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Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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2 March - 6 April

Sing with Madeline Bell and the English Chamber Orchestra! Visit https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/walsall/events/feature/sing-with-madeline-bell-and-the-english-chamber-orchestra/

3 - 8 March

Granada Lamentations A course for choral singers of all ages and nationalities held in the Monasterio de San Bernardo, close to the Alhambra Palace in the Andalusian city of Granada. The repertoire will be based on the largely six-part Lamentations of Jeremiah by Pedro Ruimonte, directed by Gabriel Diaz.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/granada-lamentations

9 March

Sing Day: Choral Classics 3: The American Connection

10am to 4pm. Venue: Dewsbury Minster, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Cost: £18 per singer which includes music and refreshments. Run by Tim Knight, who will lead singers on a journey of discovery of composers from the US. You can find all the details on our website and book your place: Come and Sing - Choral Classics 3 (The American Connection) | Tim Knight Music

5 - 7 April Singing Retreat @ King´s College. We’re excited to be returning to King’s College in 2024!  For this course you’ll stay in rooms within the main King’s College site, passing through the imposing Porters’ Lodge each day as we move between college chapels.

Delights in store include candle-lit Compline in St Catharine’s College chapel, singing Evensong in two other College chapels, and a 3-course formal dinner. You will develop your voice and choral skills with daily vocal health sessions, and enjoy warm camaraderie with a friendly group of people who share your passion for choral music.

Each choral course includes full group and chamber choir sessions, coaching on vocal health and singing technique, historical and repertorial expertise; and services in college chapels.


14 - 19 April

Music for a Portuguese Madonna. A course for choral singers with repertoire drawn from the music of Renaissance Portugal, including the Ave Virgo sanctissima Mass of Géry de Ghersem, held in the historic clifftop church of St Michael, Lyme Regis. Directed by Patrick Craig.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/portuguese-polyphony-in-lyme-regis

21 - 26 April Issigeac International Music Academy  - Sun,Sea and Sky - Choral Workshop and concert - Issigeac, 24560, France .The workshops will be directed by award-winning choral specialist Hilary Campbell. Each day we will benefit from Hilary’s inspirational musical leadership. The pieces have been especially chosen to allow the group to work on their ensemble singing and sound production. Hilary’s considerable choral conducting experience, combined with her exception personal musical talent and a great sense of humour, takes the process of learning choral music to a new level. This isn’t just singing in the most beautiful setting, it’s the joy of experiencing music making in an entirely positive and encouraging environment. Visit https://iimusicacademy.com/courses-workshops/
4 May Haydn Creation Workshop with Christ´s Hospital Choral Society conducted by James Bartlett. Christ´s Hosptal, Horsham. Each year the choir hosts a workshop led by a well known personality from the world of choral singing.  These full day events are held shortly before the Spring concert and cover the work to be performed, giving our members a boost in both practice and confidence.  Singers from many other choirs also attend and we regularly have over two hundred people taking part. Email workshop@chchoralsoc.org fro morev details.
5 - 10 May

Tenby Music Party An advanced course for invited choral singers led by Lionel Meunier and Zsuzsi Tóth of the Belgian-based group Vox Luminis. Directed by Lionel Meunier, with Zsuzsi Tóth.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/tenby-music-party-2

9 - 12 May

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop
The choral workshop will be held in Alix (Beaujolais-France) and will focus on Franco-Flemish music of the Renaissance for mixed choir by Jean Richafort, Jacob Obrecht and Josquin des Prez.
Tutor : Franck Pelle-Rolland
More information : https://www.lechantdesoyseaux.fr/en/stage-de-chant-choral-andante-1

9 - 12 May Hidden Gems Brussels Join us for a extended choral weekend with a difference, singing uplifting and poetic songs in some of Brussels most extraordinary locations. Meet new people, improve your singing skills and experience the hidden gems of this historic city. You will take part in six rousing singing sessions spread over the weekend with refreshments provided during the breaks. All music will be taught by ear in English, so no singing experience necessary and a booklet of all the songs will be provided. You will be working towards a unique singing walk on the Sunday afternoon where we will sing in public in some wonderful places with glorious acoustics and stories to tell.

Our rehearsal venue is centrally located in the elegant and well-equipped Studio Empain, opposite the Place de la Liberté. The singing walk on the Sunday afternoon will take in the following wonderful spaces:

The Horta Hall at Bozar

The Pavilion of Human Passions 

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

and some special secret corners

Visit https://www.goal-mouth.org/hidden-gems-brussels for more details.

