Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training
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|18 January 2020||Beethoven Mass on C Workshop with Valentine Singers. St Mary´s Church, South Woodford, 207 High Street London E18 2PA.10.00 am - 16.30 pm. This day gives you a chance to sing Beethoven’s first – and revolutionary – mass setting. The day will be led by the choir’s conductor Christine Gwynn with guest pianist Paul Chilvers. To get the most from the day participants should have some experience of part-singing and music-reading. £22 (£10 for full time students and benefit holders) Music copies plus tea and coffee at all breaks will be provided. Advance booking essential. Online booking and further information at https://valentinesingers.org.uk/open-workshop/|
|18 January 2020||
Barcarolle Choir singers and their Music Director, Sam Evans (professional Baritone singer), are delighted to announce their next workshop on Saturday January 18th, 2020. At St Cuthbert’s Earls Court,
50 Philbeach Gardens, London, SW5 9EB.
Adults and young adults women welcome!
|18 January 2020||Winchester Music Club is holding a Vocal Techniques Workshop at the Westgate School, when Claire Williams, assisted by Jamal Sutton, will cover musicianship training for aural skills, a recap of the Accent Breathing Method basics and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Claire will be using extracts from Haydn’s Little Organ Mass as part of the exercises. Music will be available to borrow on the day.
Claire is a professional singer and teacher, who regularly performs as a soloist with choral societies and orchestras around the country, including Southern Sinfonia, Orpheus Orchestra, Amade Players, Musica Poetica and at the St. Endellion Festival, Cornwall. A regular on the opera stage and with numerous projects, she has recently performed during 2019 in Shanghai, Aix-en-Provence and Athens. Jamal Sutton is Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Charterhouse School and previously was Acting Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.
The workshop will be held in the Lower School Hall at The Westgate School, Cheriton Road, Winchester SO22 5AZ. Schedule 2pm Registration 2.30pm - 5pm Workshop (including a break for tea and cake) Tickets are £15 each from Ticketsource
|19 January 2020||John Rutter Come and Sing - Nottingham. After the huge success of the 2019 Come and Sing with John Rutter, there have been many requests for a repeat workshop, so John Rutter will be returning to the Royal Concert Hall for another great day of singing.
If you love singing and can read a bit of music, this inspiring workshop is for you. Led by the celebrated composer and conductor John Rutter, Come and Sing is an afternoon of choral singing designed to lift the spirits. The music will be a mixture of old and new, including some of John Rutter’s own well-loved choral works. Visit https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/come-and-sing-with-john-rutter/
|23 - 26 January 2020||
First Pan-European Orthodox Liturgical Music Conference. London, January 23 to 26, 2020, at the cathedral of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God, Chiswick. The conference will feature lectures by renowned international specialists in Russian Orthodox choral singing and church musicianship, as well as practical workshops, rehearsals, round tables, and a concert by a male quartet from St. Petersburg. The focus is on the history and contemporary issues of liturgical singing in the Orthodox European diaspora of the Russian tradition and possible solutions to common problems. The event welcomes choir conductors, singers, and all others interested in Russian Orthodox choral music.
|25 January 2020||
newCHOIR workshop - BREATHE THE MELODY, Open workshop for choral singers, led by Janet Lincé
With a special focus on Duruflé’s Requiem with excerpts from Byrd’s Mass for four voices and Fauré’s Requiem
|25 January 2020||Hillingdon Choral Society Handel Workshop. Ickenham United Reformed Church, Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, UB10 8BE 1000 - 1600hrs. Come and get a handle on how to handle Handel. Heard all those famous pieces? Now come and sing them plus many more!
Ticket details: £15 to include music, tea and coffee. On the door or email Eirwen Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07941 601966
|8 February 2020||Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in Portsmouth's 'Cathedral by the Sea', with an atmospheric evening performance conducted by the composer. With cello soloist Sarah Gait, soprano Emily Hicks and organist David Price. Visit https://matthewcoleridge.com/portsmouth/|
|8 February 2020||
Stowmarket Chorale, under the music lead of Tom Appleton, will be holding a Singing Day, focusing on Verdi's Requiem, on Saturday 8th February, from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Woolpit Village Hall. The cost for the day is £20 to include music score, buffet lunch and refreshments.
|8 February 2020||
Eastern Early Music Forum Machaut and the Magic of the Medieval Workshop for all voices and instruments, ancient & modern at A=440 Saturday 8 February 2020 St Andrew’s parish hall, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1LW Tutor: Lizzie Gutteridge:
Machaut lived for over 70 years in the 14th century, which in itself is impressive when you consider the famines, plagues and wars that beset Europe during this period. The length of his career helps to explain the breadth of his musical (and poetical) achievements, which include the development of secular song forms which would become the standards for decades to come, such as the rondeau, virelais and ballade, and the composition of the first complete setting of the mass ordinary by a single composer.
