Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

 
2015  
   
22 April - 13 May 2015

10 June - 1 July 2015

The Community Choir is a series of vocal sessions in which you will develop your singing skills as part of a vocal ensemble. During the eight week workshop you will learn and develop a number of arrangements and will gain skills, confidence and understanding about how the various parts are put together and then performed.

Venue:                         Chickenshed Theatre

Address:                      290 Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE

Box Office:                 020 8292 9222

E-mail:                         bookings@chickenshed.org.uk

Website:                      www.chickenshed.org.uk

The Community Choir is open to anyone who would like to take part regardless of previous experience. No knowledge of music or technique is required. All you need to participate is an interest in singing and plenty of enthusiasm.

Community Choir

Dates:                         

Wed 22 Apr – Wed 13 May

Wed 10 Jun – Wed 1 Jul

Times: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Cost:  £60 (£8.50 pay as you go)

Age:   21+

Duration: 2hrs 

 
26 April 2015

CoMA Voices Workshop: Exploring contemporary vocal music. This workshop is part of the CoMA Open Score project. We will be exploring six brand new compositions for flexible vocal ensemble by postgraduate students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. We will be working with the composers to share in the creative process of producing exciting and original choral works. The pieces will be varied in style and we will round off the day with an informal performance for the composers.

 

The workshop will be led by Sarah Leonard, a leading interpreter of contemporary vocal music and Musical Director of CoMA Voices. Sarah’s encouraging approach has helped many people develop their singing potential and understanding of contemporary music. This is the seventh year of this popular series of workshops at Trinity Laban. Previous experience of contemporary vocal music is not necessary.

 

Time and place: 10:30 to 17:00 on Sunday 26 April 2015 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Greenwich, London. Cost: £20 (£15 concessions) for CoMA members. Booking: contact Mick Kahn on 020 7249 5139 or voices@coma.org

 

CoMA Voices is one of the ensembles of Contemporary Music for All, which promotes participation in contemporary music for musicians of all abilities. See www.coma.org

 
8 - 10 May 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Alix (Beaujolais - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire PALESTRINA. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
10 May 2015

"Spring into Song" If you enjoy singing with others then Opus 44, Bingley based, award winning, female choir is hosting an Upper Voice Choral Workshop on Sunday May 10th 2015,  from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Bingley Little Theatre Studio, BD16 2LZ. The cost, including music hire and light refreshments, is £15 and £7.50 for students

This is an exciting opportunity to sing with Opus 44s inspiring Choral Director, Alison Pryce-Jones, graduate of RNCM and the London Opera Centre, founder member of Opera North, singing teacher and experienced musical director for all age groups. During the day Alison will introduce a varied and enjoyable repertoire of songs for upper voices to improve vocal technique and choral singing skills, whilst having fun with like-minded people. 

If you wish to enjoy a day sharing super music then, for further details about attending the Singing Day, and to obtain an application form, please contact: Sue Waring: Tel: 01274 617118.  Email: opus44singing@outlook.com Web site: www.opus44.org.uk

 
16 May 2015 Choral Workshop with Voces8. Using the Voces8 Choral method. 12.30pm - 4.00pm. Registration and lunch (bring your own) 12.30pm. Workshop 1.30pm - 4.30pm. This is a very special opportunity to work - and have fun - with one of the most dynamic and exciting groups on the scene; definitely not to be missed. We hope you will join us for this event - tell your friends and bring the family. Booking via www.slms.org.uk or through Northcote Music, Northcote Road SW11. There will be cakes and tea. Tickets £10.Under 18's free. Saturday 16th May 7.30pm St Luke's Church Thurleigh Road, SW12 8RQ. Voces8 in concert performing their repertoire. www.slms.org.uk or Northcote Music, Northcote Road, SW11
 
22 - 24 May 2015

West Gallery Music with Francis Roads. Due to popular demand, Francis Roads returns for another of his courses on West Gallery Music. The music is joyful, rewarding and easy church music, sung in town and country during the 18th and 19th centuries to whatever instrumental accompaniment might be available. Francis Roads’s course is especially suitable for singers who feel that they need practice in holding a part, and players of wind and bowed string instruments who would welcome ensemble experience. West Gallery music will be of special interest to choirs looking to expand their repertoire with straightforward but rewarding material Tutor website: www.rodingmusic.co.uk

Resident: £265 Non-resident: £190  Code: 15/246 - 25% discount for Under 27s:   Resident: £198.75 Non-resident: £142.50 For more information and to book please visit www.benslowmusic.org

 
23 May 2015

Singing Day with Paul Mealor - St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh. Join us in Edinburgh for a day exploring the music of celebrated composer Paul Mealor. Repertoire will include Wherever You Are, Sleep On, In Flanders Fields and My Song. Bring your own lunch - tea and coffee will be provided. Price: £15 abcd members, £20 non-members. Book online at https://www.abcd.org.uk/events/191/Singing+Day+with+Paul+Mealor

 
23 - 30 May 2015

Unique choral holiday / workshop in France. Benefit from Neil Mackenzie's 30 years at the forefront of choral music with the BBC Singers and The Sixteen, while enjoying the comfort and tranquillity of a first-class hotel set in the idyllic western coast of Europe. Just four places left for good amateur singers.

