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  
 
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
 
25 February 2018

You are warmly invited to join North Kingston Choir for an informal afternoon singing workshop on Sunday 25 February 2:30 - 5:30pm at Fern Hill Primary School, Richmond Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5PE. We will be learning some 60s classics in simple harmony with our live band. You will have the opportunity to perform what you have learnt with an informal performance at 5pm for family and friends.

Tickets cost £20 and can be booked through our website www.northkingstonchoir.org.uk

 
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
 
17 March 2018

English Arts Chorale - Open Singing Day - Verdi Requiem - St Mary’s Church, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7RN

Come and enjoy an exhilarating day of singing with the Chorale under the inspiring leadership of our conductor Leslie Olive.
The day will end with an informal performance, to which friends and family are warmly invited.
Hear how Benjamin Britten was influenced by the powerful drama of Verdi’s choral masterpiece, and how this is reflected in his composition of the War Requiem. If you feel inspired by these pieces, there are also opportunities to join the EAC and sing the Britten War Requiem in June 2018 in Winchester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey

Timetable

9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee/tea
10.00 Welcome and Session 1
11.30 Refreshment Break
11.45 Session 2
1.00   Lunch Break
2.00   Session 3
3.15   Refreshment Break
3.30   Session 4 (informal performance)
4.00   Close

Booking
Fee £20 including music hire. Full time students (aged over 16 years) £5.
Coffee and tea are included. Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch.
Please download a booking form from www.englisharts.org and email it to singingday@englisharts.org.
If, in exceptional circumstances, the singing day has to be cancelled, booking fees paid will be refunded. No refunds will be made for any other reason.

Parking & Access
On-street parking - please allow extra time to find a space. Participants will be advised of availability of alternative parking before the day. The church has wheelchair access.

Singing with the English Arts Chorale - The EAC welcomes new members with some choral experience and reasonable sight-reading ability. If you attend, and enjoy, this event and are interested in finding out more, there will be an opportunity to speak to one of our recruitment team on the day, or you can email members@englisharts.org

 
18 March 2018

Handel choruses workshop The Southern Early Music Forum is organising this workshop, which  will include most of the choruses from Handel’s oratorio Alexander’s Feast, the Coronation Anthem Let thy hand be strengthened and the opera
Acis & Galatea. The workshop is open to non-members as well as members, and there are still places for all voices.   Sopranos would be particularly welcome.

The workshop will be in Smarden Charter Hall, Kent.   Full details and booking form are at https://sites.google.com/site/southernearlymusicforum/events/forthcoming-events

 
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

 
7 - 8 April 2018

Gabrieli Singing Weekend. If you’ve always thrilled to the majestic sounds Gabrieli’s cori spezzati filling the great spaces of St Marks Venice, then  this Easter (7+8 April), there's a unique chance to join the Cherubim Chamber Choir rehearsing and performing four of his very finest polyphonic masterpieces with brass ensemble and organ in Tisbury, Wilts under the expert direction of Greg Skidmore, who has recorded the music as a member of the Gabrieli Consort & I Fagiolini.

You’ll be singing the Magnificat à14, the famous Jubilate Deo à11 and the great 16 part Omnes GentesAre you a soloist? We’re looking for soloists for the dramatic In Ecclesiis – all accompanied by the Exeter SO Brass Quintet & organ. The cost is £30-60 for three detailed rehearsals and concert in Tisbury Church SP3 6NF. Audience tickets available.

Tisbury is the friendliest High Street in Wiltshire with a firstclass café, wine bar, real ale pub and great deli, plus its own station. Nearby there are plenty of gastro pubs, nice places to stay and good walks. To say nothing of our new art gallery Messums Wiltshire. We're hoping to organise a Gabrieli-themed dinner for the Saturday night.

