Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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2018  
   
   
Various Dates

Singing Holidays in France


Singing holiday weeks in the most beautiful part of France

  • Morning sessions and afternoons workshops
  • time free for relaxing and sightseeing
  • repertoire from all style periods
  • vocal technique


    the relaxed pace of Southwest France in charming villages, famous sites and castles of the Lot / Dordogne within reach

  • sing in romanesque churches with stunning acoustics
  • stay in picturesque B&B’s or gites
  • excellent flight and train connections, car rental possibilities
  • Great food
    Prices from € 290.
    www.singingholidaysfrance.com

    For more information visit http://www.isingmag.com/singing-in-ancient-churches/

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    Dates negotiable Sing in Italy - A Choral Workshop for your choir. Maximum flexibility - you chose your tour dates and the length of you stay. Rehearse and sing with local choirs. Workshop programme tailored to your choir's requirements. The base for the choral workshops is the well-appointed Eremo dei Pietro e Paolo, a retreat house of the diocese of Brescia. Situated in the hills of Bienno, a small town always featured on the list of the most beautiful small towns of Italy. All bedrooms are ensuite. Full board or half board. No single room supplements. Budget flights to Bergamo (Orio al Serio) or British Airways flights to Verona. For more details and prices contact Anthony Weaver at Choirs beyond Dover; email retreats@dircon.co.uk  
     
    28 April 2018

    Singing day with composer Bob Chilcott

    Come and join Chester Bach Singers for their one-day workshop with composer Bob Chilcott, featuring his Little Jazz Mass, Thou Knowest Lord (from Requiem), The Real of Heart and Thou My Love Art Fair.
    The workshop will be in the centre of Chester at St Mary’s Creative Space, St Mary’s Hill, Chester, CH1 2DW. This is easily reached by the Park and Ride bus services or there is plenty of pay parking nearby.


    9.00am 10.00am

    Arrival and Registration. Singers to register, collect loan music and be seated.

    10.00am – 11.15pm

    Session #1

    11.15am – 11.45pm

    Break. Tea/coffee will be served

    11.45pm – 1.00pm

    Session #2

    1.00pm – 2.00pm

    Lunch. There are plenty of nearby cafés and restaurants; alternatively singers are welcome to bring packed lunches and eat them in the hall.

    2.00pm – 3.15pm

    Session #3

    3.15pm – 3.45pm

    Break. Tea/coffee will be served

    3.45pm – 4.30pm

    Informal performance at which friends and family are welcome

    FEES
    Workshop fee £22 (£10 for under 19s and students in full time education). This cost includes loan of music also tea/coffee in the breaks.

    Please book early to ensure your place, as spaces are limited.
    To find out more and to book your place, go to: www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk

     
    28 April 2018

    The Addison Singers Oratorio Choir will sing one of the most popular choral works of the twentieth century, Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana', as part of their summer concert on July 7th this year.  


    BUT …
    We are holding an Open Rehearsal on 28th April to give people a rare opportunity to sing the choruses from this exciting piece at an early stage of rehearsal, and the day is open not just to existing members of the choir but also to singers from other choirs that might have sung the piece before, or even those who want to experience this landmark work for the first time.

    The cost will be £10 to singers not already enrolled with the Addison Oratorio Choir for the Summer term, but refundable if new singers enrol with the Oratorio Choir - either at the Open Rehearsal or online by Friday 4th May. Free tea, coffee and biscuits; homemade cake also on sale!

    St. Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, London W6 9BE 2PM - 5PM

    Tickets from: www.addisonsingers.com/events or on the door.

    Music scores:  Copies of the score will be available for loan on the day, or you can bring your own:  Carl Orff: Carmina Burana – Vocal score
    by Schott publishers, ISBN: 9783795753382 Tell all your friends and family who have always hankered after the chance to sing this piece! www.addisonsingers.com/events

     

    The conductor & Musical Director is David Wordsworth website: www.addisonsingers.com email: addisonadmin@gmail.com

     
    29 April 2018

    Workshop: Exploring contemporary vocal music. This workshop is part of the CoMA Open Score project. We will be exploring six brand new compositions for flexible vocal ensemble by postgraduate students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. We will be working with the composers to share in the creative process of producing exciting and original choral works. The pieces will be varied in style and we will round off the day with an informal performance for the composers.

