Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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Take part in Choir of the Year Masterclasses!


Choral Masterclasses with the Association of British Choral Directors

Choir of the Year is delighted to team up with the Association of British Choral Directors on a new element to our Audition programme in 2016: a series of
Choral Masterclasses led by an experienced abcd tutor.


The masterclasses are an unmissable opportunity, open to all choirs not already taking part in the competition. Groups of any age and music style are welcome to apply.

The masterclasses programme is particularly suited to groups who would like some support and ideas to improve technically and build confidence. Tutors will be happy to offer help with specific topics identified by the music director in advance - such as conducting & rehearsal technique, vocal production, intonation, diction, presentation and style – or provide general feedback through working on prepared repertoire.


After the masterclass, choirs will be invited to stay on for a Choir of the Year audition session free of charge. This will be a chance to hear a variety of different choirs, listen to the judges’ feedback and take part in a massed choir vocal workshop.


Masterclass Dates and Venues
Masterclasses will take place alongside the Choir of the Year Auditions and involve a maximum of four choirs.


Sunday 13 March
Saturday 19 March
Sunday 10 April
Sunday 17 April
Sunday 24 April
Sunday 8 May
Sunday 22 May
Saturday 28 May
Saturday 11 June
Sunday 12 June


Leeds Town Hall
Warwick Arts Centre
Ulster Hall Belfast
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Sage Gateshead
Portsmouth Guildhall
Glasgow City Halls
Alban Arena, St Albans

For further information and to register, please visit or call 020 7221 7883.

Kind regards,

The Choir of the Year team

19 - 21 February 2016 "Away to Sing" - A Singing Weekend for Men Calling all men whether you sing or not!! Come away to Sing in the wonderful surroundings of the Pentire Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall for a fun and music packed weekend. Have time to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery, use the hotel leisure facilities or even practice the music! Learning tracks will be provided in advance of the weekend. Some of the music you might know but there'll be a few surprises! The weekend will finish with a concert in beautiful St Michael's Church Newquay (pictured left) and will also feature the wonderful Newquay Male Voice Choir. For more details visit
27 February 2016

Singing Day  with Jonathan Willcocks - Verdi Requiem Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Surrey GU3 2DD, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Complimentary tea and coffee, and light refreshments available for purchase throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch. Informal performance for friends and family at 4.00pm. Tickets £20 (£10 for students). For booking and enquiries please phone 01252 703 468, or contact us on or go to our website,

28 February 2016 - 5 March 2016 Singing in Castara - a course in Tobago for choral singers led by Justin Doyle. A week of music-making in the idyllic village of Castara Bay on Tobago’s Caribbean coast. We rehearse a programme of largely early music every day in the morning and late afternoon for a concert at the end of the course. This is one of Lacock’s occasional ventures to this part of the world; previous courses have been held in Havana and in San Miguel de Allende and Cholula in Mexico. The aim is always to combine music-making with a chance to explore, in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.
2 - 6 March 2016

Do you fancy 5 days singing in Malta? We have arranged a fantastic mini-break on the beautiful islands of Malta and Gozo. Daytime rehearsals will be in the capital, Valletta, and the singers will perform in the walled city of Mdina and in Victoria (on Gozo). With average temperatures of 14° (compared with a UK 6°) and up to 9 hours of sunshine it will be a great way to escape the UK winter. We will be singing Palestrina's Missa Aeterna Christi Munera and a selection of a capella sacred motets (the music will be available in advance). 

David Everett is an ex-cathedral lay clerk with many years' experience directing choirs of all sizes. He is a skilled and enthusiastic choral trainer and runs regular sing days / workshops. DE Tours is his latest venture. It combines his expertise in running sing days and European choir tours. The cost is £200 (flights and accommodation not included). This includes the course costs, transport to Mdina and Gozo (by ferry!), and 2 evening meals. There will be a small charge for the music (which will be yours to keep).


DE Tours' website has more information:  He can be emailed at

5 March 2016

By women, For women” - This singing workshop for women takes place between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday 5 March at the Lasswade Centre,  Eskdale Drive, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 2LA. It is called “By women, for women” and the aim is to celebrate International Women’s Day and the achievements of women by singing music written by women composers.  Music for the day includes a Medieval chant by Hildegard of Bingen, an arrangement of a song by Clara Schumann, one of Cecilia McDowall’s easier pieces, a Scottish folk song by Frances Cockburn, a lovely arrangement of a Canadian folk song and a close harmony piece by a young American composer.  Quite a variety!  Cost is £15. For further information please contact



12 March 2016

One day workshop and supper concert with Brian MacKay and Zêzerearts Choral

12 March 2016 @ Yoghurt Rooms


A rare UK opportunity to take part in a day choral workshop with Zêzerearts Choral. 