Come and join in fun with a serious purpose in aid of Cherubim Music Trust. There’s an earlybird rduction during this month.  The website is easy to follow http://cherubimtrust.org/gabrieli. Questions to Michael Maxwell Steer mms@cherubimtrust.org 

 
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

 
21 April 2018 Windsor Soundswell Choir present a Choral Worksop and Concert of Seasonal Choral Music. Oakfield School, Imperial Road, Windsor SL4 3RU. 1.00 pm - 6.30 pm Cost £12.50 including afternoon refreshment. Free cponcert for invited family and friends at 5.45 pm. More information from www.windsorsoundswell.co.uk
 
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
 
10 - 13 May 2018

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop in Beaujolais, France. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland
The workshop will be held in Alix, in the beautiful area of the 'pierres dorées' and will focus on Portuguese Renaissance music by Lopes Morago, Cardoso and Lôbo. 
More information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
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

 
17 - 24 June 2018

June Week for Advanced Singers in Avila directed by David Skinner. We will return to our much loved city of Avila for another week of unaccompanied Renaissance gorgeousness, this time with David Skinner. A good standard of sight-reading is required and singers will be asked to complete a more detailed application form. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/avila-singing-holiday

 
1 - 8 July 2018

Sing Brahms Requiem in Dresden directed by Colin Durrant. Dresden was a huge hit during our first visit last year and was heavily oversubscribed. With a four-star hotel backing onto the River Elbe, great museums, exquisite architecture, and a visit to the Meissen porcelain workshops it's no surprise. Here is a second chance to experience all this. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/dresden-singing-holiday

 
7 - 14 July 2018

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop in southern Brittany, France. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland
The workshop will be held in Arradon, in the gulf of Morbihan and will focus on German Romantic music for women's voices by J. Brahms. 
More information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
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

 
15 - 22 July 2018

A Week in Budapest directed by Patrick Craig. This will be our third visit to the exotic Hungarian capital. Expect dinner on a Danube cruiser, great scenery, good food and wine, and a week of pleasant, good-humoured, music-making under the baton of Patrick Craig. The week will feature a mix of Renaissance and more recent repertoire More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/budapest-singing-holiday

 
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

 
28 July - 4 August 2018

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop in Occitania, southern France. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland
The workshop will be held in Caunes-Minervois Abbey, in the area of the Minervois vineyard and will focus on English music of the early twentieth-century by Parry, Elgar and Holst.

More information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr
 
5 - 12 August 2018

Assisi Summer School directed by David Skinner. This will be the last Assisi week directed by David Skinner for a while so don’t miss it. We will study a carefully selected programme of unaccompanied Early Music masterpieces concluding with a concert in the Basilica of San Francesco. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/assisi-singing-holiday 

 
19 - 24 August 2018

English Summer School, Bath directed by Nigel Perrin Based in the beautiful and historic City of Bath we will work on an exclusively English programme concentrating on the music of Purcell and his contemporaries. There will be opportunities for solo and semi-chorus work. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/bath-singing-holiday

   
2 - 9 September 2018

Church Music of the Portuguese Masters, Evora directed by David Allinson. The walled city of Évora and, in particular, its stunning cathedral, is the epicentre of the ‘Golden Age’ of Portuguese polyphony. We will study music by the three greatest composers of the time, Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo and Filipe de Magalhães, and sing a concert in the cathedral. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/evora-singing-holiday

 
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

   
23 - 30 September 2018

Osborne Sherry Summer School, Spain directed by Jeremy Jackman Based near Jerez in the heart of the Spanish sherry region we will enjoy a week of sun, sea  - and sherry. We will enjoy tastings of award-winning sherry and Iberian ham and pay a visit to nearby Cadiz and Gibralter. There will be a choice of four-star and five-star accomodation. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/cadiz-singing-holiday

 
10 - 14 October 2018

The Glory of Venice This popular long weekend is always fully booked so stand by in January to apply in good time. We stay in the best part of Venice, near to all the sights but away from the crowds. And we get to sing Venetian music in Venice. No wonder it's so successful. Pictures from  last year here. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/venice-singing-holiday

 
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

 
1 - 5 November 2018

Tribute tour of Flanders, Ghent directed by Peter North. There is no UK cathedral weekend planned for 2018 but, as the world prepares to pay tribute to the fallen on the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, Peter North will direct a special programme of commemorative music in churches in Ghent and Bruges, concluding with participation at the Last Post Ceremony by the Menin Gate. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/flanders-singing-holiday

 
2 - 5 December 2018

Mozart Requiem in Vienna directed by Jeremy Jackman Every two years, by invitation, we perform Mozart's Requiem in Vienna's Karlskirche with full Baroque orchestra and soloists. The concert takes place at midnight at the hour of Mozart's death. The Church is always packed and Vienna is surrounded by lavish Christmas markets. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/vienna-singing-holiday