The course affords an opportunity to explore a lovely corner of Brittany, while developing your choral skills in a friendly supportive group. Repertoire will include works by Lassus, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Gershwin, Whitacre and Vaughan Williams.

The hotel has an award-winning Chef and luxury spa facilities. Non-singing partners welcome. For full details please email:-  neil@thechoir.eu

 
25 - 27 May 2015

The Royal School of Church Music residential Spring Course for Young People (aged 8 to 15) will take place at Sneaton Castle Centre in Whitby.  Directed by Andrew Reid, this course provides three days of intensive training for young singers, and will be particularly useful for those working towards RSCM Voice for Life awards.  It includes a wide range of choral training, including care and development of the voice.  Cost £230. For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015SYP.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 
25 - 30 May 2015

Pennine Spring Music -Enjoy a singing holiday during Spring Bank Holiday week 25-30 May 2015, in the Pennine hilltop village of Heptonstall. A choir of amateur singers (SATB) is formed for the week, with participants coming from all parts of the country. Rehearsals are directed by Keith Orrell and performances of Handel: Coronation Anthems 1&3 and Rutter: Requiem will be accompanied by the Pennine Spring Orchestra whilst Schubert: Partsongs and Whitacre: Seal Lullaby will be sung during a chamber concert. All details www.penninespringmusic.co.uk or ring Secretary, Jean Leach 01422 843995

 
30 May 2015

Big Sing Day with Bob Chilcott - 11:00 to 17:00 (doors open at 10:00) Clarke Hall Building, Richmond School

A day-long choral workshop directed by the eminent composer and former King’s Singer, Bob Chilcott, with pianist David Murray. A variety of music will be rehearsed, including Wide Open Spaces, by the exciting young Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, and Bob's own compositions: Furusato (Japanese folk songs), Hymns from the Passion and Five Days that Changed the World. Everyone is welcome and sight-reading ability is not essential.

Tea, coffee and bottled water will be available free of charge throughout the day, but please bring a packed lunch. Music scores will be provided; please bring a £10 cash deposit which will be returned when you hand in your music at the end. Advanced booking is essential. Adult £20 ▫ Under 19 £3.00 - Generously supported by Richmondshire Choral Society

 
6 June 2015 Choral Day with Choir 2000 at Histon Baptist Church. Haydn - Nelson Mass and Mozart - Ave Verum conducted by Mark Williams, Director of Music Jesus College Cambridge. Enrolment fee £15.00 (under 18s Free. 9.30 - 10.00 enrolment. 10.00 - 3.45 rehearsal (with 90 minute lunch break). Concert 4.15 - 5.00 pm. Your may bring your own packed lunch or for £7.00 enjoy a hog roast (or vegetarian option) For more information Tel 01223 475393 or 01223 561635 or email info2000@choir2000.org
 
9 June 2015

Come and Sing Day with John Rutter at St George's School Assembly Hall, Sun Lane, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 4TD. John Rutter, inspirational composer and choral conductor, will lead one of his famous singing days. Together we will work on a range of music: the morning session on classical favourites from Byrd to Mozart to the modern day, and then after lunch on John's favourites from his own output.
This is a rare chance to meet the UK's most successful composer and to sing with one of the most influential musicians of our time. John is known for his encouraging, engaging approach to choral singing – as well as the insight you might expect from a musician of world renown!
Don't miss your chance to join us for what is sure to be an extremely popular workshop day. 

Start 10:30am through to 5pm. Tickets £20 (£15 under-18s and students),

Group bookings of 10 or more £15 per person (£10 under-18s and students). Lea Singers Friends 20% off.To book phone George Darley on 01707 377029 or email tickets@leasingers.co.uk

 
29 June - 3 July

Vocal Inspiration Singing Course Morland Hall, Cumbria.

Designed and Directed by Wilma MacDougall, this course "Singing....with all the best ingredients" is for all level of singer and offers both group workshops: sight singing, listening skills to help choral singing, daily ensemble singing and group warm up and more, plus individual tuition, coaching, masterclass and private concert.

Cost includes all tuition, music, accommodation at award winning country eastate, all food (freshly prepared by professional cook), and wine with dinner.