2 - 9 June

Reflections and Inspirations, Girona: Directed by Neil Ferris

Join us in the historic city of Girona - Catalonia’s second city - as we work on a programme of English Romantic choral music including Vaughan Williams and Howells.

7 - 9 June Choir Camp 2024 with Suzi Quatro. Visit https://www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk/event-pro/choir-camp-with-suzi-quatro-at-dunfield/
9 - 15 June

Monteconero Music Party A course for invited singers in a former monastery overlooking the Adriatic, with repertoire based on Renaissance polyphony for seven voices, directed by Patrick Craig

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/monteconero-music-party-3

16 - 22 June

Music at Monteconero A course for choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a former monastery overlooking the Adriatic, centred on Renaissance music inspired by the biblical Song of Songs. Directed by Lucy Goddard.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/music-at-monteconero-3

16 - 23 June

Victoria Requiem, Burgos: Directed by David Skinner

We return to beautiful Burgos at the perfect time of year to sing Victoria’s Requiem and other Spanish masterpieces in the majestic cathedral of Burgos. We will also take time to visit to the monks of Silos who sing daily services of Gregorian chant – and add our own recital in their monastery chapel.

4 - 8 July

Dublin Cathedral Weekend: Directed by Jeremy Jackman

Ok- its more than a weekend but there’s lots to see and do. Based in Trinity College Dublin,
we will sing services in Christ Church Cathedral and the College Chapel (TBC)

6 -13 July

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop
The choral workshop will be held in Arradon (Brittany-France) and will focus on Hungarian music for women’s choir by Kodaly, Bartok and Kocsar.
Tutor : Franck Pelle-Rolland
More information : https://www.lechantdesoyseaux.fr/en/stage-de-chant-choral-andante-2 

12 - 14 July

Stanford Singing Break An exclusive singing weekend in Stanford’s honour, to be held 12–14 July at Queens’ College Cambridge, where he was organ scholar. This is a unique opportunity to sing some of Stanford’s best known (and lesser known) works in glorious Cambridge surroundings, including Queen’s College Chapel. Led by RSCM Director, Hugh Morris, the weekend will also include an organ recital by Dr Anthony Gritten and an inciteful lecture by Professor Jeremy Dibble, renowned Stanford expert and biographer.

14 - 19 July

Ludlow Summer School, Ludlow . The centrepiece of the repertoire will be Nicholas Ludford’s magnificent six-part Mass Videte miraculum, the only English mass with divided treble line until that of Vaughan Williams. Rory Wainwright Johnston will direct: Thecourse will be held in the cathedral-like church of St Laurence.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/ludlow-summer-school

14 - 20 July

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop
The choral workshop will be held in Arradon (Brittany-France) and will focus on Spanish music of the Renaissance for mixed choir by Tomas Luis de Victoria.
Tutor : Franck Pelle-Rolland
More information : https://www.lechantdesoyseaux.fr/en/stage-de-chant-choral-andante-3

14 - 21 July

Vilnius: Directed by Patrick Craig

We welcome back Patrick Craig to direct a feast of choral music taken from St Paul’s Cathedral in Lithuania’s picturesque capital. If you enjoyed Tallinn and Riga, this is for you.

19 - 20 July

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered with Hilary Campbell and Krystal Tunnicliffe

Join Hilary and her colleague, Krystal Tunnicliffe, for two days of choral music making, with music to conjure up all kinds of magical moments!  To include repertoire by Purcell, Mozart, Queen, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
Friday 19 July 10.30am-4.30pm
Saturday 20 July 10.30am-5:00pm

St Margaret's Putney, London SW15 5HU

For more information, and to book, please see www.hilarycampbell.com/workshops or www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/putney-park-lane/st-margarets-putney/bewitched-bothered-and-bewildered/e-eevaok

28 July - 3 August

Choral Summer School @ St Catharine´s College. Our choral summer schools are singing holidays with a difference, a week-long immersion in Cambridge choral life, singing in a range of college chapels under a range of world-class directors. We will sing beautiful Evensongs and tranquil Complines with a repertoire of exquisite music spanning chant, psalmody, Renaissance polyphony, masterpieces of the 20th century and choral music from living composers.  And the holiday element of the singing holiday includes free time for punting, museum visits and a chance to sample the wines from a college cellar.