The day will have all the usual hallmarks of a Zêzerearts production: great choral music in a convivial atmosphere, the chance to make new friends and connections while visiting wonderful places and enjoying the highest standards of music making.


Under the leadership of distinguished choral conductor Brian MacKay and his team of fantastic musical directors, we will sing music we know and love along with some less familiar choral gems, presenting a whirlwind tour of the choral canon in the evening to a combined audience of your friends in attendance and local concert goers. 


The concert will be followed by a locally-sourced, organic supper, which is included in your workshop ticket.


Early bird tickets are available. Once gone, there will be a further tier discounts for pairs and groups.


Full details and tickets via:

Contact Helen with any queries:

3 - 8 April 2016 Corsham Voice Workshop with Ghislaine Morgan. A crash course in vocal technique with a much sought-after teacher, for choral singers of all ages and nationalities. It is designed to appeal to the amateur singer who enjoys singing in a small ensemble or chamber choir. The workshop takes place in the Town Hall in the centre of the Wiltshire town of Corsham. 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.
17 - 22 April 2016

Singing in Venice - course for choral singers led by Robert Hollingworth. A week of music for experienced choral singers in a church on the Grand Canal in Venice. We rehearse a programme of Venetian music from the 16th and early 17th century for a public concert. The course is conducted in English. The general aim is to study an important area of choral repertoire with a leading exponent in the field in a relaxed and convivial setting.

Andrea Gabrieli ~ Felici d’Adria (a 8), Io mi sento morire (a 7),
Domine ne in furore tuo (a 6), Sopra la morte d’Adriano (a 5)
Giovanni Gabrieli ~ Deus qui beatum Marcum (a 10), O Iesu mi dulcissime (a 8),
A Dio, dolce mia vita (a 10), Lieto godea (a 8)
Giovanni Bassano ~ Nativitas tua (a 7)
Giovanni Croce ~ Percussit Saul mille (a 8)


23 April 2016

Windsor Singing Workshop - Theme: St George's Day and Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth

A workshop for all voices. As the hosting choir is an all female choir we need the male voices especially! We're looking forward to a fun day of singing. Any money we make will go to charity!

Date: 23/04/2016
Musical Director: Guy Bunce

Times: 1pm-6.30pm

Address: Oakfield First School, Imperial Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3RU

Fee: £10.

Music will be provided:

1. The Voice of the Bard (James Burgess)
2. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (John Rutter)
3. There Have Been Songs In England (Noël Coward)
4. I Vow To Thee My Country (Gustav Holst)
Finale with Jerusalem (Hubert Parry)

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5 - 8 May 2016

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in Alix, in the beautiful 'pierres dorées' area (Beaujolais-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on sacred music by Claudio MONTEVERDI. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

For more information :

14 - 15 May 2016

English Choral Experience Camerata in the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester. Come and join a chamber choir of expert, ambitious and high achieving singers, learning and performing wonderful choral chamber music in a beautiful setting. Paul Spicer, the renowned choral conductor directs. There are still places for tenors and basses.

For more details and booking:

30 May - 4 June 2016

Pennine Spring Music Festival performs Mozart C Minor Mass K427. Set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside of the West Pennines, the Pennine Spring Music Festival brings together instrumentalists and singers from all over Britain for a week of convivial music-making and performing. A varied programme of concerts is performed during the Spring Bank Holiday week in the 150 year old church at Heptonstall, an idyllic hill-top village perched above the vibrant town of Hebden Bridge. The festival provides a fantastic opportunity for amateur musicians, offering a choice of Choral, Orchestral and Ensemble courses. The Festival presents 3 concerts throughout the week with rehearsals taking place every day in various venues in the village of Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge. The choir rehearses between three and six hours each day includes Upper and Lower voice rehearsals. 


The choral repertoire for 2016 is: Elgar: Give unto the Lord (Tuesday concert), Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, third group (upper voices) and Britten: The Ballad of Lady Barnard and Little Musgrave (lower voices) (Thursday concert), Mozart: Mass in C minor (Saturday concert).


PSM always welcomes new singers. Confident sight-reading skills are an advantage but for those who are less confident, music and practice CDs are sent out in advance so that people can come sufficiently prepared to perform 3 concerts in 6 days! This is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable week singing with like-minded and supportive musicians, many of whom return year upon year.There are places for all voices in the 2016 choir. For full details and application forms visit

26 June 2 July 2016 Music at Monteconero - a course for choral singers led by Patrick Craig. 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 early music 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.

