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2014  
   
22 February, 22 March, 26 April, 24 May, 14 June

Theatre Of Song – The Series with Graham Coatman. Phoenix Theatre, Beaconsfield Road, Blyth, NE24 2DS Saturdays 10.30am - 1.00pm

Fees: £10 / £8 concessions or £40 / £32 for all 5 (Buy 4 get one free!)
 
Following the great success of the workshop on 25 January, 20,000 Voices in association with Phoenix Theatre, Blyth invite you to explore more theatre songs!
 
Each workshop will be themed, covering a host of well known shows, with classic numbers like There’s No Business Like Show Business, Puttin’ on the Ritz, the music of Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), musicals from Boulbil & Schönberg (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables & Martin Guerre), the sophistication of Sondheim and the sauciness of The Producers, Privates on Parade and Spamalot – definitely something for everyone!
Each workshop is self-contained and may be booked individually. Enjoy stirring and inspiring tunes, lots of fun, and great harmonies!
For those who wish to, we are also planning a final workshop weekend 26 – 27 July, consisting of a Saturday rehearsal for a combined performance on Sunday afternoon (when we may be joined by other choirs).
Details to be confirmed.
 
Workshops
22 February   - Celebrate Irving Berlin on 125th anniversary of his birth
22 March        - The Modern Musical – Menken, Schönberg & Schwarz
26 April           - Cheeky Shows – The Producers, Privates on Parade, Spamalot, etc
24 May            - From the Comedian Harmonists to Cabaret & Chicago
14 June           - Broadway Babies – Big Blasts to Sophisticated Sondheim
 
To book:
Phoenix Theatre Box Office:
01670 367228 or box.office@thephoenixtheatre.org.uk
Booking will be available online at www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk
Or contact 20,000 Voices for a booking form
- 01679 797136 or
info@20000voices.org

February - April

Vocal and Sight-Singing 5-day Course in Sunny Valencia, Spain

Looking for a highly entertaining, inspiring and educational break this winter or spring? Come to sunny Valencia and pursue a choice of interesting vocal courses. Marlene Sweetko, Guildhall School of Music graduate, choral conductor, vocal coach and professional composer, has for 20 years  created a special atmosphere in her courses by combining intensity, humour and the highest standards of musical education and inspiration. You will find these courses, challenging yet entertaining, far away from the stress of everyday life, to be uplifting, refreshing and confidence building.

You can learn how to connect reading music on the page with hearing the correct sound in your head through an original and entertaining course based on the principles of the Kodaly technique. At the same time learn how to improve your breathing and vocal technique through a variety of thoroughly entertaining songs. You will also be able to see the delights of Valencia, and be taken to several beautiful villages along the Mediterranean Coast All tuition (15 hours), meals and private accommodation (6 nights) included for 300 euros. There are other courses on offer, both group and individual, so please consult our website at www.singingworkshopretreats.com.

21 - 27 April

Benslow Music call for audition for Benslow Baroque Opera 2014. The work we will be performing is Handel’s Theodora. The Baroque Opera course takes place from 21 to 27 April, with pre-course coaching offered over the immediately preceding period in London by David Roblou. The course climaxes in a fully-staged public performance, with a chorus and orchestra of amateurs, on 26 April. The Director is Emma Rivlin and the Music Directors Julian Perkins and Judy Tarling. We perform at A=415.

Auditions in all voice ranges for principal roles will be held at Benslow Music in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, early in February.  Successful auditionees will be fully coached and will be housed and fed during the course at no cost. http://benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=766

30 April  - 5 May

Singing Holidays present their Vienna Singing Break 2014. The main event of these 5 nights in Vienna is a performance (by you) in one of the oldest and most important churches in the city. Like the bull’s eye on a cultural dartboard, our destination is the Michaelerplatz, home to the Hofburg Palace, the Spanish Riding School and our singing venue of choice, the Michaelerkirche. Not only will you be singing in this major venue, but you will be accompanied by members of the world famous Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

  • Included in your holiday will be two nights at two of the world’s absolute premiere and most historical music venues. First up, we’ll be going to a performance of Umberto Giordano’s amazing ‘Andrea Chénier’ at the Vienna State Opera. Beforehand we’ll be soaking up the atmosphere in grandiose style with drinks in the spectacular foyer. At the stunning ‘Goldener Saal’ concert hall of the Vienna “Musikverein”, we’ll be attending a recital given by the fantastic star tenor Jonas Kaufmann accompanied by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. For more detail visit http://singingholidays.com/portfolio/vienna-singing-break/