Further information and details: www.vocalinspiration.co.uk

 
4 - 10 July 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : MORLEY and MONTEVERDI. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
6 - 11 July 2015

The King’s Singers Summer School - Royal Holloway, University of London Calling all vocal ensembles and individual singers! A unique and incredible opportunity -  working with each of The King's Singers personally and individually over the course of the week, honing skills and helping to enjoy a lifetime of ensemble singing at a higher level than may have previously imagined! 

The gents are thrilled to be joined by Dr Stephen Darlington and Eric Whitacre. Stephen will focus an afternoon discussing and singing extracts of the richly illuminated manuscript collection of English sacred music composed during the late fifteenth century, The Eton Choirbook. Eric will run a workshop on his critically acclaimed pieces Sleep and Seal Lullaby. An incredible opportunity to understand & perform these works with the composer, absorbing his passion behind the works.

With sung Compline in the RHUL Chapel, a Gala concert & dinner on the final evening, and lots of fun social events too during the evenings including a welcome BBQ and pub quiz, it’s set to be a rewarding week!

Perfect for formed ensembles, this is also the ideal opportunity for members of large choirs, to form smaller ensembles with vocal colleagues; learn the precision, shaping and ensemble techniques which can then be shared with colleagues to enrich collective music-making.

Individuals can also apply by completing the relevant application form, send a recording of an unaccompanied English folk song, and the group will consider the application for possible inclusion in a specially formed ensemble for the summer school.

Full details, including a provisional schedule for the week & how to apply, can be found at KS Summer School.

 
11 - 12 July 2015 ”Beyond the Notes” A 2-day non-residential upper-voice workshop with Mary King hosted by Libricini, at the Anteros Arts Foundation (formerly the King of Hearts) Fye Bridge Street, Norwich.

Mary's multi-faceted career encompasses roles as performer, coach, writer and broadcaster. She is a regular guest analyst for the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and has given masterclasses across the UK across a wide range of musical styles.

This workshop will appeal to singers, covering many aspects of performance: technical aspects, communication and energy. It has been designed for small numbers (a maximum of 30), and will culminate in a short "showcase" performance for family and friends.

Cost £95 (£60 deposit required on booking) For more information, or to book, please contact Carole Wyatt on 07817 200436.
 
11 - 18 July 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : BYRD, BRAHMS, VILLETTE and GENTILINI. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
1 - 8 August 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon – south of France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : HOMILIUS. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
2 - 8 August 2015

CoMA Contemporary Music Summer School 2015 at High Melton, near Doncaster, Yorkshire

Tutored by some of the UK's leading performers and composers, the Summer School provides an exhilarating and supportive environment for exploring new repertoires, developing music-making skills and forging new and enduring friendships. This year's tutors will be Caroline Balding (violin), Chris Brannick (percussion), Emily Bloom (recorder), Tansy Davies (composition), Clare Hammond (piano), Sophie Harris (cello), Stuart Hazelton (ensemble), Rebecca Lenton (flute), Sarah Leonard (voice), Janet Oates (voice), Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Gregory Rose (voice and ensemble), James Weeks (voice and ensemble).

 

What makes us so different is the sheer range and quality of musical experiences offered and the phenomenal commitment, expertise and generosity that can only come from musicians who are at the top of their profession. If you are looking for a summer school that is regularly described by participants as inspirational, life enhancing and confidence boosting, then look no further. The CoMA Allcomers Summer School has a proven track record of changing lives – for the better! An eclectic mix of concerts, workshops and orchestral options offers musicians of varying skills and interests a multitude of new musical experiences, as participants and audiences. Our venue at High Melton is set on a scarp overlooking the Deane Valley, and offers the use of a Saxon Church a well as rehearsal spaces, a theatre and practice rooms.

 

We provide for all musicians, be they composers, singers and/or instrumentalists. Most sessions accommodate a wide range of abilities - late starters as well as very experienced musicians and music teachers. Some options require no previous experience. Others are better suited to the ambitious and well-practiced.

Teachers who have attended previously have received financial support from their schools as part of their in-service training in recognition of the immense benefit they gain from summer school with its many examples of new music and practice.

See www.coma.org/summermusic for full details.

 
3 - 9 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music Residentiary Choir for Adults takes place at Rochester Cathedral this year and is directed by Scott Farrell.  Entry to the choir is by audition, and there are a few vacancies - tenors are particularly welcome! Cost £190 for tuition, with additional food and accommodation charges. For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015RES.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 
9 - 16 August 2015

Ristretto Summer Choral Workshop in the South of France! Gentlemen, we have a few places available on our summer school in Provence August 9/16. Led by Errol Girdlestone, international conductor and choir master and founder member of the Hilliard Ensemble, this intensive a cappella week is for good sight readers who want to focus on singing to a high level and enjoying the food and wine of the south of France near Avignon! Repertoire for 2015: Frank Martin Songs of Ariel, Vaughan Williams Shakespeare Songs, John Shepherd Filiae Hierusalem and Thomas Tallis Laudate Dominum omnes gentes  & In jejunio et fletu. Cost: 270 euros. Hotel accommodation can be arranged. Contact Kate at choralsummer@aol.com. For further information www.http://ristrettovoices.com/en/forthcoming/summer-school/

