Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

12 December 2015 Singing Day with Jonathan Willcocks at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB. Singing day devoted to the choruses of Handel's Messiah and Jonathan' own work, Sing Africa. The day will begin at 10.30 am and will end around 4.30 p.m. Refreshments for break times will be provided but participantsshould make there own arrangements for lunch. Depending on the numbers attending the venue will either be the Benslow Campus or a larger local venue. Price £20.00 For more details telephone or visit 

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23 January 2016

The Dream of Gerontius Choral Workshop 10.30am – 5.00pm - Holy Trinity Church, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1SE

Join Henley Choral Society for a day Workshop on the ravishing Dream of Gerontius under our dynamic 24-year old Musical Director, Benjamin Goodson. Open to all ages 16+ and free for under 25s. We will be singing the chorus with guests the Lea Singers performing the semi-chorus and with our superb regular accompanist, David Smith.  As with previous HCS workshops, we offer a wonderful day of singing and learning with an inspirational conductor, pleasant company - and great cakes! 

Please contact Jenny Fleming, Workshop Coordinator on 01491 575165 email: with any questions and for an application form. Also see   

Tickets £15.00 if booked before Dec 8th, £20.00 thereafter or on the door

6 February 2016

Free Choral Workshop - Northern Rock Hall, The Sage Gateshead. Learn and Perform Christopher Wood’s Requiem


09.30 registration - Workshop day with performance at 17.00 - Led by David Murray and Eileen Bown

Promoted by Ryton Choral Society and Bishopwearmouth Choral Society.


Generously supported financially by Christopher Wood. (See -  

Pre-registration essential by contacting Neil Pont 0778623637 or

19 - 21 February 2016 "Away to Sing" - A Singing Weekend for Men Calling all men whether you sing or not!! Come away to Sing in the wonderful surroundings of the Pentire Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall for a fun and music packed weekend. Have time to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery, use the hotel leisure facilities or even practice the music! Learning tracks will be provided in advance of the weekend. Some of the music you might know but there'll be a few surprises! The weekend will finish with a concert in beautiful St Michael's Church Newquay (pictured left) and will also feature the wonderful Newquay Male Voice Choir. For more details visit
27 February 2016

Singing Day  with Jonathan Willcocks - Verdi Requiem Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Surrey GU3 2DD, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Complimentary tea and coffee, and light refreshments available for purchase throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch. Informal performance for friends and family at 4.00pm. Tickets £20 (£10 for students). For booking and enquiries please phone 01252 703 468, or contact us on or go to our website,

2 - 6 March 2016

Do you fancy 5 days singing in Malta? We have arranged a fantastic mini-break on the beautiful islands of Malta and Gozo. Daytime rehearsals will be in the capital, Valletta, and the singers will perform in the walled city of Mdina and in Victoria (on Gozo). With average temperatures of 14° (compared with a UK 6°) and up to 9 hours of sunshine it will be a great way to escape the UK winter. We will be singing Palestrina's Missa Aeterna Christi Munera and a selection of a capella sacred motets (the music will be available in advance). 

David Everett is an ex-cathedral lay clerk with many years' experience directing choirs of all sizes. He is a skilled and enthusiastic choral trainer and runs regular sing days / workshops. DE Tours is his latest venture. It combines his expertise in running sing days and European choir tours. The cost is £200 (flights and accommodation not included). This includes the course costs, transport to Mdina and Gozo (by ferry!), and 2 evening meals. There will be a small charge for the music (which will be yours to keep).


DE Tours' website has more information:  He can be emailed at

14 - 15 May 2016

English Choral Experience Camerata in the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester. Come and join a chamber choir of expert, ambitious and high achieving singers, learning and performing wonderful choral chamber music in a beautiful setting. Paul Spicer, the renowned choral conductor directs. There are still places for tenors and basses.

For more details and booking:

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

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 Numbers limited, early applications recommended.
27 September - 2 October 2016

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop in Cracow (Poland) - Szymanowski -Stabat Mater & Brahms - Song of Destiny


"Stabat Mater" by Karol Szymanowski is one of the most famous and at the same time one of the most personal works of the composer.The first sketches were made in the spring of 1925. Everything here is characterised by a fascinating simplicity. The melodies basically consist of small and large seconds and thirds; most of the movements possess a slow tempo.  A unique piece de resistance of oratorio literature, which could only emerge in a Slavic country. The “Schicksalslied” (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms is – together with “A German Requiem” among the best choral works of this composer.In 1868, while Brahms was visiting friends in Wilhelmshaven, he was given the poem “Hyperion’s Song of Destiny” written by Friedrich Hölderlin. Brahms was so deeply affected by the words that he began to compose his Song of Destiny for Choir and Orchestra the very same day.


In Cracow the International Oratorio Choir will be using the rehearsal rooms.

The former capital of Poland is one of Europe’s last undiscovered destinations by mass tourism. Here the Holy Father Pope John Paul II served as a Bishop for more than twelve years. Centre of the old town is Rynek (main market place), one of Europe’s most beautiful and largest market places. This market place is divided by huge cloth halls as well as the gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. At the south edge of the old town rises the Wawelburg with the famous King’s castle. In 2000, Krakow was the European Capital of Culture.


The concert will be held in Cracow (Poland) on 1st October 2016. More information about this project: