Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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2020  
   
25 - 26 March 2020

Discovering Elgar Part Songs If you have some singing experience - perhaps you sing in a choir or would like to - this is a chance to find out what your vocal cords can do to a backdrop of British 20th century part song.

What better environment than an Edwardian country house to focus on the work of Elgar.  We will be including 'O Happy Eyes', 'Love', 'My Love dwelt in a Northern Land'. You’ll extend your skills and enhance your repertoire, singing in a group with the expert guidance of our singing leader and vocal coaches. For more information visit https://yorkshiredalesmusic.co.uk/courses/choral-singing-1-5-days/

 
28 March 2020 Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in one of London's most beautiful Victorian Gothic churches - St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington. 9.30 - 5.30 with a concert at 7pm Tickets - Workshop £20, audience £10 Info - Come and sing Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in the beautiful Victorian Gothic church of St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington.  After the workshop, there will be an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.  Working alongside St James’s Director of Music George de Voil, Matthew will guide you through his Requiem.  You will also be joined by acclaimed young cellist Olivia da Costa, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.https://matthewcoleridge.com/london/
 
28 March, 29 March, 15 - 19 April 2020

Sing Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Suffolk, London and Prague. We are seeking singers for three performances of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Suffolk, London and Prague, so please contact us if you are an experienced singer with a sense of adventure! We are particularly keen to hear from tenors and basses. Surrey-based English Arts Chorale, Suffolk’s Eye Bach Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the Prague Conservatoire are collaborating to deliver the three concerts in St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, (Saturday 28th March), the Royal Academy of Music (29th March), and culminating in a visit to Prague from 15th-19th April 2020. Join us for rehearsals in Reigate or Suffolk in the run up to the concerts. For more details and a booking form, visit www.englisharts.org or contact Wietske Hendriksen at wietske.hendriksen@outlook.com

 
25 April 2020

Singing Day - Verdi Requiem with the English Arts Chorale and guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth. Saturday 25th April 2020: St Mary’s Church, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN 10-4pm Join us for an exhilarating day of singing one of the great choral masterpieces with internationally renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth. Mark is one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, as much at home in the opera house as the concert hall. Recognised for his masterly interpretations ranging from Mozart to Boulez, Mark has forged enduring relationships with many orchestras and opera houses throughout the world.

Participants should be familiar with the piece. Family and Friends are warmly invited to listen to an informal sing through at 3.30pm
Cost £20 including music hire (Full time students aged over 17 years £5.00 ) Tea and Coffee included. Bring a packed lunch.

To book a place please go to  www.englisharts.org

 
9 May 2020 Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the excellent acoustics of one of Britain's most striking modernist churches - the spectacular All Saints, Clifton. With cello soloist George Owen, and Gloucester Cathedral organist Jonathan Hope. 9.00 - 5.30 with a concert at 7pm
Tickets - Workshop £20, audience £10 Info - Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in the iconic modernist church of All Saints in the leafy Bristol suburb of Clifton.  After the workshop, there will be an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.  Working alongside Gloucester Cathedral’s assistant Director of Music Jonathan Hope.  You will also be joined by local cellist George Owen and soprano Emily Hicks
https://matthewcoleridge.com/bristol/
 
16 May 2020

Spem in Alium Choral Workshop with the Oxford Bach Choir - Merton College Oxford  10 am - 4.30 pm Come and join us for an exciting day rehearsing and performing Thomas Tallis’ monumental 40 part motet in its 450th year in Merton College Chapel under the direction of
Benjamin Nicholas, our Music Director and the Director of Music of Merton College. Tickets £25  (students £10) including music and afternoon tea. For more information see https://www.oxfordbachchoir.org/events/ or email workshop@oxfordbachchoir.org

 
16 - 17 May 2020 The Derbyshire Singers welcome old friends and new to our annual Choral Workshop. On the Saturday we will be working on Rossini's Messe Solennelle (Ricordi) while on the Sunday we will be working on Mendelssohn's Elijah (Novello). Days atarts at 9.00am and finishes at 5.00 pm. Refreshments available during the coffee and tea breaks are included in the price of the day. Tea or coffee will also be available at 9.00 am and at 1.00 pm for which any donations will be gratefully received. Details of eating places in the area will be sent with the registration acknowledgement. Those who wish to enjoy a full weekend may do so, but for singers who prefer a shorter course we can offer either Saturday or Sunday. For more details and a booking form visit https://www.derbyshiresingers.org/choral-weekend-2020
 
18 - 24 May 2020

Sing the Fauré Requiem in France with Brian Kay. Issigeac International Music Academy. Spend an unforgettable singing holiday in one of the most beautiful villages in France. Principal tutorBrian Kayis a BBC radio presenter, conductor and singer and was a founder member of the King's Singers. He is noted as a choral conductor and is currently Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, the largest choral society in the UK, he is also Vice President of the Royal School of Church Music. In this six-day course Brian and the choir will prepare the Fauré Requiem, Bob Chilcott’s Dances of Time and a new Agnus Dei specially written for the occasion, culminating in a Saturday evening performance in the local church. Throughout the course the Academy's staff of professional tutors will be hosting informal concerts, masterclasses, social events, talks and visits and giving group tuition so there will be plenty of opportunity to get together and sing other works in a variety of styles. All coaching will be in English.