30 April - 18 June

SUMMER CHORAL WORKSHOPS - The Addison Singers are proud to offer a series of 6 singing workshops which will be run by leading choral experts, including:

 

30 April: Sally Burgess / 7 May: David Lawrence / 21 May: Will Todd / 4 June: Jonathan Willcox / and 11 & 18 June: David Wordsworth.  Open to the public and members of other choirs as well as Addison members, and of interest to both CLASSICAL and JAZZ singers. Held in London W6 (near Ravenscourt Park tube) Only £15 each, book as many as you want - or all 6 for only £60 ! (+booking fee). Limited places so book now.  These are already proving very popular!

 

See http://www.addison-singers.org.uk/event/addison-summer-workshops-full-series and click "next" to see full details of each workshop.

17 - 18 May

Choral Weekend at Wortley Hall, Sheffield. Songs from the Shows.  Promoted by "Music Matters". Gareth Green (Musical Director). Lots of singing. Great fun. Lovely location. For further details see www.mmcourses.co.uk or phone 01226 752738.

18 - 24 May

A Summer Sanctuary in Lluc, Mallorca A wonderful chance to experience singing in the idyllic surroundings of the Sanctuary Lluc, set in the simply stunning surroundings of the mountains of North Mallorca. We will stay in the sanctuary and prepare for a concert of sacred and secular music in the magnificent basilica at the sanctuary. We will also take trips to Valldemossa, Soller and Palma. Everything except your flight is included in the price of the trip. For more details see www.choralholidays.com/Lluc

31 May – 1 June 2014

The Camerata Course, is aimed at a chamber choir of expert, ambitious and high achieving singers in the beautiful setting of 12th century Dore Abbey in Herefordshire’s Golden Valley. The wide-ranging repertoire will include works by MacMillan, Hewitt Jones, Rachmaninov, Dyson, Stanford, Mudd and Byrd. For full details please visit our website:www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk.

These courses, which offer a unique opportunity  for lovers of singing and English music, are set in a glorious location and are directed by the renowned leading choral director Paul Spicer.

From the Director: "Come and join us. Great music, great location, great company, wonderful add-ons like the beautiful art exhibition and evening events, great food (wine included!) Simply the best choral courses on the market!"

7 June 2014

'Sing for Coram - 275 years'  A joyous choral workshop singing Great Handel Choruses led by Brian Kay (of The Really Big Chorus) to mark the 275th anniversary of the granting of a Royal Charter to establish the Foundling Hospital, now known as the charity Coram.  Bring your singing friends along. You'll need some basic sight reading to make it work but it looks to be a great time for all. For timetable and more information click here

St.Alban the Martyr, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD(Tubes: Chancery Lane, Blackfriars) Tickets: £25 including sandwich lunch, (£15 for students in full time education). Booking form or Contact:  Luisa Corricelli at Coram,  Tel: 020 7520 0317 or Email: luisa.corricelli@coram.org.uk

7 - 13 June

Ghislaine Morgan’s Voacl Technique workshop at Monteconero A crash course in vocal technique with a much sought-after teacher, for choral singers of all ages and nationalities. It takes place 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. The course will cater to those who have had some vocal training and those who have had none. The numbers are kept low so that all participants can be given individual attention. Full details at http://www.lacock.org/html/monteconero_vw.htm

14 - 20 June

Music at Monteconero 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 Monteverdi 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. Jeffrey Skidmore directs a programme of Monteverdi’s spiritual madrigals, some of the most expressive music available to the choral singer. Details at http://www.lacock.org/html/monteconero.htm.

30 June - 4 July

Vocal Inspiration Singing Courses. We are delighted to announce the dates of our Vocal Inspiration Singing Courses for 2014.  Following our two very successful courses last year at Flagstone Farm in the Cotswolds we are delighted to be returning again this year.  We received terrific feedback from last year's participants and many enjoyed their course so much that they have already booked their places for this year. All the information about both courses, and the booking form can be found on our website   www.vocalinspiration.co.uk  

For further details please contact Jane Morris at enquiries@vocalinspiration.co.uk
5 - 12 July

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : Spanish Renaissance music - Tomas Luis de VICTORIA. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

6 - 12 July

Corsham Summer School A week of advanced tuition and music-making for choral and consort singers in the attractive Wiltshire town of Corsham, on the southern flanks of the Cotswolds. We rehearse every day in the morning and late afternoon and give a concert at the end of the course. The general aim is to provide an opportunity for amateur and student singers to study with leading practitioners in the field and to refresh and deepen musical enthusiasm in relaxed and convivial surroundings. Parallel classes for chamber choir and a one-to-part consort. The two directors, JanJoost van Elburg and Graham Bier will each divide their time between the two groups. This year the theme of the week will be the differing approach to musical expression in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches. The wide range of music will run from Tallis to members of the Bach family. http://www...lacock.org/html/corsham_summer_school.html.

