Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

10 October 2015

Dartington Community Choir Choral Workshop 2015 - Studio 6, Space Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon. Will Todd - Mass in Blue. We invite you to join members of Dartington Community Choir for their 2015 One Day Choral Workshop. A wonderful opportunity to work with the composer Will Todd himself and gain special insight into his celebrated Mass in Blue as well as a selection

of songs from his Footprints Collection. Jazz/Choral at its best! Our choral workshops are becoming a firm favourite for singers locally and further afield. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Choral Fee £20 - Visit our website for further details and an application form

13 - 18 October

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop on Lake Garda (Italy) - 13-18 October 2015

W. A. Mozart - Requiem

Which piece will be worked on together?

The Requiem Mass in D minor (KV 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s is his final composition. Even though only two-thirds actually originate from Mozart himself, it is one of his best loved and admired works. Mozart died while writing the Mass. The piece was completed by his two students, Eybler and Süßmayr. The genesis and quality of later additions have been hotly debated for a long time. The strange circumstances in which the work was commissioned, and the chronological connection between this requiem mass and Mozart’s rather early death has also inspired countless legends.

Where will the rehearsals be held?

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.

Where and when the concert will take place?

The concert will be held in Riva del Garda (Italy) on 17 October 2015 within the context of the 9th International Lago di Garda Music Festival.

More information about this project:

17 October 2015

Come and learn songs by The Beach Boys in United Reformed Church, Bromley, Kent 9:45-4:30pm. Open to all singers, we’ll be learning a medley of four The Beach Boys classics and the beautiful song God Only Knows in four part harmony. You’ll be accompanied by a live band and receive an audio recording of our singing after the event. More information and online booking is available at:

18 October 2015

Suffolk Singers Choral Workshop - Opera Choruses - Directed by Claire Weston, Framlingham College 09.30-17.00 - FREE public performance at 16.30 - Adult £17, under 19s FREE


Have you ever fancied humming along to the humming chorus, singing along with the Hebrew slaves, striking out the Anvil chorus, or weeping along to Dido’s lament? Suffolk Singers are delighted to invite you along to our fifth Choral Workshop – famous opera choruses. And who better to lead the fun than our very own musical director, former principal soprano at ENO, Claire Weston. We are keeping the price of the workshop at £17, to include the loan of all music, expert professional tuition, tea and coffee throughout the day and our celebrated cakes in the interval between the rehearsal and the performance. It will be helpful, but not essential, if participants have a little previous experience of singing with a choir or reading music, but if you’ve never tried anything like this before, come along and have a go. You will be given lots of support. 

On-line booking is available at To reserve a place or find out more information please ring Alison Bestow 01473 625070 or email Early booking is recommended.

24 October 2015

Moorland Voices Workshop In celebration of John Rutter’s 70th birthday Local choir, Moorland Voices, are holding a Choral Workshop on Saturday October 24th at Denstone College, ST14 5H, directed by Nigel M Taylor. 

Works to be studied are “Gloria” and “Praise ye the Lord” with The Corus Brass Ensemble and excerpts from “Feel the Spirit”(Steal Away, Every Time and Deep River) with Soprano Yvonne Howard. 

Following the workshop the participants will perform at a formal concert,  in the College Chapel at 6:30pm. This will include additional music from Corus Brass, Yvonne Howard, and Moorland Voices. Bookings for the workshop now being taken £20 per person. (NB. The concert is open to all tickets will be on sale in the autumn £10)

For further information, application form visit ; email or phone 07971 171297 

24 October 2015

Join us this October at St Matthew’s Church in Wimbledon, South West London, where we'll be singing gospel music arranged for us by Get Gospel, the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year Finalists, and a classic Halloween track, Thriller, by Michael Jackson. Open to all singers, you can expect to be entertained, challenged and enthused by Jim's inspirational teaching and Get Gospel will be singing with us on the day. More information and online booking is at:

25 October 2015

A fun and welcoming day for singers of all abilities to perform at the Oxford Lieder Festival and work on key aspects of vocal techniques and performance skills with members of The Sixteen and their Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan. The Festival Chorus will prepare a short concert of partsongs to be performed in the University Church at 5pm. The Sixteen quartet will also perform solo during the Festival Chorus Concert so please be sure to invite friends, family and colleagues to attend.  See below for the repertoire the Festival Chorus will rehearse during the day and perform at the concert:


Schubert: An die Sonne D439 6'00

Schubert: Begrabnislied D1683'00

Haydn  Die Beredsamkeit 2'20


Sunday 4 October - Oxford University Faculty of Music

2-4pm - Optional note-bashing session

Sunday 25 October - Oxford University Faculty of Music

9.30am – Optional note bashing session

11.30am – Workshops/rehearsals with The Sixteen

5pm - Festival Chorus Performance - FREE to observers – University Church

Participation fee = £30 (includes two free tickets to lunchtime recital during the festival (selected recitals only) For more details visit

14 November 2015

Bring in the New
Saturday 14th November 2015, 10am - 5pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Lonsdale Road, Oxford, OX2 7ES

Whether you're a conductor, singer or just interested in hearing some great new choral music, there's something for you on this day of workshops!
Conductors will have the chance to workshop music by Francis Pott, Cecilia McDowall and more with noted conductor and teacher Nicholas Cleobury, as well as Francis and Cecilia themselves.
Singers who are interested in brand new choral music can join us in the afternoon, as the conductors put what they've learnt into practice with further masterclasses and a sing-through of everything they've worked on.
Observers are also welcome for the day, so those conductors who are interested but don't feel they can commit to the practical sessions can still benefit.
Participants: £80 abcd members, £90 non-members.

Observers: £30 abcd members, £40 non-members. Click here for booking details
Singers: £15 (afternoon only), and there are also group discounts available. Click here for more information.


12 December 2015 Singing Day with Jonathan Willcocks at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB. Singing day devoted to the choruses of Handel's Messiah and Jonathan' own work, Sing Africa. The day will begin at 10.30 am and will end around 4.30 p.m. Refreshments for break times will be provided but participantsshould make there own arrangements for lunch. Depending on the numbers attending the venue will either be the Benslow Campus or a larger local venue. Price £20.00 For more details telephone or visit 

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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
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:

27 September - 2 October 2016

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop in Cracow (Poland) - Szymanowski -Stabat Mater & Brahms - Song of Destiny


"Stabat Mater" by Karol Szymanowski is one of the most famous and at the same time one of the most personal works of the composer.The first sketches were made in the spring of 1925. Everything here is characterised by a fascinating simplicity. The melodies basically consist of small and large seconds and thirds; most of the movements possess a slow tempo.  A unique piece de resistance of oratorio literature, which could only emerge in a Slavic country. The “Schicksalslied” (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms is – together with “A German Requiem” among the best choral works of this composer.In 1868, while Brahms was visiting friends in Wilhelmshaven, he was given the poem “Hyperion’s Song of Destiny” written by Friedrich Hölderlin. Brahms was so deeply affected by the words that he began to compose his Song of Destiny for Choir and Orchestra the very same day.


In Cracow the International Oratorio Choir will be using the rehearsal rooms.

The former capital of Poland is one of Europe’s last undiscovered destinations by mass tourism. Here the Holy Father Pope John Paul II served as a Bishop for more than twelve years. Centre of the old town is Rynek (main market place), one of Europe’s most beautiful and largest market places. This market place is divided by huge cloth halls as well as the gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. At the south edge of the old town rises the Wawelburg with the famous King’s castle. In 2000, Krakow was the European Capital of Culture.


The concert will be held in Cracow (Poland) on 1st October 2016. More information about this project: