Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

 
2015  
   

27 August 2015

The Royal Free Music Society present a Summer Workshop for members and non-members. This workshop will focus on English Madrigals from the Tudor period and will provide an opportunity for singers to develop their singing techniques and their understanding of specific repertoire. The workshops will take place at the Royal Free Hospital.  7 – 9pm: Singing Madrigals  They will be led by our Musical Director, Benjamin Wolf.  Music will be provided. The cost of the workshop is £15 per workshop (some concessionary places are available). If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form: here.

 

Wed 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct

 

Chickenshed Community Chorus is an on-going series of vocal sessions at which you can develop your singing skills as part of an ensemble. During the workshop you will learn and develop vocal arrangements and will gain skills, confidence and understanding about how the various parts are put together and then performed. Participants can expect a wonderful mix of songs arranged with a Chickenshed twist, and there are chances to perform throughout the year!

 

Venue:             Chickenshed Theatre unless stated otherwise.

Address:          290 Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE

Box Office:       020 8292 9222

E-mail:             bookings@chickenshed.org.uk

Website:          www.chickenshed.org.uk

Time:               6.30pm

Ages                21+

Price    :           £45 for 6 weeks of workshops or  £8.50 Pay As You Go

 
12 September 2015

Altrincham Choral Society Singing Day Following on from our very successful Come & Sing in 2014, Altrincham Choral Society is delighted to invite you to join us to explore John Rutter’s Feel The Spirit. Whether you are an experienced singer or last sang in a school choir, you will be most welcome – all you need is a love of music! Cost (inc. music hire and tea/coffee on arrival) £15 (£7 students). http://www.altrincham-choral.co.uk/

 
14 September 2015

Altrincham Choral Society invite you to an open rehearsal singing Verdi' Requiem. Altrincham Methodist Church, Altrincham. Cheshire 7.45-10 pm. Tickets Free! Simply turn up on the night – music provided. [Concert performance November 14th 2015 at the RNCM, Manchester]

 
19 September 2015 Thame Choral Society and their Director, Helen Swift, invite you to a choral workshop to explore parts 1 and 2 of Bach's Christmas Oratorio on Saturday, 19 September from 10am until 4pm at the Methodist Church, 25 High Street, Haddenham, Aylesbury HP17 8ES. Copies of the score (Novello, edited by Neil Jenkins) will be available for hire on the day and refreshments will be provided. Workshop fee £15, hire of score £2 - For more information and an application form, email thamechoralsociety@hotmail.co.uk or telephone the Secretary, Liz Hammond, on 01844 216 801.
 
26 September 2015

Come and Sing Vive La Vélorution'  with it's composer Alexander L'Estrange and the St Cecilia Chorus.  10am-3pm Priory School, Bolter’s Lane, Banstead, SM7 2AJ.   

 

Enjoy a day of singing with St Cecilia Chorus a 70-strong amateur choir in Banstead, Surrey. 'Vive La Vélorution' is a hugely successful choral work by acclaimed British composer Alexander L'Estrange. Specially commissioned to mark the grand depart of the 2014 Tour de France, it received its premiere in York Minster. Its  entertaining songs tell the story of the bicycle from its inauspicious beginnings to the glorious Tour de France.

 

A charismatic musical director, Alexander's workshops are known for their lively atmosphere with 'the best vocal warm-ups in the world' (Howard Goodall MBE). In this relaxed and fun day you’ll get tips for vocal technique as well as learning the music which will be new to most of us. If you love singing and can read music, join us!

 

Cost: £10 per person (includes music hire)

Refreshments: Coffee & tea available, bring lunch or Banstead High St nearby

Parking: Pay and display car park next to Priory School

Booking: To book a place, email tickets@stceciliachorus.org.uk or call 0208 669 3472

 
2 - 4 October 2015

Royal School of Church Music Singing Break for Adults in Salisbury.  Adults (aged 18 and over) of all levels are welcome to attend this course held in a gloriously picturesque setting. This course is organised by the director and booking is through the venue. For more information and booking details visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015SBA.php 

 
3 October 2015

Singers' Guide - workshop on basic choral singing and techniques, from 10am to 1.30pm, St Martin's Church, Hale Gardens, Acton W3 9SQ

Questors Choir invites you to a morning workshop for people who want to try out their voices or singers who want to expand their knowledge. The workshop is led by Philip Norman, musical director of Questors Choir. Philip is also the artistic director of The London Sangerstevne, Small Choirs International and many other choral projects. See www.pnms.co.uk

The Singers' Guide is open to everyone over 16, and its free if you're between 16 and 25. If you're over 25 and book before 29th September, the workshop is £10. The charge is £15 (£10 concessions) if you pay on the door.

To book or find out more, go to www.questorschoir.org.uk, or email us on info@questorschoir.org.uk, or phone 020 8816 7734 or 07802 720 333.

 
3 October 2015

Decibellas invite you to a choral workshop on October 3rd in Chester for women only with clinician Brian Hughes, “Here Comes Treble” http://www.decibellas.co.uk/decibellasevents/2015/10/3/here-comes-treble

 
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 www.dartington-community-choir.co.uk

 
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: http://www.choral-workshops.com/

 
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 http://tinyurl.com/http-OperaChorusWorkshop2015 To reserve a place or find out more information please ring Alison Bestow 01473 625070 or email alison.bestow@gmail.com. Early booking is recommended. http://www.suffolksingers.co.uk/

 
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 www.facebook.com/MoorlandVoices ; email MoorlandVoices1@gmail.com or phone 07971 171297 

 
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 

0044 (0)1462 459446 • info@benslowmusic.org    www.benslowmusic.org

   

2016  
   
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: https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-szymanowski-brahms-cracow/