The repertoire will include: 
Palestrina ~ Exsultate Deo, Dum complerentur, Cantabo Domino
Pärt ~ Magnificat, The woman with the alabaster box, Tribute to Caesar.

More information

2 - 8 July 2016

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on French sacred music for female choir by Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ and Gabriel FAURE. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

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9 - 16 July 2016


Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on German Renaissance music by Hans Leo HASSLER. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

For more information :

16 - 22 July 2016

Jean Langlais Festival Choral Week - La Fontenelle, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France. The course is led by Malcolm Archer, with David Bednall (organ) and vocal coach Hilary Jones. Music by Mozart, Palestrina, Rheinberger, Villette, Langlais, Elgar, Bruckner, Archer and Bednall.

Cost: £250

There are some choral scholarships for 18-25s.

Contact 01296 681291 or +33 299 97 68 14 email :

UK address: Brenda Dean, 2 Nup End Close, Wingrave, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 4QA. Full information at


25 - 29 July 2016

Guildhall School  Cappella Choral Course guides you through 450 years of great choral music drawn from the Renaissance up to and including the 20th century and uses material drawn from English and most major European schools.  The material will be performed in as many parts as the number of participants allows. The week culminates in a concert performance in the fabulous acoustic of St Giles, Cripplegate, just opposite the Barbican Centre.

The course includes:

  • Warm-up exercises

  • Sight reading in parts (a cappella of course)

  • Diction, voice balancing and blending

  • Working towards a performance

This course is for anyone aged 16 or over with choral singing experience and a reasonable standard of sight reading.


About the Tutors

The course is taught by David Vinden and Graham Dinnage, David and Graham share an extensive experience of Choral teaching, conducting and singing. Additionally, David edited Musica Transalpina I in 2002, it is a snap shot of the musical taste of the time and enables us to experience, first hand, the actual material which was to help inspire the great renaissance of English madrigal composition, acting as a catalyst to such composers as Morley, Gibbons, Tomkins, and Weelkes and Wilbye to name a few.


Our location

The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London within the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.



Residential Option 1:  (Bed, breakfast and evening meal) £694
Residential Option 2:  (Bed and breakfast) £634
Non-residential: £370



Monday 25 – Friday 29 July, 9.30am – 5:30pm
Concert 29 July, 4.45pm – 5.30pm


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. 


Special access needs

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



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 



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.



Email or call 0207 382 2310 for any enquiries.

30 July - 6 August 2016

Le Chant des Oyseaux runs a choral workshop in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (south of France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on madrigals by Claudio MONTEVERDI. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

For more information :


31 July - 7 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents The Cappella Chamber Choir. We  warmly welcomes keen choral singers of a reasonably accomplished standard and with a keen ear and sense of rhythm to a week of wonderful music making, choice repertoire and good company. The choir will be limited to between thirty and forty members and places are subject to the balance of voices. A concert will be given at the end of the week for which the repertoire will be selected from the list below. Where possible we recommend pre-preparation of the music before the course starts. However, the music will be available in the summer school music shop and should be acquired before the first rehearsal. So why not come and meet old friends and make new ones in what could be the most rewarding week of your year. Directed by James Davey. More details at


Choral Workshop 1 - Sunday 31 July

To start the first week of our 2016 school, James Davey will direct an open rehearsal with orchestra of excerpts from the Brahms German Requiem, Op.45 [copies provided]. It will take place on the first evening. All members of the summer school are welcome to participate.

7 - 14 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents Choral Masterpieces with Jeremy Jackson. The centrepiece of the programme is Haydn’s  Maria Theresa Mass, an outstanding example of the genre, by turns brilliant and beautiful, and with an unusual orchestral scoring. Brahms loved writing for voices; these two songs contrast the warm tones of a lilting love-song with a make-over of a Serbian folk-tune in 7/4 time! Paul Spicer’s excellent collection of early 20th century music will allow us to explore relatively (and undeservedly) unknown material while, with Lift Up Your Heads, we can let off a bit of steam.


In early 17th century England, politico-religious considerations determined whether our best composers stayed or left. Gibbons stayed and in his short life wrote music that was a fitting culmination of the Tudor art. Phillips left and adapted the Tudor heritage to continental ‘advances’, producing pieces that foreshadow the Baroque. Last, but by absolutely no means least, we shall study Janequin’s extraordinary extended madrigal Le Chant des Oiseaux.


