Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

14 September

Choral workshop with Stone Choral, from 10am - 4 pm at St Dominic's Priory School, Station Road, Stone, ST15 8EN.  It will probably cost £10. This is to prepare for a performance of Stuart Johnson's Requiem. We should like to welcome some extra singers to join us for the performance to make it a really special evening.   We need singers who can also come to at least 75% of our Thursday night practices up  to the concert in November.  There will be further details on our website & Facebook pages:

20 September

Bach 2 Basics Choral workshop day on the Magnificats of J S Bach and C P E Bach with the Whitehall Choir

When and where

20 September 2014, 10am registration for a 10.30 am start to 3.30 pm with an hour’s break for lunch,

at St Stephen’s, Rochester Row, London SW1P 1LE, a 10-minute walk from St James’s Park and Victoria stations.


For the fun of it and to get to know these two beautiful works by father and son better under the expert tuition of the choir’s

guest conductor, Benjamin Goodson (

Who can take part and can I join the choir?

Any singer who would like to come along as the Whitehall Choir begins work on these pieces two months before its concert of the Bach Magnificats on 24 November at St John’s Smith Square is welcome. If you want to join the choir this term after taking part in the workshop, come to our rehearsal for a 6.30 pm start on Tuesday 23 September and you will be able to audition immediately following. More details will be provided on the 20th and visit

How much and who do I contact? £5, payable on the day, but please email: to let us know if you are coming.

28 September

VOCAL HARMONY WORKSHOP (mixed DORSET VOCAL PROJECT voice aged 16+) at Greenford Primary School, Maiden Newton, DT2 0AX 1.00 p.m.—4.00 p.m. For further details and booking. Email:


4 October VOCES8 Workshop The Gresham Centre, St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7BX. A wide-ranging training day for choral leaders with one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. 11am - 4pm. A fun, inclusive and wide-ranging training day for both experienced and developing choral leaders, which will look at:

  • mental, physical and vocal warm ups for individuals and ensembles.
  • different styles of music including renaissance, contemporary classical, spiritual, jazz and pop.
  • creativity, soundscapes and ways in which you can use this in rehearsal with choirs of all ages and ability levels.
  • learning songs by heart, and fun ways to develop complex harmony and rhythm without using sheet music.
  • Q&A: we want to be answering your specific questions, and discussing challenges you face, so do come with topics to discuss!
  • networking: the room will be full of people who share the same drive, determination and motivation to create great choral music.
  • abcd members £50, non-members £60

    Booking online at

    10 - 12 October

    Choral Weekend at Sneaton Castle, Whitby. Haydn's "Creation".  Promoted by "Music Matters". Gareth Green (Musical Director). Lots of singing. Great fun. Lovely location. For further details see or phone 01226 752738.

    12 - 19 October

    The "Singing Danube – Choral Performance Cruise“ features picturesque and outstanding landscapes of the Danube region combined with a high standard cruise. We will give the possibility to your choir to share incredible and intense moments of music with other singers aboard. The artistic content is designed by musicians for musicians and will offer you the possibility to sing on land in inspiring venues.

    Artistic director Diego Lenger (Argentina) will be part of the tour and use his extensive expertise to ensure smooth operations and high educational content. Moreover guest-director Prof. Volker Hempfling (Germany) will join the “Singing Danube Cruise” and give you professional guidance.  

    Below the important points regarding the educational and artistic content:

    • High educational content designed by international choral experts

    • International artistic director and guest conductor

    • Exclusive river-related song concept

    • Land & on board performances

    • Inspiring performance venues

    This cruise is mostly dedicated to pre-existing choirs. Although individual singers are welcome and would be dispatched into the constituted choirs.

    Non-singers that would like to accompany a relative, friends, etc. can also join the cruise. Specific / alternative activities could be proposed to them during the tour.

    There is no age limit. A general presentation in English is available on this website. A detailed Pdf-description in English including pricing is available here.

    Contact: PDM Tourism Group, Neubaugasse 68/2/20 | 1070 Vienna | Austria T +43 1 478 80 90 - 130 | F +43 1 478 80 90 – 41 E| | Facebook

    15-19 October

    International Oratorio Choir Workshop , Riva del Garda (Italy). We will work together on Mozart's Coronation Mass. 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. The rehearsals will take place besides Lake Garda. The lake presents a wonderful spectacle of natural luminescence and colours for an unforgettable musical event. The final concert will be held in Riva del Garda (Italy) on 18 October 2014 within the context of the 8th International Lago di Garda Music Festival. 

    More information about these projects:

    15 - 20 October

    Singing Holidays present their Palermo Singing Break 2014. This is a 5 night Singing Break. We’ll be staying right in the heart of the old city in small, boutique accommodation. Our mornings will commence with a warm up designed to improve your breathing and physical awareness before moving on to our group singing session.

    After a delicious lunch and some free time in the afternoon we’ll have a further group rehearsal before hitting the city nightlife! By the time we’ve strolled through the warm old streets of Palermo, breathed in the delicious smells of barbecued street food our taste buds will be near bursting as we cosy up in one of the many family run trattoria.


    As always with Singing Holidays you can be assured that wherever we eat, wherever we go, we have personally researched every experience so you can enjoy the ultimate holiday and the very best of everything. For more details visit

    18 October 2014

    Patrick Hawes is giving a Choral Workshop on a new commission for Aliquando Chamber Choir ‘I Know the Music’ words of Wilfred Owen also Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor. St Mary’s Church’s  Chantry House, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AU. Time – (10.30 Registration) 11 to  4pm (lunch break from 1 – 2pm) Refreshments will be provided on site but suggest you bring a packed lunch. Price to include score hire & hot drinks & a cream tea - £25 Students and observers  £5. To secure a place phone 01491 578238 email Or fill in the form here

    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: