Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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2016  
   
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 : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 

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 www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/chamberchoir.html

 

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 - 13 August 2016
Elementary & Intermediate Singing & Choir at ‘Cubertou’ in SW France

Have fun singing in a relaxed, non competitive environment – with an excellent tutor in a gorgeous location

Tutor: David Dellaire

Prices: £400 to £700, includes tuition, accommodation, all meals and wine with supper

Venue: Cubertou is a lovely old farm in the Lot region, converted to accommodate summer arts and music courses

Course:

Repertoire is from a range of periods and in a variety of styles – from madrigals to show songs.

Group sessions on sight singing and chamber music skills.

Opportunities for perform solos/duets in informal soirées before supper.

The morning comprises two sessions, with a break for coffee. After lunch is siesta time, when you can laze by the pool, walk in the woods, rest or play. The final session of the day is after tea and before pre-supper drinks.

Full Details: http://cubertou.com/elementary-singing-choir/

 
7 - 13 August 2016

CoMA Contemporary Music Summer School - Doncaster College, High Melton, Yorkshire DN5 7SZ. This year’s CoMA Summer School celebrates the life and work of Michael Finnissy. Widely recognised as one of the most significant and influential composers of his generation, Michael, now in his 70th year, is a life-long advocate of amateur musicianship and a dedicated supporter of CoMA and the late starters movement. Accordingly, at the heart of Summer School will be a project, directed by James Weeks, involving all participants – composers and performers, teachers and students alike – working together using folk materials sourced from around the globe, to create a MusicWorld for Michael Finnissy, designed to transform the Summer School site into an abundant musical ecosystem – a cheek-by-jowl final ‘circus’ performance in the manner of John Cage.

Scheduled around this core project will be a varied programme of options for composers, singers, pianists, and other instrumentalists, as well as dedicated string orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, creative opera, voice and music theatre. Voice and music theatre options are: CoMA Partsongs with James Weeks & Janet Oates, exploring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Luniare with Loré Lixenberg, devising an Opera in Procession with Janet Oates and Songbooks & Folksongs (lyrical C21 repertoire) with Loré Lixenberg.

 

This year’s tutors will be James Weeks, Michael Finnissy, Lore Lixenberg, Janet Oates, Gregory Rose, Darragh Morgan, Adi Tal and Mary Dullea and Clare Simmonds plus three talks by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. The concert programme features the Fidelio Trio, the re-launch of the fabled IXION Ensemble and much, much more, including one of Michael Finnissy’s utterly unique cabaret concerts. For full details and booking information, see www.coma.org/summermusic.       

 
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 www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/choralmasterpieces.html

 

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!

For more details visit www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/lightersidechoral.html

 

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.  

 

For more details visit www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/voicesinharmony.html

 
12 - 19 August 2016

Secular Choral Course with Mary King Helicon Arts are running a fantastic singing holiday for 2016, taking place at the stunning Pousada de Vila Viçosa in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Pousada is a restored 16th-century convent complete with cloisters and beautiful frescoes which offers excellent accommodation with a lovely swimming pool. Relatively undiscovered by tourists, the Alentejo is a veritable treasure trove of medieval whitewashed villages, award-winning wineries and beautiful countryside – not to mention local gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer, including an excursion to Lisbon, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora, a tasting in one of Alentejo's finest wineries and an opportunity to explore the beautiful hilltop village of Monsaraz.

This course will be our fourth led by renowned vocal coach and broadcaster Mary King. We’ll be singing a lighter selection of choral music, including classical, jazz, popular, folk, and musical theatre, ending the week with a public concert.

The courses will offer an uplifting and rewarding singing experience, alongside a varied programme of social and cultural activities.

 

A fun-packed musical programme and an active social schedule will guarantee a memorable holiday.

 

Full details about the courses are now available on our website, www.heliconarts.co.uk.

 

13 - 21 August 2016

Sing for Pleasure Summer School. Keele University Staffordshire, ST5 5BG (Residential) There’s something for everyone with a keen choral interest at Summer School this year, from musicianship and choral courses for singers, and Foundation and Intermediate choral conducting skills training, right through to the demands of the Advanced conducting course.

 

We’re offering a range of different training opportunities to cater for all abilities and styles. Our perennially popular Conducting courses are available at Foundation, Intermediate 1 and 2 and Advanced levels, and for singers, we have a number of part-week courses. Musicianship for Singers, running for the first half of the week, is ideal for participants wanting to brush up on their musicianship skills and vocal technique; for the second half of the week, we have three Choral courses, aimed respectively at community choirs, experienced sight singers and those looking for more challenging repertoire.

Come and join us for a week to remember!

 

Download the literature below for more details and course fees.