To apply visit


Choral Workshop 2 - Sunday 7 August

As an extra to this week’s musical diet, Jeremy Jackman will direct an open rehearsal of choruses from Puccini’s Messa di Gloria [copies provided] on Sunday evening, the 7th August.  All members of the school are welcome to participate.

7 - 14 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents a "Lighter Side" choral course with Susan Hollingworth. Yet another wild selection of foot stomping fun pieces with plenty of pure sentimental nostalgia to keep emotions balanced. Several pieces could challenge the hardiest regular but enough of the repertoire is very approachable to ensure our concert will be the success we have come to expect and enjoy.


Be prepared to work hard! This course is not for the timid conservative nor the enthusiastic “sing-along”; a good ear and a secure sense of rhythm are essential and a loud costume for the concert will help!

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7 - 14 August 2016

Sherborne Summer School of Music presents a "Voices in Harmony (Ditch the Dots)" with Wendy Sergeant.


This is a course for people who want to learn how to sing unaccompanied and in harmony without using sheet music. Harmony singing – for the joy of it! It is suitable for people who love to sing but don’t read music and also for those who can read music but want to “ditch the dots” thus experiencing the freedom and challenge of learning harmonies by ear.

Wendy’s up-beat inspirational style teaches songs aurally and uses a light touch with plenty of support and humour enabling singers to sing in four-part harmony without really trying. This kind of teaching opens the thrilling world of music to people who have never sung in a choir before whilst also improving the aural skills of those who normally use music. Wendy works on singing technique with all participants helping them to make the best of their voices and promoting vocal health.


The course will aim to sing a large variety of music - pop songs, world music, spirituals, classical, jazz - and perform in an informal concert at the end of the week.  


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14 - 19 August 2016 Ludlow Summer School - a course for singers and instrumentalists led by JanJoost van Elburg. The Ludlow Summer School is a combination of specialist coaching, informal festival and musical holiday. It is open to experienced choral singers and early instrumentalists of all ages and nationalities. This week of intensive training with leading tutors will be devoted to one work, Monteverdi’s 1610 Marian Vespers, ending with a public performance. The general aim is to create an intensive musical experience in a relaxed and informal setting. Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is a work of unprecedented splendour and magnificence, which all musicians should sing once before they die. It bridges the chasm between the mediaeval world of chant and polyphony and the modern world of melody, bass line and harmony. There are obbligato parts for strings, cornetts, sackbuts and recorders, and scope for continuo instruments of all types.
21 - 28 August 2016 Cotswold Vocal Performance Course. A residential course for soloists and choristers from beginners to budding professionals covering all styles of vocal music. A chance to indulge your passion and immerse yourself in a week of singing. Set in the lovely village of Kingham in the Cotswolds. Website email
4 - 9 September 2016 Trogir Music Week - a course for choral singers and instrumentalists led by Erik Van Nevel. Choral singers and players of early instruments, of all ages and nationalities, are warmly invited to join this week of  study and rehearsal 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 explore an important field of repertoire and to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

Psalmen Davids
Geistliche Chormusik
Symphoniae Sacrae

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10 - 17 September 2016 Libricini in Languedoc, Roujan. An upper voice week, working on varied a capella repertoire, of a reasonably challenging standard. Tuition will be shared between Libricini founder and facilitator Carole Wyatt, and Francis Steele (formerly of The Sixteen and The Tallis Scholars) Accommodation is an a beautiful wine-makers residence, with top-notch food and a wonderful restful ambience. Cost (excluding travel to Roujan) from £430. For further details e-mail Numbers limited, early applications recommended.
11 - 16 October 2016

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop, Italy - Carl Orff - Carmina Burana


The Carmina Burana by Carl Orff has been filling concert halls for decades. His tunes and rhythms are part of the very fabric of classical music. In 1934 Orff discovered the Carmina Burana from the 12th century, printed in 1847. This manuscript contains a wide variety of forms of secular music. Coming across these texts fascinated Orff so much that he sketched the first chorus “O Fortuna” that very day. The wheel of fortune is the major symbol that runs through the entire work. Orff addresses the circles of fortune and misfortune and of rise and fall in the world, with recurring themes in a major choral movement that opens and closes the work. The premier of Carmina Burana in 1937 secured Carl Orff’s global fame. Nowadays the composition is one of the most frequently staged works ever in the history of music. It still holds true that if Carmina Burana is on the repertoire, there are going to be queues.

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.


The concert will be held in Riva del Garda (Italy) on 15 October 2016 as part of the 10th Lago di Garda Music Festival. More information about this project: