatively undiscovered by tourists, the Alentejo is a veritable treasure trove of medieval whitewashed villages, award-winning wineries and beautiful countryside – not to mention local gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer, including an excursion to Lisbon, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora, a  tasting in one of Alentejo's finest wineries and an opportunity to explore the beautiful hilltop village of Monsaraz.

This will be our 19th choral course conducted by Ivor Setterfield, and repertoire will focus on sacred choral works from ancient to modern for SATB choir. We will give a concert at the end of the week in a local church.

 

A fun-packed musical programme and an active social schedule will guarantee a memorable holiday.

 

Full details about the courses are now available on our website, www.heliconarts.co.uk.

 
21 - 28 August 2016 Cotswold Vocal Performance Course. A residential course for soloists and choristers from beginners to budding professionals covering all styles of vocal music. A chance to indulge your passion and immerse yourself in a week of singing. Set in the lovely village of Kingham in the Cotswolds. Website http://www.cvpc.co email cvpc2016@gmail.com
 
4 - 9 September 2016 Trogir Music Week - a course for choral singers and instrumentalists led by Erik Van Nevel. Choral singers and players of early instruments, of all ages and nationalities, are warmly invited to join this week of  study and rehearsal leading to a public performance in Trogir, a beautiful old Venetian port on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to explore an important field of repertoire and to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

SACRED MUSIC BY HEINRICH SCHÜTZ (1585-1672)
Psalmen Davids
Geistliche Chormusik
Symphoniae Sacrae

More information: www.lacock.org/html/body_trogir.html

 
10 - 17 September 2016 Libricini in Languedoc, Roujan. An upper voice week, working on varied a capella repertoire, of a reasonably challenging standard. Tuition will be shared between Libricini founder and facilitator Carole Wyatt, and Francis Steele (formerly of The Sixteen and The Tallis Scholars) Accommodation is an a beautiful wine-makers residence, with top-notch food and a wonderful restful ambience. Cost (excluding travel to Roujan) from £430. For further details e-mail caroleawyatt@gmail.com Numbers limited, early applications recommended.
 
11 - 16 October 2016

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop, Italy - Carl Orff - Carmina Burana

 

The Carmina Burana by Carl Orff has been filling concert halls for decades. His tunes and rhythms are part of the very fabric of classical music. In 1934 Orff discovered the Carmina Burana from the 12th century, printed in 1847. This manuscript contains a wide variety of forms of secular music. Coming across these texts fascinated Orff so much that he sketched the first chorus “O Fortuna” that very day. The wheel of fortune is the major symbol that runs through the entire work. Orff addresses the circles of fortune and misfortune and of rise and fall in the world, with recurring themes in a major choral movement that opens and closes the work. The premier of Carmina Burana in 1937 secured Carl Orff’s global fame. Nowadays the composition is one of the most frequently staged works ever in the history of music. It still holds true that if Carmina Burana is on the repertoire, there are going to be queues.

On Lake Garda the International Oratorio Choir will be using the rehearsal rooms. The lake presents a wonderful spectacle of natural luminescence and colours for an unforgettable musical event.

 

The concert will be held in Riva del Garda (Italy) on 15 October 2016 as part of the 10th Lago di Garda Music Festival. More information about this project: https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-carmina-burana/ 

 
1 October 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop 26 September - Poland

W. A. Mozart - Requiem, KV 626

https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-mozart-requiem-cracow/