28 July - 4 August

Choral Courses at Sherborne Summer School of Music 2024

Cappella Chamber Choir, Greg Hallam conductor
The Cappella Chamber Choir welcomes keen singers to a week of wonderful music making. choice repertoire and good company. Why not meet old friends and make new ones in what could be the most rewarding week of your summer.
For complete information about the summer school and its concerts please see our web site:

4 - 11 August

Choral Courses at Sherborne Summer School of Music 2024

Choral Masterpieces of Five Centuries, James Davey, conductor
Inspirational choral music from the seventeenth century to the present day including the sumptuous but rarely performed ‘Agincourt by George Dyson and the exciting ‘Arma, caedes, vindictae, furores’ from Juditha Triumphans by Vivaldi. By contrast we offer the beautiful By Wisdom of Judith Weir and Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op.26 Group 1. A concert with orchestral accompaniment will be given at the end of the week.
 For complete information about the summer school and its concerts please see our web site:

4 - 11 August

Choral Conducting Course at Sherborne Summer School of Music, 2024

The Art of Choral Direction, Amy Bebbington director.
Conductors of all levels of experience are welcomed on this course, during which a student’s development through the week is tailored closely to their own individual needs. Essential elements of conducting technique will be shared throughout each day with most of the course spent in a masterclass situation. Additional opportunities, such as working with a large chorus, working with an orchestra and conducting in the course concert, will be shared amongst the members of the course.
A week is a short time, but sufficient to examine the nature of the choral conductor’s craft, including how to prepare a score and plan effective rehearsals, how to build a musical relationship with a group, how our language affects our choirs and what it takes to prepare a dynamic performance.
Conductors of choral societies, chamber choirs, youth choirs, church choirs, organ scholars, etc., are all equally welcomed to what will be a demanding, supportive and encouraging learning environment.
Choral singers who wish to develop their sight-reading skills are also encouraged. They will be warmly welcomed as members of the course and be invited to sing for the choral conducting students. A reasonable level of sight reading would be an advantage.
 For complete information about the summer school and its concerts please see our web site:

4 - 11 August

Choral Courses at Sherborne Summer School of Music 2024

The Lighter Side Choral Course, Sue Hollingworth, conductor
A week of exciting music making for singers with a keen ear and sense of rhythm. Here you will find foot stomping fun pieces with plenty of sentimental nostalgia to keep the emotions balanced. Be prepared to work hard but essentially, remember to bring a loud costume for the concert!
 For complete information about the summer school and its concerts please visit:

4 - 11 August

Assisi Summer School: Directed by Rory McCleery

Our advanced course in Assisi will focus on music written in praise of the Virgin Mary and will conclude with a concert in the Basilica of San Francesco.

5 - 13 August

A Cappella Choir Summer School in the Cotswolds

Tutors: Owain Park - Director of the Gesualdo Six, Patrick Allies - Artistic Director of Siglo de Oro, and Joseph Fort - Director of the Chapel Choir, King’s College London. This residential course, set in the heart of the Cotswolds at the beautiful Hawkwood estate, covers eight centuries of music and takes singers on a journey from the early medieval period through to the present day. Throughout the course you will learn how to chant like a Gregorian; you will sing medieval and renaissance sacred music along with secular songs and part songs; you’ll sing music from the high baroque and classical periods; and you’ll sing romantic and twentieth century classics. You’ll also discover music from other parts of the world. You’ll work on aspects of style and interpretation and develop your appreciation of the issues associated with performance. You’ll also have a chance to improve your technical, sight-singing and ensemble skills, and take part in a range of informal performances throughout the course.

For more information and to book: https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/event/choir-summer-school/ 

10 - 17 August

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop
The choral workshop will be held in the charterhouse of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (Loire-France) and will focus on English music of the Renaissance by Willam Byrd.
Tutor : Franck Pelle-Rolland
More information : https://www.lechantdesoyseaux.fr/en/stage-de-chant-choral-andante-4 

13 - 17 August

Lincoln Summer Schools: Matt Finch & David Allinson

Lincoln University Summer Schools will feature two separate courses: 
Tudor Masterworks with David Allinson and I got Rhythm with Matt Finch


16 - 18 August

Haydn Choral Weekend with Gavin Carr in the Cotswolds

Join celebrated choral maestro Gavin Carr for a weekend retreat at Hawkwood in the Cotswolds to explore one of Haydn’s most beautiful and fascinating works, his ‘Mass in Time of War ’. We shall be joined by students from the Royal Academy of Music to sing the solos, and this joyful weekend will climax in a performance run-through of the entire work. 

