Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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2018  
   
Dates negotiable Sing in Italy - A Choral Workshop for your choir. Maximum flexibility - you chose your tour dates and the length of you stay. Rehearse and sing with local choirs. Workshop programme tailored to your choir's requirements. The base for the choral workshops is the well-appointed Eremo dei Pietro e Paolo, a retreat house of the diocese of Brescia. Situated in the hills of Bienno, a small town always featured on the list of the most beautiful small towns of Italy. All bedrooms are ensuite. Full board or half board. No single room supplements. Budget flights to Bergamo (Orio al Serio) or British Airways flights to Verona. For more details and prices contact Anthony Weaver at Choirs beyond Dover; email retreats@dircon.co.uk  
 
27 January 2018

Bath Bach Choir present a Choral Workshop working on Christopher Wood Requiem.  St Michael’s Without, Bath, BA1 5LJ  9.30am - 5.pm. Ticket/Info: £25.  via  workshops@bathbackchoir.org.uk

 
29 January - 1 February 2018

Finding your Voice in English Folk Song - Tutor: Hazel Askew
There are a wealth of traditional English folk songs, from lyrical tales of love and loss to ancient dark ballads, jolly tales of sailors and pirates to fantastical tales of the supernatural! Spend the course finding your inner folk singer and exploring stylistic techniques, listening to archive recordings of traditional singers and creating your own vocal harmonies. Workshops will be taught as a class with lots of opportunity for working in smaller groups and learning useful tools for solo singing, and we'll be working alongside the Building a Folk Band course so there will be the chance for collaboration. No previous experience of singing folk songs is required and songs will be learnt by ear with texts provided. The fee also includes a ticket to Laurel Swift and Hazel Askew’s concert on Tuesday 30 January.http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1944

 
3 February 2018

Singing Day with Guildford Choral, led by Jonathan Willcocks = JS Bach, Mass in B Minor - 10am - 5pm, Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Surrey, GU3 2DD.

The cost is £20 per person (£10 for students). If you already have your own copy of the music please do bring it along. Otherwise, a copy will be provided for you on arrival at the hall at no extra cost. Registration 10am, informal performance 3.45pm. Finish around 5pm. Ploughman's lunch option available for £5, or bring your own lunch. Register online via our website: www.guildfordchoral.org.
Please contact singingday@guildfordchoral.org with your queries, or phone 01252 703468.

 
3 February 2018

Ladybrook Singers Singing day at Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley St, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4JQ 10 am - 4 pm.
Vivaldi's Gloria, traditional songs and popular music.  Emphasis on improving your vocal technique. MD: Alison Bletcher, Accompanist:  Celia Maylor. Cost: £15, Students and members £10 Enquiries: 0161 485 6642 Visit www.ladybrooksingers.co.uk

 
3 - 4 February 2018

Dartington Community Choir - Two day non residential workshop with guest conductor Scott Stroman, soloist Catherine Hamilton and pianist Kristian Lindberg. Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon.We will be singing Poulenc's Gloria and  Scott Stroman's Songs for the Seasons, a new song cycle based on poems by Enid Blyton. World premiere of version for mixed choir.

Bookings and enquiries:online www.dartington-community-choir.co.uk
telephone: 01803 813268email: cath@coombefishacre.co.uk

Choral Fee £55, (£50 DCC members, £30 under 18s)Accommodation available at Dartington Hall if required. 

 
7, 14 & 21 February 2018

FREE course in female a cappella harmony singing with Harmony InSpires in Appleton, near Oxford
The course will take place over 3 evenings from 7:30 – 10:00pm.
If you have enjoyed singing at some stage in your life but let it lapse, now is your opportunity to re-vitalise that hobby. Or maybe you currently sing but would like to try a different voice part, or have a go at singing in 4 part unaccompanied harmony. 
On this 3 week course, you will learn about developing good vocal technique, sing with other like-minded students, and hopefully have lots of fun!! Learning tracks are provided, so the ability to read music is not essential.

More information at www.harmonyinspires.org or Email sing@harmonyinspires.org
 
9 - 11 March 2018

Madsongs and Particles - Tutor: Peter Broadbent
We are delighted to welcome back Peter Broadbent for another choral weekend. This year we will enjoy madrigals from the Renaissance by Morley, Tomkins and Monteverdi and part-songs and opera choruses by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Sullivan and Rutter. A weekend of love, life and humour not to be missed!
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1973