To make our course extra special international opera star Dame Ann Murray will also be coaching a small group of advanced soloists who will give daily masterclasses and a recital to inspire and entertain us all. Our host village of Issigeac is south of Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France. This beautiful medieval village is very popular with visitors with its winding streets and overhanging half timbered buildings. Issigeac is famed for its weekly Sunday market, one of the top 10 best markets in France! Bergerac airport is only twenty minutes away and is served by many of the UK’s regional airports. Accommodation is not included, however we do provide an extensive list of excellent local accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of our staff are fluent French speakers and are on hand to assist you. Full Choral Course with BrianKay £350 per person. Group discounts available contact us for details. Book before 1st January 2020 and get a £50 discount! For more information and to reserve your place please visit: www.iimusicacademy.com

 
21 - 24 May 2020

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Alix (Beaujolais-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on Italian music of the Renaissance : G.P. da PALESTRINA. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director. For more information : https://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
22 - 26 May 2020 Three Days in May - A residential Singing Workshop in Milden Hall, near Lavenham in Suffolk. The venue is in a Tythe barn where people can sleep too (or camp if they prefer slightly more privacy/ less communal arrangements). With Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy. Enjoy beautifully arranged pieces from English and American Traditions - transatlantic love-songs to rousing shanties. Dine with fellow singers at the long feasting table and share songs around the wood burner. The price is £375 early-bird - till February. Afterwards £390. More information can be found here https://sing.co.uk/event/threedaysinmay-2
 
23 May 2020

Winchester Music Club invites you to join us for a choral workshop followed by a run through performance exploring choruses from Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt. Filled with frogs, locusts, hailstones and rivers of blood, Israel in Egypt is one of Handel’s most dramatic oratorios. It  presents one of the most powerful musical dramas of any oratorio ever written. The single and double choruses enumerate all the manner of horrific events visited upon the Egyptians for having held the Jews in bondage and are a joy to sing!
The workshop will be led by Benjamin Cunningham, Assistant Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College and founder member and co-Artistic Director of the award winning vocal ensemble SANSARA.

Timetable
    10.30am Registration
    11.00am Rehearsal
      1.00pm Lunch break (there are pubs and cafés 5 minutes walk away or you are welcome to bring a picnic)
      2.00pm Resume rehearsal
      4.00pm Tea and Cakes
      4.30pm Run through performance
      5.15pm Finish

Location
Winchester College Music School, Culver Road, Winchester, SO23 9JF

Parking
There is no parking available on site (except for disabled) and the nearby streets are restricted to 2 hours so please use city centre car parks or the park and ride.

Refreshments
Tea and coffee will be served in the breaks, with home made cakes in the afternoon break. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and there are plenty of cafés, supermarkets and bars 5 minutes walk away.

Cost
Singers: £20 (including score hire),  £5 students under 25
Audience: £5, accompanied children fee of charge

Tickets
From www.winchestermusicclub.org.uk/buy-tickets
Tickets might be available on the day but advance booking is advised.

Enquiries
tickets@winchestermusicclub.org.uk

 
20 June 2020 Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful acoustics of Pershore's Medieval Abbey, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. With cello soloist Maxim Calver (BBC Young Musician finalist 2018) and The Real String Orchestra. 9.00 - 4.45 with a concert at 7pm Tickets - Workshop £20, audience £10. Info - Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in the incredible Pershore Abbey.  Join composer Matthew Coleridge for what is bound to be one of the highlights of his 2020 Requiem in a day tour!  You’ll be working with cello soloist Maxim Calver - a grand finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 - in the spectacular medieval Pershore Abbeyhttps://matthewcoleridge.com/pershore/
 
4 - 11 July 2020

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany-France). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on European music of the Renaissance for women's choir : G.P. da PALESTRINA, O. di LASSO & Juan VÁSQUEZ. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director. For more information : https://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
25 April 2020 and 7 July 2020

Take the Verdi Challenge 2020 with the English Arts Chorale and sing the Verdi Requiem with us from memory at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London South Bank on 7th July 2020
The English Arts Chorale will be performing Verdi's great Requiem, entirely from memory, conducted by Leslie Olive, Artistic Director of the EAC, with the fully professional English Arts Chorale Orchestra and soloists Linda Richardson, Emily Bauer-Jones, Andrew Henley and Emyr Wyn Jones.
Singing without a score creates performances of immense energy and focus.
The Chorale is recruiting additional singers for this concert. If you enjoy singing, can read music, have some choral experience, and are up for the Challenge, we’d love to hear from you!
The Challenge starts with our Singing Day on April 25th, led by the internationally-acclaimed conductor Mark Wigglesworth, one-time director of English National Opera.
Cost : £60
Cost for singers aged under 30 years : £30
Are you aged between 17 and 30 years, and in full time education? Then you can take part free of charge!!  
What’s included:
25th April 2020                                              Singing Day St Mary’s Church Reigate RH2 7RN
20 April to 29th June 2020                         Join EAC for their weekly rehearsals at Wray Common Primary
                                                                         School RH2 0LR on Monday evenings at 7.44pm
7th July 2020                                                 Afternoon rehearsal at QEH followed by evening performance at 7.30pm   

