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2014  
   
15 July 2014

How to Start an Office - Choir Gresham Centre at St Anne & St Agnes, Gresham Street 1.00pm

Office choirs are currently enjoying a high profile, making working environments all over London more cohesive, creative and fun. Why not start your own? Our panel of experts will provide guidance on the best way to go about recruiting, managing and developing a successful choir in your workplace. FREE Full Details and tickets available from www.colf.org

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.

19 July 2014

Edinburgh City Singers Singing Workshop. St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh – at the foot of Edinburgh Castle 10am-5pm

Michelle Cresswell, experienced and inspiring choir director, invites you to a day of fun, relaxed, two-part harmony singing in a wonderful setting at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

 

Come along and be uplifted by the fantastic sounds we make together! This workshop is for absolutely anyone who loves to sing - whether you think you can or not! The day will begin with a warm-up to get your body and voice ready for a day of singing. We will also do some vocal exercises and 'call-and-response' songs.

We'll then embark on learning a selection of two-part harmony songs that will include pop, musicals, and folk. A few examples include music by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and songs from musicals such as Les Mis and Grease!

 

Our bring-and-share lunch is an opportunity to mingle with others on the workshop, make some friends, and ask any questions of the workshop leader.

 

After a relaxing lunch we'll start the afternoon with a re-cap of songs from the morning session and then continue on in our musical journey. The afternoon session will feature folk songs such as Amazing Grace and some unison songs during which we'll work on vocal projection and performance skills. The day will culminate in a small performance to which you can invite friends and family members to hear the music you've worked on all day. With free entry, this 30 minute concert will feature all the songs we've learnt during the day. Doors will open at 4.15pm for the audience to enter the church. For a full schedule and information on how to book your place, please visit our website: www.edinburghcitysingers.com/singingworkshop

 

20 - 26 July

The English Choral Experience Week 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

27 July - 2 August

Singing & Choir Holidays with David Dellaire at Cubertou in 2014 David Dellaire ran an extremely popular Singing Holiday at Cubertou (SW France) in 2013, for Elementary Singers. In 2014 he shall run this course again and also a Singing Holiday for Intermediate Singers. So, if you would like to improve your singing technique and sing with others on holiday in an idyllic rural setting then please see the details below.  

Intermediate Singing & Choir ...  

§  you already sing regularly with others

§  you are happy to sing solo lines

§  you have some sight-singing ability

For more details see: www.cubertou.com/intermediate-singing-choir/ 

Accommodation and Prices

Accommodation, tuition, outings, meals and wine with supper is included...

§  Single Room:…………. £650 / 760€

§  Shared Twin Room:.. £550 / 640€

§  Camping:……………….  £400 / 470€

§  Student Camping:....... £200 / 240€**

**There is a limited number of places on each course for students/un-waged who get a 50% discount from the camping price in return for some help at meal times. Student Campers don't miss any of the classes or other activities.

Contact

Please see the website for full details www.cubertou.com or get in touch directly with any questions liz.cutts@cubertou.biz

1 - 4 August

London A Cappella International Summer School (LACISS) with The Swingle Singers - 1 - 4 August 2014, Kings Place

With workshops, performances and masterclasses exploring everything from beatbox and scat to vocal technique and performance presentation, LACISS welcomes singers of all interests, abilities and ages (17+) to Kings Place for a long summer weekend like no other!

Our crack team of international tutors includes experts from The Swingle Singers, USA’s The House Jacks, Scandinavian Postyr, mistress of scat Anita Wardell, former King’s Singer Philip Lawson and Dominic Peckham – not to mention performances by New York Voices and The Swingle Singers!

Website: http://londonacappella.com/summerschool/

Brochure: view online here or email us to request an info pack in the post http://issuu.com/londonacappella/docs/laciss_a6_booklet_issuu

Register your place now via the Kings Place website (http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/book-tickets?perfno=11937). Group discounts are available (10% for groups of 4+ and 20% for groups of 10+). Please contact the Kings Place Box Office about these discounts on +44(0)20 7520 1490 to register.

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

3 - 9 August

Singing & Choir Holidays with David Dellaire at Cubertou in 2014 David Dellaire ran an extremely popular Singing Holiday at Cubertou (SW France) in 2013, for Elementary Singers. In 2014 he shall run this course again and also a Singing Holiday for Intermediate Singers. So, if you would like to improve your singing technique and sing with others on holiday in an idyllic rural setting then please see the details below.

Elementary Singing & Choir ...

 

§  you have done a little choir singing and would like to try individual lessons

§  you have never really sung but would like to have a go

For more details see: www.cubertou.com/elementary-singing-choir/

 

Accommodation and Prices

Accommodation, tuition, outings, meals and wine with supper is included...

§  Single Room:…………. £650 / 760€

§  Shared Twin Room:.. £550 / 640€

§  Camping:……………….  £400 / 470€

§  Student Camping:....... £200 / 240€**

**There is a limited number of places on each course for students/un-waged who get a 50% discount from the camping price in return for some help at meal times. Student Campers don't miss any of the classes or other activities.