 
10 March 2018 LSO Choral Singing Day: Tippett´s A Child of our Time 11am–4.30pm LSO St Luke´s, London. Come and spend the day getting to know Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the London Symphony Orchestra´s Choral Director, Simon Halsey. LSO Choral Singing Days are the perfect opportunity to explore iconic choral works, whether you're looking to rekindle your interest or are a regular singer. You’ll be guided through the work by Simon Halsey, gaining in-depth knowledge as you go, and singing alongside members of the London Symphony Chorus. And being part of a 300-strong chorus of voices is more than just a workshop, but a social occasion too – why not bring friends along for a great day out, or come along and meet new people? The day will be accompanied by piano and will culminate in an informal performance. Some sight-singing ability is required. £20 (£16 concessions) + booking fee* (includes music hire) Tickets for the afternoon performance cost £5 + booking fee* Buy online now: https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2018/03/10/731/-/choral-singing-day-a-child-of-our-time.html
 
4 - 11 April 2018

Paul Spicer’s English Choral Experience ABROAD - in Domaine du Fauré, Gensac, France A week of fine choral singing, good food, convivial company and in beautiful surroundings.Experience an inspirational choral course under the leadership of Paul Spicer who is one of the UK’s most influential choral conductors. Excellent food and wine is included with wonderful accommodation and French-style living. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Abroad-course.php

 
9 - 15 April 2018

The Benslow Baroque Opera: Rameau's Les Indes Galantes
Tutors: Dionysios Kyropoulos, Julian Perkins, Judy Tarling,
Henrik Persson, Andrew Radley
Our Baroque Opera Project returns in 2018 with Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. We are delighted to welcome back Dionysios Kyropoulos, a specialist in historical acting and Baroque opera, for this production, which will feature scenes from this colourful and vibrant work (complete with an earthquake and volcanic eruption!). Our team of tutors is led by the musical duo of Julian Perkins and Judy Tarling, with Henrik Persson providing the all-important continuo tuition, and Andrew Radley, our vocal coach. We are seeking competent Baroque players with period instruments at A=415 (flutes, oboes, bassoons, trumpet, strings and continuo) and choral singers who are able to learn their lines before the course, and in early 2018 we will be auditioning singers – who must be of a professional standard – for the solo roles. The course begins at 4pm on the Monday and will culminate with a semi-staged performance in French in front of a public audience on the evening of Saturday 14 April.
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1983

 
5 - 6 May 2018 Paul Spicer’s ECE Camerata - in the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester For expert amateur singers focusing on Bach’s motets, Singet dem Herrn and Komm, Jesu, komm. Join Paul Spicer, renowned choral conductor, to perfect and perform these two wonderful but demanding Bach motets in the beautiful setting of the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.  Please note that both motets are very demanding double choir works. We need significant numbers of tenors and basses, and singers will be expected to have thoroughly prepared the music before the weekend. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Bach-course.php
 
18 - 20 May 2018

A Chance to Sing: The Fabulous Gershwins - Tutor: Roger Moon
Once again Roger Moon will lead from the piano an enjoyable weekend of group singing. Two brothers as unlike as potatoes and tomatoes, who together and separately were among the very greatest of that great era of songwriting talent. One flamboyant, one studious; one working to a good age after the other’s tragic early death. No need to be able to read music, although experienced singers have enjoyed the weekend as do beginners and returners: but if you expect a very serious course you might find more of a sing-song! As always, the only prerequisite is a sense of humour. One session will cover other music for a change, and may include participants’ requests if made in advance.
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2008

 
13 - 15 July 2018

Choral Weekend with Jonathan Willcocks - Tutor: Jonathan Willcocks
We are delighted to welcome distinguished conductor and composer Jonathan Willlcocks to direct this course, which will focus on a range of European sacred choral music, including works by Bruckner, Fauré, Mozart and Rachmaninov, together with Jonathan’s own choral music. Please note that you must already have reasonable experience of choral singing to get the most from this course, which is not for beginners.
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2049

 
22 - 28 July 2018

Paul Spicer’s English Choral Experience Abbey Dore Week, Herefordshire. A week of fine choral singing, excellent food and convivial company in the magically situated Dore Abbey. Experience an inspirational choral course under the leadership of renowned choral conductor, Paul Spicer, with the opportunity to join the course Consort. With an extensive multi media exhibition, this week becomes a mini Arts Festival. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/AD-course.php

 
22 - 23 September 2018

Paul Spicer’s ECE Camerata in Durham Castle, County Durham. Be one of around 30 experienced singers joining the renowned choral conductor, Paul Spicer, to perfect and perform choral chamber music in the stunning setting of Durham Castle, which together with Durham Cathedral, forms one of the most famous vistas in Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Durham-course.php

 
20 - 21 October 2018

Paul Spicer’s ECE Camerata in St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, Suffolk. This new departure for Paul Spicer’s Camerata course is aimed at a chamber choir of expert, ambitious and high achieving upper voices (sop/alto) and will take place in the beautiful setting of St Bartholomew’s Church in Orford, Suffolk. Its aim will be to perform high quality music in a place that is so strongly linked to Britten and has premiered several of his works. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Orford-course.php