Timetable: 10.00 arrival and registration, with refreshments 10.30 first session 12.45 lunch break 14.00 workshop resumes (there will be a short tea break; please bring a mug) 17.00 conclusion
Fees: EEMF (or other EMF) members: £16, non-members: £18, full-time students: free Membership of EEMF costs only £8 per year. Join now by contacting the Membership Secretary Mike Feinson on email@example.com.
|8 February 2020||Singing Day: Brahms Requiem. 10.00 - 17.00 hrs. Normandy Village Hall, Hall Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford GU3 2DD. Our Singing Days are always very popular so please book early. Last time, we sold out and had a waiting list!
This time we will be singing Brahms "Ein deutsches Requiem", in German, under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks.
Entry fee £20 (£10 for students) plus optional £5 for lunch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All of the details and booking information can be found on our website at the link below:https://guildfordchoral.org/events/social-fundraising/brahms-singing-day/
|9 February 2020||
Come and Sing Messiah with Wantage Choral Society. Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, Wantage, OX12 8AQ. The Parish Church is situated on the corner of Market Place and Church Street, Wantage, OX12 8AQ. Conductor: Sebastian Thomson. Accompanist: Ben Giddens
2.00 pm Registration
Singers: £12 Singers under 18: £6 - Audience: £12Under 14s free if accompanied by an adult.Net Proceeds to: Sweatbox & Music For Autism. For further information anfd a booking form email: email@example.com
|15 February 2020||
Come and be Inspired by the Sea in all its moods.Singers in all voice parts and of every level of ability are invited to join Chester Music Society for a full day of relaxation, learning and performing excerpts from Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, together with shanties and other nautical sing-alongs. The King's School, Chester.10.00am Fee of £20 includes all score hire. A full prospectus and application form is available via our website: www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk. You can also telephone 0151 336 5088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|15 February 2020||
Choral workshop with Exeter Philharmonic Choir. Hilary Davan Wetton will be leading a workshop on Handel Coronation Anthems in the Mint Methodist Church, Exeter. More details can be found on www.exephil.org.uk
|16 February 2020||
Zimbe! African songs arranged by Alexander L'Estrange. Stone Choral Society invite all singers to take this opportunity to work with one of Staffordshire´ best Musical Directors, Harriet Johnson, and to explore the collection of songs in Zimbe! Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly welcome at Manor Hill First School, Manor Rise, Stone ST15 0HY 10.00am - 16.00pm
Cost £12 including music hire. Free for students in full time education. The day will include regular breaks with tea and coffee but bring your own lunch. Reserve your place by tel 07792 265572 or email email@example.com
|29 February 2020||
Choral Workshop Day with Portsmouth Choral Union. Trafalgar School, London Road, Portsmouth PO2 9RJ, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take a leap at the Matthew Passion! Do join us for this inspiring event which is guaranteed to lift the winter gloom! St Matthew Passion in a day.
Portsmouth Choral Union and David Gostick are delighted to host a choral workshop on J.S. Bach’s masterpiece. Don’t miss this immersive experience which will draw you into the drama and beauty of this story. You will be very welcome to sing with PCU during this Choral Workshop, as we prepare for our performance of St Matthew Passion (in English) on Saturday 4 April 2020 at St Mary’s Church Portsmouth. Please be aware that some experience of singing this work is advised.
Tickets: Adults: £15 Students: Free Under 18’s accompanied by an adult: Free Music Hire: £1
|7 March 2020||
Sing Day - Mendelssohn and Rheinberger at Dewsbury Minster. Tim Knight will lead you through a day exploring (music hire for the day is included in the ticket price) some of the well known and lesser known pieces by the two classic composers, Felix Mendelssohn and Josef Rheinberger. Group booking discount is available for bookings of 6 full-priced singers (£15.00) or more made in one booking - to apply, use code DEWGROUP6 at checkout (offer can't be used in conjunction with any others or Sing Day Voucher holders)! If you wish to pay 'offline' please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will apply the discount manually.