Contact

Please see the website for full details www.cubertou.com or get in touch directly with any questions liz.cutts@cubertou.biz

8 - 10 August 2014

Voice Coaching Weekend, Foxhill Retreat,  Frodsham, Cheshire. Choral Weekend with Maggie – for keen singers wanting to improve their technique and expand their repertoire by joining Maggie McDonald for a weekend of Vocal-Ease, Maggie’s unique vocal teaching technique for which she is in great demand. Maggie is a renowned international mezzo soprano and voice coach.  She is a member of the British Voice Association , the Voice Care Network UK and the Association of British Choral Directors. For more information visit: www.maggiemcdonald.co.uk

9 August 2014

Orlando Chamber Choir presents Byrd’s Great Service – lifting the lid on a masterpiece. An all-day workshop directed by James Weeks, focusing on Byrd’s Great Service which will be contrasted with a number of smaller songs, psalms and anthems. St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Good sight-reading skills are a pre-requisite. Tickets £30, concessions £15 by advance booking only from 01223 247 027 or http://www.orlandochoir.org.uk/tickets.php?20140809  

9 August 2014 Successful Singing Workshop, Ugland Auditorium, Stowe School with Philippa Dearsley. The successful singing workshop is for individuals who would like to gain confidence in their voice through new technical ideas, inspiration and shared learning. Cost: special discounted price of £48. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 years who would like to improve their singing. Rimes 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. To book please call 01280 818012 or email thearts@stowe.co.uk
9 - 17 August 2014

The Ristretto Summer School invite you to join a group of singers for a week (eight nights) of intensive choral study, involving a challenging a cappella repertoire. Led by Errol Girdlestone, international conductor and choirmaster, and founder member of the Hilliard, we rehearse for up to six hours a day and perform a concert at the end of the week. We are based in the beautiful Luberon region of the south of France (nearest airport/TGV Avignon).

There will also be a chance to do madrigal work with Paul Elliott, tenor and founder member of the Hilliard and currently Professor of Music at the Early Music Institute of Indiana University. We are especially looking  for TENORS but all voices are welcome to apply.  The week is appropriate for experienced choral singers with good sight-reading ability, as well as those able to do their own prior preparation. 

Repertoire for 2014 : Benjamin Britten A Boy was Born  and  Johannes Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche  

Cost : 260euros which includes all tuition. Accommodation can be arranged at the 3* Hotel Notre-Dame de Lumières, a former 17th century convent which has a private pool and all rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned. We rehearse in the hotel’s octagonal chapel each day. Hotel costs vary depending on double or single rooms. If you prefer you can arrange your own accommodation in the area. Non-singing partners are very welcome. For details please email choir manager, Kate Cobb at choralsummer@aol.com or telephone 0033493206894.

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/

23 - 30 August 2014

Sacred Choral Course with Ivor Setterfield. Directed by Ivor Setterfield, the repertoire for this course will be a selection of sacred music from ancient to modern, and will lead up to a performance in the delightful town of Arcos de la Frontera.

Excursions will include a day out in Seville, a trip to the white villages of Grazalema and Vejer de la Frontera, a tasting at a traditional sherry bodega in Jerez or a visit to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art.

The course will be held at Cortijo Barranco, a beautiful olive estate in the Andalucían hills. The perfect location for an inspiring week of choral singing, the Cortijo has excellent facilities including a swimming pool. Delicious local Andalucían food and wine will be served throughout.

Fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, airport transfers, course costs, all excursions and activities. Full details at www.heliconarts.co.uk.  Telephone: 03333 444564 Email: info@heliconarts.co.uk.

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.

30 August - 6 September 2014

Secular Choral Course with Mary King Led by renowned vocal performer, coach, writer and broadcaster Mary King, the music for this course will cover a range of classical, jazz, musical theatre, popular and folk music written or arranged for mixed voice choir, and will culminate in a public concert.

Highlights of the week will include a tasting at a traditional sherry bodega in Jerez or a visit to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art, a day out in Seville, a trip to the spectacular town of Ronda, and a flamenco workshop.

The course will be held at Cortijo Barranco, a beautiful olive estate in the Andalucían hills. The perfect location for an inspiring week of choral singing, the Cortijo has excellent facilities including a swimming pool. Delicious local Andalucían food and wine will be served throughout.

Fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, airport transfers, course costs, all excursions and activities. Full details at www.heliconarts.co.uk.  Telephone: 03333 444564 Email: info@heliconarts.co.uk.

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/

18 October 2014

Patrick Hawes is giving a Choral Workshop on a new commission for Aliquando Chamber Choir ‘I Know the Music’ words of Wilfred Owen also Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor. St Mary’s Church’s  Chantry House, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AU. Time – (10.30 Registration) 11 to  4pm (lunch break from 1 – 2pm) Refreshments will be provided on site but suggest you bring a packed lunch. Price to include score hire & hot drinks & a cream tea - £25 Students and observers  £5. To secure a place phone 01491 578238 email aliquando@sky.com Or fill in the form here

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