 
8 - 15 August 2015

Sacred Choral Course with Ivor Setterfield. Announcing a fantastic choral singing holiday for 2015, taking place at Palazzo Mannocchi, in the beautiful Marche region of Italy. Built in the 17th century, this historic building is adorned with frescoed ceilings, antique furniture, two swimming pools, hot tubs, and several terraces, all of which enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Le Marche is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite Renaissance art and architecture, unspoilt countryside and gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fantastic region has to offer, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Urbino, a chance to explore the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, and a trip to the pilgrimage city of Loreto.

This will be our 18th 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 the church at Petritoli.  Full details and booking information: www.heliconarts.co.uk/2015-courses Telephone 03333 444564

 
9 - 15 August 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run 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 : POULENC, MESSIAEN, VILLETTE, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS and BRITTEN. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
10 - 16 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir (MYC) offers special opportunities for young people (between 16 and 23 years) to sing the widest and most exciting range of sacred music. Membership is through audition (tenors and bases are particularly welcome!) and courses are held during the Easter and Summer holidays. The summer course will be at Winchester Cathedral. To find out more visit, http://www.rscm.com/myc/index.php or email myc@rscm.com

 

15 - 22 August 2015

Secular Choral Course with Mary King. Announcing a fantastic choral singing holiday for 2015, taking place at Palazzo Mannocchi, in the beautiful Marche region of Italy. Built in the 17th century, this historic building is adorned with frescoed ceilings, antique furniture, two swimming pools, hot tubs, and several terraces, all of which enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Le Marche is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite Renaissance art and architecture, unspoilt countryside and gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fantastic region has to offer, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Urbino, a chance to explore the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, and a trip to the pilgrimage city of Loreto.

This course will be our third 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 concert in the theatre in Petritoli. Full details and booking information: www.heliconarts.co.uk/2015-courses Telephone 03333 444564

 
17-23 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music residential Summer Course for Young People (aged 8-24) will take place at Kingswood School in Bath.  Directed by Tansy Castledine, this ever popular course will provide a wide range of choral training, including the care and development of the voice and will be particularly helpful for those preparing for the RSCM awards. Cost £410. For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015BYP.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 
17-23 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Courses for Boys, Girls and Young Adults are auditioned parallel courses for boy and girl trebles, taking place at Durham Cathedral, directed by Andrew Reid.  Young adults sing the lower voices, supported by professional singers – an ideal opportunity for those exploring the choral scholar and lay-clerk pathway into cathedral music. Cost £475 trebles, £395 ATB.  For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015BYP.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 

 
19 - 23 August 2015

Three British conductors are leading a residential singing course in Spain. Peter Phillips (director of the Tallis Scholars), Rupert Damerell (director of Zenobia Consort) and Alexander Campkin (director of the Oxbridge Singers).  

This will take place from 19 to 23 August 2015 with two concerts on the 22 and 23 August. It is located in the stunning monastery of St Tomas, in Avila just outside Madrid. The repertoire is music for triple choir by the Avilan composers Tomas Luis de Victoria and Sebastian de Vivanco, contemporaries of Saint Teresa, in the 500th anniversary year of her birth.  

Places are limited; find out more information and apply here: http://zenobiamusica.com/ppaugust15en/ or email: zenobiacursos@gmail.com

 
2 - 4 October 2015

Royal School of Church Music Singing Break for Adults in Salisbury.  Adults (aged 18 and over) of all levels are welcome to attend this course held in a gloriously picturesque setting. This course is organised by the director and booking is through the venue. For more information and booking details visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015SBA.php 

 
13 - 18 October

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop on Lake Garda (Italy) - 13-18 October 2015

W. A. Mozart - Requiem

Which piece will be worked on together?

The Requiem Mass in D minor (KV 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s is his final composition. Even though only two-thirds actually originate from Mozart himself, it is one of his best loved and admired works. Mozart died while writing the Mass. The piece was completed by his two students, Eybler and Süßmayr. The genesis and quality of later additions have been hotly debated for a long time. The strange circumstances in which the work was commissioned, and the chronological connection between this requiem mass and Mozart’s rather early death has also inspired countless legends.

Where will the rehearsals be held?

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.

Where and when the concert will take place?

The concert will be held in Riva del Garda (Italy) on 17 October 2015 within the context of the 9th International Lago di Garda Music Festival.

More information about this project: http://www.choral-workshops.com/

 
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 

0044 (0)1462 459446 • info@benslowmusic.org    www.benslowmusic.org