|14 March 2020||Machaut and the Magic of the Medieval with Lizzie Gutteridge A workshop for all voices and instruments, ancient & modern Burley in Wharfedale Methodist Church, Main St, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley LS29 7DT 10 for 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Pitch A=440 Machaut lived for over 70 years in the 14th century, impressive in itself considering the famines, plagues and wars that beset Europe during this period. His long career helps to explain the breadth of his musical (and poetical) achievements, including the development of secular song forms which would become the standards for decades to come, such as the rondeau, virelais and ballade, and the composition of the first complete setting of the mass ordinary by a single composer. This workshop will introduce some of his most famous works, with some less familiar ones, and a brief look at the Montpelier Manuscript where music from the previous generation provides some context. We'll cover the poetic song forms of virelais & rondeau, including the well-known douce dame joilie, and ma fin est mon commencement. Where these are monophonic we'll look at building an arrangement with drones and countermelodies. We'll also navigate the forms and relish the harmonies in the polyphonic works, startling at first to the modern ear but having a logic and richness that's worth pursuing. We'll tackle the hoquetus David, comparing it with an earlier hocket from the Montpellier manuscript, and look at one or two motets on the same tenor.
Lizzie took up shawm in the historical re-enactment movement to re-form Waits bands, later making that her main occupation. Her own instruments include bagpipes, recorders, curtals and fiddles, and she performs all over the country as a member of Blondel and The York Waits. Freelance engagements included the Globe's “Nell Gwynn”, “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” at the Wanamaker Theatre, performances in Morocco and London with Passamezzo, and large scale events at Hampton Court and the Tower of London. Lizzie's project “Consort of 1” uses early music on historical instruments with live looping equipment which allows layering of parts to show Medieval and Renaissance melodies from a new perspective. She makes and sells historical double reeds for shawms & curtals.
Cost £18; concessions £9 (people aged ≤26 or on a very low income e.g. solely dependent on state benefits). STUDENTS FREE. Refreshments at breaks included. Bring a packed lunch or use local facilities. Please complete the booking form below and send with a cheque made payable to “NEEMF” to: Joanna Rowling, 21A Manor Crescent, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, LS21 1ND (or book online via the workshop diary on our website www.neemf.org.uk). If you cannot use your booked place, please inform us asap. For more information, please email email@example.com Closing date: 11th January 2020.
|28 March 2020||Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in one of London's most beautiful Victorian Gothic churches - St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington. We'll be working with cello soloist Olivia da Costa and organist George de Voil. Visit https://matthewcoleridge.com/london/|
|28 March, 29 March, 15 - 19 April 2020||
Sing Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Suffolk, London and Prague. We are seeking singers for three performances of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Suffolk, London and Prague, so please contact us if you are an experienced singer with a sense of adventure! We are particularly keen to hear from tenors and basses. Surrey-based English Arts Chorale, Suffolk’s Eye Bach Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the Prague Conservatoire are collaborating to deliver the three concerts in St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, (Saturday 28th March), the Royal Academy of Music (29th March), and culminating in a visit to Prague from 15th-19th April 2020. Join us for rehearsals in Reigate or Suffolk in the run up to the concerts. For more details and a booking form, visit www.englisharts.org or contact Wietske Hendriksen at firstname.lastname@example.org
|25 April 2020||
Singing Day - Verdi Requiem with the English Arts Chorale and guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth.
To book a place please go to www.englisharts.org
|9 May 2020||Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the excellent acoustics of one of Britain's most striking modernist churches - the spectacular All Saints, Clifton. With cello soloist George Owen, and Gloucester Cathedral organist Jonathan Hope. Visit https://matthewcoleridge.com/bristol/|
|18 - 24 May 2020||
Sing the Fauré Requiem in France with Brian Kay. Issigeac International Music Academy. Spend an unforgettable singing holiday in one of the most beautiful villages in France. Principal tutorBrian Kayis a BBC radio presenter, conductor and singer and was a founder member of the King's Singers. He is noted as a choral conductor and is currently Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, the largest choral society in the UK, he is also Vice President of the Royal School of Church Music. In this six-day course Brian and the choir will prepare the Fauré Requiem, Bob Chilcott’s Dances of Time and a new Agnus Dei specially written for the occasion, culminating in a Saturday evening performance in the local church. Throughout the course the Academy's staff of professional tutors will be hosting informal concerts, masterclasses, social events, talks and visits and giving group tuition so there will be plenty of opportunity to get together and sing other works in a variety of styles. All coaching will be in English.