7 - 11 July

Vocal Inspiration Singing Courses. We are delighted to announce the dates of our Vocal Inspiration Singing Courses for 2014.  Following our two very successful courses last year at Flagstone Farm in the Cotswolds we are delighted to be returning again this year.  We received terrific feedback from last year's participants and many enjoyed their course so much that they have already booked their places for this year. All the information about both courses, and the booking form can be found on our website   www.vocalinspiration.co.uk  

For further details please contact Jane Morris at enquiries@vocalinspiration.co.uk
12 - 20th July JAM on the Marsh Festival presents "From Bingen to Bingham" An 8 day choral music course. Come and sing music through the ages led by Nicholas Cleobury and Judith Bingham, performed in the historic churches of Kent's Romney Marsh. Works by Bingen, Gibbons, Tallis, Bruckner, Britten, Bingham, Jackson and more. The eight day course costs £350 per person and includes free tickets to all JAM on the Marsh festival concerts and events. Apply via www.jamconcert.org/jam-on-the-marsh/choral-course or Tel 0800 988 7984
19 - 20 July

The Guildhall Jazz Summer School

The Jazz Singers' Weekend - A unique large group workshop for singers from all backgrounds, working on jazz, gospel, African and world music. Led over two days by Scott StromanJazz Faculty staff and guests, it culminates in a concert with a great band on the Sunday night. No music reading necessary—all learned and performed by ear! 

Fees - Singers’ Weekend
Residential option 1: £223 (available from Saturday 19th PM bed, breakfast and evening meal)
Residential option 2: £203 (check in available from Saturday 19th 4pm, bed and breakfast)
Non-residential: £120

Suitable for anyone aged 12 and over. There is no upper age limit for the Jazz Summer School.

Apply
Applications are now open. 
Apply here.

Cancellation
A refund of fees can only be issued if written notification for a cancellation is received by Friday 13 June 2014. No refunds will be offered after this date unless a medical certificate is produced.

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

Frequently asked questions
Read frequently asked questions about the Jazz Summer School.

We have a great team of experienced and inspirational tutors! In 2014 both courses will be led by Scott Stroman, include Jazz Faculty staff and invited guests.

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 

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

20 - 26 July

The ECE Week Course takes place in Dore Abbey and is inclusive of fine dining, evening events and an arts exhibition. The course, now in its 8th year, is aimed at experienced singers and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of George Dyson’s death with Nebuchadnezzar as the centre-piece of the course. There is some time each afternoon, between rehearsals, to relax and enjoy the countryside and history of this tranquil and beautiful area.

The Consort is a chamber choir of volunteers from the course who sing the beautiful service of Compline twice in the Abbey during the week and also at the Sunday morning Eucharist at the end of the week.

From the Director: "Come and join us. Great music, great location, great company, wonderful add-ons like the beautiful art exhibition and evening events, great food (wine included!) Simply the best choral courses on the market!"

These courses, which offer a unique opportunity  for lovers of singing and English music, are set in a glorious location and are directed by the renowned leading choral director Paul Spicer.

21 - 25 July

Guildhall School of Music and Drama A Cappella Choral Course. Our A Cappella Choral course spans 400 years of English choral history from the Reformation to the 2nd English Renaissance. The course will include madrigals from Musica Transalpina I of 1588 which had a profound effect on the development of the English School of composition in Renaissance England. Yonge, who published this collection, is historically connected to the City of London, and worked as a lay clerk (singer) at St Paul’s Cathedral and lived within walking distance of the old St Paul’s. Works by renaissance composers Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland, Morley, Weelkes and Purcell through to the Second English Musical Renaissance composers Vaughan Williams, Parry, Elgar, Holst and Britten.