For more information and to book: https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/event/choral-weekend-with-gavin-carr-24/

17 - 24 August

Helicon Arts Choral Course in Spain with Hilary Campbell

Nestled in the heart of La Mancha, the Parador de Almagro is a beautiful and tranquil place to base this choral course, our third with inspirational conductor Hilary Campbell. Formerly a 16th-century monastery, this meticulously restored Parador seamlessly blends historical charm with modern comforts, and features spacious rooms, lush gardens, and a refreshing swimming pool. With an abundance of beautiful gardens and courtyards to enjoy, the Parador offers an oasis of peace and calm.
Just beyond the walls of the Parador is the historic centre of Almagro, a cultural hotspot with iconic theatres, palacios, museums and monasteries. It is home to the Corral de Comedias, one of Spain’s most important historic theatres and was the headquarters of the Knights’ Order of Calatrava in medieval times. The hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Plaza Mayor, one of the loveliest squares in Spain with picturesque arcades; the heart of the town with its friendly bars and restaurants.
A combination of the Parador’s idyllic setting and the delightful buzz of Almagro will provide us with the perfect backdrop for a creative holiday.

For more information, and to book, please see https://heliconarts.co.uk/courses/choral-2024-campbell/
25 - 29 August

Salisbury Summer School: Directed by David Ogden

2024 will focus on music by living composers—some familiar, others less well known.
As always we will stay in the cathedral close and sing a private recital in the cathedral itself.

30 August - 1 September

Stanford Weekend in Cambridge: Directed by Patrick Craig

We will celebrate Stanford’s anniversary in Cambridge, where he lived and worked for much of his life. We will be based in Sidney Sussex College founded in 1596.

2 - 8 September

Trogir Music Party A course for invited singers in an old Venetian outpost in the Adriatic. The week will include a Mass sung in Trogir cathedral and a session in Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Directed by JanJoost van Elberg.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/trogir-music-party

15 - 22 September

Transylvanian Adventure, the 2nd Bite: Directed by David Ogden

We return to Transylvania for new adventures, based in historic Sighisoara and focusing on the south of the region. Castles, concerts and hearty Romanian fare await us. https://www.runbysingers.org/siggy-singing-holiday

22 - 27 September

Gourdon en Quercy ~ Polyphonies franco-flamandes A second course in the historic town in southwest France that explores the music of Josquin des Pres and his influential school. Directed by Rory McCleery.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/gourdon-en-quercy-polyphonies-franco-flamandes

2 - October

The Glory of Venice: Directed by Andrea Brown

Venice welcomes a new conductor for our popular off season visit to the city by the sea. Our concert will be augmented by string players from the Venice conservatoire. https://www.runbysingers.org/venice-singing-holiday

13 - 18 October

Dartmouth Music Party A course for invited singers that explores the flourishing music life of the Habsburg Imperial Court in Vienna around 1600, led by the Flemish composer Philippe de Monte. Directed by Eamonn Dougan.

Visit https://www.lacock.org/courses/dartmouth-music-party-3

22 - 26 October

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop
The choral workshop will be held in Alix (Beaujolais-France) and will focus on short and easy pieces by by Marco Antonio Ingegneri, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Quirino Gasparini & William Horsley.
Tutor : Franck Pelle-Rolland
More information : https://www.lechantdesoyseaux.fr/en/stage-de-chant-choral-adagio

3 - 6 December

Mozart in Vienna: Directed by Jeremy Jackman

We return to Vienna during the Christmas markets to sing Mozart’s Requiem with full Baroque orchestra and soloists on the anniversary of the composer’s death. https://www.runbysingers.org/vienna-singing-holiday

13 - 15 December

Choral Course in the Cotswolds: Christmas with The Gesualdo Six

Join the Gesualdo Six for a fabulous weekend of festive singing celebrations on this residential retreat at Hawkwood in the Cotswolds. Over the course of the weekend, Owain Park and The Gesualdo Six will offer engaging, informative and fun workshops for musicians, focusing on Christmas music from across the ages. They will cover topics from using the body and breath for healthy singing to key ensemble skills, and will present on a variety of technical areas including vocal technique and diction in ensemble singing, and emotional expression. The retreat includes an opening night concert by The Gesualdo Six. 

For more information and to book, including limited Earlybird places: https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/event/christmas-choral/