SS16 Full week brochure

SS16 Choral courses leaflet

 

More details from www.singforpleasure.org.uk/events/current-listings/summer-school-2016/

 
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. www.lacock.org/html/body_ludlow.html
 
20 - 27 August 2016

Sacred Choral Course with Ivor Setterfield Helicon Arts will be running a fantastic singing holiday for 2016, taking place at the stunning Pousada de Vila Viçosa in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Pousada is a restored 16th-century convent complete with cloisters and beautiful frescoes which offers excellent accommodation with a lovely swimming pool. Relatively undiscovered by tourists, the Alentejo is a veritable treasure trove of medieval whitewashed villages, award-winning wineries and beautiful countryside – not to mention local gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer, including an excursion to Lisbon, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora, a  tasting in one of Alentejo's finest wineries and an opportunity to explore the beautiful hilltop village of Monsaraz.

This will be our 19th choral course conducted by Ivor Setterfield, and repertoire will focus on sacred choral works from ancient to modern for SATB choir. We will give a concert at the end of the week in a local church.

 

A fun-packed musical programme and an active social schedule will guarantee a memorable holiday.

 

Full details about the courses are now available on our website, www.heliconarts.co.uk.

 
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 http://www.cvpc.co email cvpc2016@gmail.com
 
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.

SACRED MUSIC BY HEINRICH SCHÜTZ (1585-1672)
Psalmen Davids
Geistliche Chormusik
Symphoniae Sacrae

More information: www.lacock.org/html/body_trogir.html

 
7 September - 19 October 2016

Vocal Workshop run by Chickenshed Theatre Community Choir, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE.  An ongoing series of vocal sessions at which participants can develop their singing skills as part of an ensemble. Spread over 6 weeks from Wed 7 Sept – Wed 19 Oct. Times: 6.30pm-8.30pm. Age limit 21+  Price: £45 for series of 6 sessions or £7.50 per week pay as you go.

You will learn and develop vocal arrangements and 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!

Box Office: 020 8292 9222 E-mail: bookings@chickenshed.org.uk Website: www.chickenshed.org.uk

 
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 caroleawyatt@gmail.com Numbers limited, early applications recommended.
 
1 - 2 October 2016

Jurassic Coast Singing: Songs from Eastern Europe and Beyond - Eype Centre for the Arts, Mount Lane, Eype, Dorset DT6 6AR

Come and join us in the Dorset coastal village of Eype for a singing weekend exploring folk music from Eastern Europe and Africa with Colin Rea. 

Colin is a much sought after vocal teacher, choral director, educator and workshop leader working in the South West, nationally and internationally.

The weekend course is designed to be a fun and exciting experience for singers of all abilities. You do not need to be able to read music and no previous singing experience is necessary. 

 

The price of this non-residential singing weekend is £130. 

This includes all group singing tuition, refreshments (teas/coffees/biscuits) and lunch for both days (Saturday – one course buffet lunch. Sunday – a traditional Sunday lunch consisting of a main course and a dessert.)

 

For more information and to book your place, please visit: https://jurassiccoastsinging.wordpress.com/

 
8 October 2016

newChoir of Oxford are be hosting a fantastic one-day workshop to help you and your members improve their vocal and breathing technique, and enjoy singing even more. It will be lead by voice experts Jeremy Fisher and Dr Gillyanne Kayes (if you want to find out more about them, their website is www.vocalprocess.co.uk) and there will be a chance to sing and put the learning into practice. More details are on the attached flyer.

 

The workshop will be held on Saturday 8th October between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Rye St Antony School, Oxford, and will cost £25, including music and refreshments during the day. To book go to http://www.newchoir.org.uk/#!this-is-a-voice/niil9

 
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: https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-carmina-burana/ 

 
23 October 2016

Suffolk Singers Choral Workshop 2016 - Famous Choruses - Framlingham College 09.30-17.00

Directed by Claire Weston

FREE public performance at 16.30

Adult £20, under 19s FREE

 

Price 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.

 

At this year’s Workshop (our 6th), Claire will lead us through some famous choruses.  They will include:

            •              Brahms “Requiem” - How lovely is thy dwelling place

            •              Handel “Messiah” - Hallelujah chorus 

            •              Mendelssohn “Elijah” - Lift Thine Eyes

            •              Bach  “St Matthew Passion” - In tears of grief

            •              Verdi “Requiem” - Dies Irae

 

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. 

 

To reserve a place or find out more information please ring Alison Bestow 01473 625070 

alternatively email alison.bestow@gmail.com

 

Early booking is recommended.

 
28 December 2016 - 2 January 2017 Lacock Winter School, held between Christmas and New Year – the 28th of December to the 2nd of January. This will again be in Corsham, which has proved itself a convenient and accessible destination at what can be a hazardous time of year. The conductor will be Will Carslake. Will is one of the new generation of writers and composers to whom the environment is a prime concern. The main work will be the magnificent Western Wind Mass of Christopher Tye, around which Will has come up with a most imaginative programme based on the four elements. It will include a piece of his own, The Duel of the White-Necked Ravens. All the details of the course and more about Will are on the Lacock website www.lacock.org.
 
27 April - 1 May 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop in Spain

John Rutter - Magnificat

https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-rutter-magnificat/

 
1 October 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop 26 September - Poland

W. A. Mozart - Requiem, KV 626

https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-mozart-requiem-cracow/