A Cappella Choral is suitable for anyone with choral singing experience. Attendees can expect to sight read and polish vocal material from these periods, learn and better understand trends and influences which helped shape the music of these times. The course will, through practice, sharpen skills which make for a higher quality of singing and performance. Participants will then perform a selection of songs worked on in nearby St Giles’ Cripplegate.

Fees
Residential Option 1: £673 (Bed, breakfast and evening meal)
Residential Option 2: £613 (Bed and breakfast)
Non-residential: £365

Dates
Monday 21 – Friday 25 July 2014

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. 

Apply
Applications are now open. 
Apply here.

Cancellation
A refund of fees can only be issued if written notification for a cancellation is received by Friday 20 June 2014. No refunds will be offered after this date unless a medical certificate is produced.

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.

23 - 27 July

International Oratorio Choir workshop, Montecatini Therme (Italy) We will work on  Gioacchino Rossini’s Stabat Mater. This is the central piece of church music written by this Italian opera composer. It is based on a mediaeval poem called Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Following Italian traditions of church music, Rossini divided the mediaeval sequence in Stabat Mater into clearly separated solo and ensemble movements. The care with which he undertook this task is reflected in the fact that he used no material from earlier works whatsoever. Stabat Mater contains both operatic elements and features of church music: lively melodic patterns and dynamic rhythms can be found alongside contrapuntal sections composed in the old style.

The region presents a wonderful spectacle of natural luminescence and colours for an unforgettable musical event. The final concert will be held in front of the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta in Montecatini Terme (Italy) on 26 July 2014 at 22:00 hrs within the context of the 6th International Toscana Music Festival. More information about these projects: www.choral-workshops.com

26 July - 2 August

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon – south of France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : German Romantic music - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Johannes Brahms. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

2 - 9 August Alpine Music present a week of Choral music making in Les Collons, Valais, Switzerland.  Suitable for individual singers, groups or couples. Book now on 07802 631157 or email info@alpinemusic.co.uk or visit www.alpinemusic.co.uk
3 - 9 August

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop for conductors, music teachers or students in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon – south of France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : Spanish Renaissance music - Tomas Luis de Victoria. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

17 - 23 August Singing week at Trogir, the beautiful old Venetian port on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. Choral singers of all ages and nationalities are warmly invited to join this week of early music 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 create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

Programme: The English in Exile
Peter Philips ~ Ave Jesu Christe, Ecce vicit Leo, O nomen Jesu
Richard Deering ~ Ave verum corpus, Ardens est cor meum, Factum est silentium
William Byrd ~ Quomodo cantabimus, Ne irascaris Domine
Philippe de Monte ~ Super flumina Babylonis

For more information visit: www.lacock.org/

24 - 28 August

Hereford Cathedral Of all the cathedrals in the UK, Hereford seems to be a great favourite with choral singers. I’ve been asked many times to organize trips there and and now I’m delighted that, through Choral Holidays, we are able to do so. 

Our task is a simple one; sing choral evensong on 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th August in this wonderful building which is the home of a community that has worshipped continuously for well over 1200 years. And, as we are there for several days, we get to sample that wonderful feeling of becoming part of the Cathedral on a day to day basis, and to enjoy the sensation of becoming part of history as our voices mingle with those of the people who have sung there before throughout the last 1200 years.

The great thing about this holiday is that we get to prepare for each of the services thoroughly, but, as there is only one service on any given day, it’s all fairly relaxed. The price of the holiday includes your music, a learning CD and your tuition. It does not include food or accommodation.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting comfortable with being the choir of a cathedral. we invite you to come along and join us on what will be an unforgettable trip. For more details see www.choralholidays.com/hereford.

31 August - 6 September

Rimini International Choral Workshop with Peter Phillips. The workshop will feature Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum. More details https://www.facebook.com/riminichoralworkshop

8 - 13 September JIMENA de la FRONTERA MUSIC WEEK led by Eamonn Dougan. A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a small pueblo blanco in southern Spain. We rehearse a programme of  renaissance music for a concert at the end of the week. 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. For more information visit: www.lacock.org/
10 - 12 October

Choral Weekend at Sneaton Castle, Whitby. Haydn's "Creation".  Promoted by "Music Matters". Gareth Green (Musical Director). Lots of singing. Great fun. Lovely location. For further details see www.mmcourses.co.uk or phone 01226 752738.