To make our course extra special international opera star Dame Ann Murray will also be coaching a small group of advanced soloists who will give daily masterclasses and a recital to inspire and entertain us all. Our host village of Issigeac is south of Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France. This beautiful medieval village is very popular with visitors with its winding streets and overhanging half timbered buildings. Issigeac is famed for its weekly Sunday market, one of the top 10 best markets in France! Bergerac airport is only twenty minutes away and is served by many of the UK’s regional airports. Accommodation is not included, however we do provide an extensive list of excellent local accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of our staff are fluent French speakers and are on hand to assist you. Full Choral Course with BrianKay £350 per person. Group discounts available contact us for details. Book before 1st January 2020 and get a £50 discount! For more information and to reserve your place please visit: www.iimusicacademy.com
|21 - 24 May 2020||
Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Alix (Beaujolais-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on Italian music of the Renaissance : G.P. da PALESTRINA. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director. For more information : https://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr
|22 - 26 May 2020||Three Days in May - A residential Singing Workshop in Milden Hall, near Lavenham in Suffolk. The venue is in a Tythe barn where people can sleep too (or camp if they prefer slightly more privacy/ less communal arrangements). With Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy. Enjoy beautifully arranged pieces from English and American Traditions - transatlantic love-songs to rousing shanties. Dine with fellow singers at the long feasting table and share songs around the wood burner. The price is £375 early-bird - till February. Afterwards £390. More information can be found here https://sing.co.uk/event/threedaysinmay-2|
|20 June 2020||Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful acoustics of Pershore's Medieval Abbey, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. With cello soloist Maxim Calver (BBC Young Musician finalist 2018) and The Real String Orchestra. Visit https://matthewcoleridge.com/pershore/|
|4 - 11 July 2020||
Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on European music of the Renaissance for women's choir : G.P. da PALESTRINA, O. di LASSO & Juan VÁSQUEZ. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director. For more information : https://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr
|25 April 2020 and 7 July 2020||
Take the Verdi Challenge 2020 with the English Arts Chorale and sing the Verdi Requiem with us from memory at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London South Bank on 7th July 2020
Access to on line practice resources will also be available. To book your place in this unmissable opportunity, go to englisharts.org and fill in the booking form
|19 - 25 July 2020||
Paul Spicer's English Choral Experience. A week of fine choral singing, excellent food and convivial company in the magically situated Dore Abbey. Experience an inspirational choral course with the opportunity to join the course Consort. With a multi media exhibition, this week becomes a mini Arts Festival. To book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/AD-booking.php
|1 - 8 August 2020||
Choral Course at NLMS Music Summer School, 1 to 8 August 2020. A challenging and enjoyable week of singing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Downe House School, near Newbury, Berkshire (near Oxford, England). Professional singers lead every section and provide expert coaching. There are many optional activities, a concert every evening and plenty of opportunity for enjoying the extensive grounds, swimming pool and socialising in the bar. Visit the NLMS Music Summer School website at https://nlmsmusic-summerschool.co.uk/
|1 - 8 August 2020||
Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in the Charterhouse of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (Auvergne-Rhone-Alps). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on sacred music of the Renaissance in Spain : MORALES, LOBO & GUERRERO. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director. For more information : https://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr
|2 - 9 August 2020||Choritalia Chamber Choir Courses - A one week choral singing holiday for in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany Italy. Choral Directors Stephen Jackson, Deborah Miles-Johnson and Crispin Lewis.Further details from www.choritalia.com.|
|20 August 2020||Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the picture postcard village of Dorchester-on-Thames, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine! With cellist Sarah Gait and organist Laurence Caldecote. Visit https://matthewcoleridge.com/dorchester/|
|25 - 30 August 2020||
Florence International Singing Programme. FISP is a choral course that combines singing with tourism and this year’s focus is on the English Renaissance tradition — using the services, such as Evensong and Vespers to place this music in its historical context. This is further enhanced with our optional seminars which further look into the history of the reformation and the impact that this has on choral music today.
Led by Caius Lee (St Catharine's College, Cambridge) and Anthony Gray (St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate). Activities include sung Choral Evensong, late night Compline and a Saturday evening concert. Other events include cheese/wine tasting, free evening meals, seminars on English church music and lots of time to explore Florence.
Feel free to visit our website www.florenceisp.com or email us at email@example.com.
|19 September 2020||Come and Sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem at Exeter Cathedral, and experience the rapture of singing in one of England's finest Medieval Cathedrals. With cello soloist Jamal Aliyev, acclaimed soprano Karin Dahlberg, and Exeter Cathedral's organist Timothy Noon. Visit https://matthewcoleridge.com/exeter/|
|15 - 18 October 2020||
Choral Workshop on Lake Garda / Italy - Mozart's Coronation Mass - Choral Workshop with Concert - International Oratorio Choir
Who can take part in the project?