Access to on line practice resources will also be available. To book your place in this unmissable opportunity,  go to englisharts.org  and fill in the booking form

 
19 - 25 July 2020

Paul Spicer's English Choral Experience. A week of fine choral singing, excellent food and convivial company in the magically situated Dore Abbey. Experience an inspirational choral course with the opportunity to join the course Consort. With a multi media exhibition, this week becomes a mini Arts Festival.  To book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/AD-booking.php

 
1 - 8 August 2020

Choral Course at NLMS Music Summer School, 1 to 8 August 2020. A challenging and enjoyable week of singing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Downe House School, near Newbury, Berkshire (near Oxford, England).  Professional singers lead every section and provide expert coaching.  There are many optional activities, a concert every evening and plenty of opportunity for enjoying the extensive grounds, swimming pool and socialising in the bar.  Visit the NLMS Music Summer School website at https://nlmsmusic-summerschool.co.uk/

 
1 - 8 August 2020

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in the Charterhouse of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (Auvergne-Rhone-Alps). The workshop is aimed at experienced singers. It will focus on sacred music of the Renaissance in Spain : MORALES, LOBO & GUERRERO. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director. For more information : https://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
2 - 9 August 2020 Choritalia Chamber Choir Courses - A one week choral singing holiday for in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany Italy. Choral Directors Stephen Jackson, Deborah Miles-Johnson and Crispin Lewis.Further details from www.choritalia.com.
 
20 August 2020 Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire. 9.00 - 5.00 with a concert at 7pm. Tickets - Workshop £20, audience £10. Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in the historic Dorchester Abbey. You’ll be joined by cello soloist Sarah Gait, organist Laurence Caldecote and soprano soloist Emily Hicks, as we work through Matthew’s beautiful Requiem, before giving an atmospheric evening performance.
https://matthewcoleridge.com/dorchester/
 
25 - 30 August 2020

Florence International Singing Programme. FISP is a choral course that combines singing with tourism and this year’s focus is on the English Renaissance tradition — using the services, such as Evensong and Vespers to place this music in its historical context.  This is further enhanced with our optional seminars which further look into the history of the reformation and the impact that this has on choral music today.

Led by Caius Lee (St Catharine's College, Cambridge) and Anthony Gray (St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate). Activities include sung Choral Evensong, late night Compline and a Saturday evening concert. Other events include cheese/wine tasting, free evening meals, seminars on English church music and lots of time to explore Florence. 

Feel free to visit our website www.florenceisp.com or email us at info@florenceisp.com.

Early bird price £430.00

 
8 - 11 September 2020 Discover Choral Singing - If you have some singing experience - perhaps you sing in a choir or would like to - this is a chance to find out what your vocal cords can do to a backdrop of British 20th century part song.

What better environment than an Edwardian country house to focus on the work of Elgar (O Happy Eyes, Love, My Love dwelt in a Northern Land), Vaughan Williams(Five Folk songs), Finzi (I praise the tender Flowers, My Spirit sang all day), Farrer (To Daffodils), Delius (The Splendour Falls), and Britten (The Evening Primrose). You’ll extend your skills and enhance your repertoire, singing in a group with the expert guidance of our singing leader and vocal coaches. For more information visit https://yorkshiredalesmusic.co.uk/courses/discover-choral-singing/
 
19 September 2020 Come and Sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem at Exeter Cathedral, and experience the rapture of singing in one of England's finest Medieval Cathedrals. With cello soloist Jamal Aliyev, acclaimed soprano Karin Dahlberg, and Exeter Cathedral's organist Timothy Noon. 9.00 - 4.30 with a concert at 7.30pm. Tickets - Workshop £25, audience £10. Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in one of Europe’s finest medieval cathedrals. Join composer Matthew Coleridge as a massed choir of over 200 singers from Devon, Dorset and beyond descend on Exeter for a glorious day of choral singing!  You will be joined by Jamal Aliyev, one of the most exciting young cellist of this generation and also all the way from Sweden, Karin Dahlberg, an internationally acclaimed soprano soloist who performed Matthew’s Requiem in Sweden in 2019.https://matthewcoleridge.com/exeter/
 
15 - 18 October 2020

Choral Workshop on Lake Garda / Italy - Mozart's Coronation Mass - Choral Workshop with Concert - International Oratorio Choir
The International Oratorio Choir (Artistic Director Peter Laskowski) is a project choir, with which you may again perform the oratorios you know in an international lineup. 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.

Who can take part in the project?
 - groups of at least 10 persons
What are the terms and conditions for singers?
- own choral scores (published by Breitkopf & Härtel) of Coronation Mass (W. A. Mozart)
- some rough knowledge of the piece (e.g. having worked through it yourself or indeed having performed it on a previous occasion)
- commitment to attend all the rehearsals throughout the project phase
More information here: https://www.choral-workshops.com/