12 - 19 October

The "Singing Danube – Choral Performance Cruise“ features picturesque and outstanding landscapes of the Danube region combined with a high standard cruise. We will give the possibility to your choir to share incredible and intense moments of music with other singers aboard. The artistic content is designed by musicians for musicians and will offer you the possibility to sing on land in inspiring venues.

Artistic director Diego Lenger (Argentina) will be part of the tour and use his extensive expertise to ensure smooth operations and high educational content. Moreover guest-director Prof. Volker Hempfling (Germany) will join the “Singing Danube Cruise” and give you professional guidance.  

Below the important points regarding the educational and artistic content:

• High educational content designed by international choral experts

• International artistic director and guest conductor

• Exclusive river-related song concept

• Land & on board performances

• Inspiring performance venues

This cruise is mostly dedicated to pre-existing choirs. Although individual singers are welcome and would be dispatched into the constituted choirs.

Non-singers that would like to accompany a relative, friends, etc. can also join the cruise. Specific / alternative activities could be proposed to them during the tour.

There is no age limit. A general presentation in English is available on this website. A detailed Pdf-description in English including pricing is available here.

Contact: PDM Tourism Group, Neubaugasse 68/2/20 | 1070 Vienna | Austria T +43 1 478 80 90 - 130 | F +43 1 478 80 90 – 41 E office@pdmtourismgroup.com| www.pdmtourismgroup.com | Facebook

15-19 October

International Oratorio Choir Workshop , Riva del Garda (Italy). We will work together on Mozart's Coronation Mass. The Coronation Mass in C major (KV 317) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was most probably composed for the Easter service of 1779 at the Salzburg Cathedral. Immediately after his death this church composition, which was probably Mozart’s most popular, became the preferred mass setting for services at imperial and royal coronations as well as at thanksgiving services.   

The festive symphonic elements and the clear separation of solo and choir voices are typical of this mass. Through its musical expressiveness it surpasses all other Salzburg masses. The rehearsals will take place besides Lake Garda. The lake presents a wonderful spectacle of natural luminescence and colours for an unforgettable musical event. The final concert will be held in Riva del Garda (Italy) on 18 October 2014 within the context of the 8th International Lago di Garda Music Festival. 

More information about these projects: www.choral-workshops.com

15 - 20 October

Singing Holidays present their Palermo Singing Break 2014. This is a 5 night Singing Break. We’ll be staying right in the heart of the old city in small, boutique accommodation. Our mornings will commence with a warm up designed to improve your breathing and physical awareness before moving on to our group singing session.

After a delicious lunch and some free time in the afternoon we’ll have a further group rehearsal before hitting the city nightlife! By the time we’ve strolled through the warm old streets of Palermo, breathed in the delicious smells of barbecued street food our taste buds will be near bursting as we cosy up in one of the many family run trattoria.

 

As always with Singing Holidays you can be assured that wherever we eat, wherever we go, we have personally researched every experience so you can enjoy the ultimate holiday and the very best of everything. For more details visit http://singingholidays.com/portfolio/palermo-singing-break/

Ongoing

Singing & Voice Workshops in the Cotswolds - Farncombe Estate Centre, Broadway, Worcestershire. Weekend workshops in the Cotswolds for all vocal styles and abilities.  Excellent standard of tuition. Optional accommodation. Details Tel 01386 854100.  Free brochure available. Contact: Annette Morris http://farncombecourses.co.uk/our-courses/category/singing-and-voice-workshops/#.U0fMEk1OVoI

 

Ongoing

Voice for Life provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, their musical understanding and their knowledge of repertoire. Intended for choirs of all kinds, whether in schools, churches, or in the community, it is:

  • A structured guide to vocal training

  • Based on graded targets with informal assessment

  • Complete with supporting resources to enable teachers and choir trainers to deliver the programme with confidence

  • Designed for use in schools, churches and other community choirs

  • Easy to use with clear layout

  • Fully compatible with the RSCM Bronze, Silver & Gold singing awards

Ongoing

London Community Gospel Workshop Choir This is a community workshop choir that meets once a week for anyone who would like to learn to sing in a gospel style. Gospel music is undoubtedly spiritual in nature and requires expression of feeling, using body, mind and spirit. We believe it is something that everyone can share in regardless of race, beliefs and abilities. Participants will learn gospel singing as an art-form and improve their proficiency in singing. The most important requirement on this course is the desire to learn, bags of enthusiasm and the willingness to experiment and conquer inhibitions. The course will run for 8 weeks and includes a public performance at the end....more