    The workshop will be led by Sarah Leonard, a leading interpreter of contemporary vocal music and Musical Director of CoMA Voices. Sarah’s encouraging approach has helped many people develop their singing potential and understanding of contemporary music. This is the seventh year of this popular series of workshops at Trinity Laban. Previous experience of contemporary vocal music is not necessary.

    Time and place: 10:30 to 17:00 on Sunday 29 April 2018 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Greenwich, London.

    Cost: £20 (£15 concessions).

    Booking: contact Mick Kahn on 020 7249 5139 or voices@coma.org

    CoMA Voices is one of the ensembles of Contemporary Music for All, which promotes participation in contemporary music for musicians of all abilities. See www.coma.org.

     
    5 - 6 May 2018 Paul Spicer’s ECE Camerata - in the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester For expert amateur singers focusing on Bach’s motets, Singet dem Herrn and Komm, Jesu, komm. Join Paul Spicer, renowned choral conductor, to perfect and perform these two wonderful but demanding Bach motets in the beautiful setting of the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.  Please note that both motets are very demanding double choir works. We need significant numbers of tenors and basses, and singers will be expected to have thoroughly prepared the music before the weekend. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Bach-course.php
     
    10 - 13 May 2018

    Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop in Beaujolais, France. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland
    The workshop will be held in Alix, in the beautiful area of the 'pierres dorées' and will focus on Portuguese Renaissance music by Lopes Morago, Cardoso and Lôbo. 
    More information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

     
    18 - 20 May 2018

    A Chance to Sing: The Fabulous Gershwins- Tutor: Roger Moon
    Once again Roger Moon will lead from the piano an enjoyable weekend of group singing. Two brothers as unlike as potatoes and tomatoes, who together and separately were among the very greatest of that great era of songwriting talent. One flamboyant, one studious; one working to a good age after the other’s tragic early death. No need to be able to read music, although experienced singers have enjoyed the weekend as do beginners and returners: but if you expect a very serious course you might find more of a sing-song! As always, the only prerequisite is a sense of humour. One session will cover other music for a change, and may include participants’ requests if made in advance.
    http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2008

     
    25 - 28 May 2018

    Singing Retreat in the Forest of Dean 2018   

    You are warmly invited to this singing holiday which runs from Friday evening 25th May to Monday 28th Bank Holiday Monday. The event is held at Ragmans, a beautiful organic permaculture farm and idyllic retreat centre nestled in the heart of the Wye Valley. 

    Over the long weekend, there will be a glorious array of four part harmony singing, all parts taught by ear. There will also be early morning yoga available, informal jamming and singing sessions in the evenings, cabaret, ceremony and celebration. There will also be some free time to explore the area or relax in the surroundings.

    Dormitory beds in comfortable shared rooms or camping is available with full use of facilities. Delicious home cooked food is provided from Friday evening to Monday lunchtime. Cost of retreat is £205 for dormitory accommodation or £185 for camping. Please contact if you'd like more information. sheilatang68@hotmail.com
    http://www.ragmans.co.uk/courses/forest_of_dean_singing_retr eat_id_33/
    https://naturalvoice.net/event/singing-retreat-in-the-forest-of-dean

     
    1 - 3 June 2018
    Singing Retreat at Debden House with Hannah Brine

    Love singing? Want to immerse yourself in wonderful surroundings and make music with a friendly and welcoming group of singers from all backgrounds? Then we would love for you to join Hannah Brine's Singing Retreat 2018 at Debden House, near London, (debdenhouse.co.uk) from the 1st-3rd June 2018.

    What can you expect to do whilst on retreat? Led by conductor Hannah Brine you will learn gorgeous songs in 3 and 4 (and sometimes more!) part harmony as well as meeting fun, like-minded people and indulging in fabulous food prepared by our in-house chef. 

    Conductor Hannah Brine runs choirs in London including the award winning Victoria Park Singers and Kensington Singers. She has also delivered choral workshops for organisations including the NHS, ITV, Channel 4, Selfridges and Rothschild. She is currently taking the Estill Certified Master Teacher course (CMT) and teaches at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  She coached the choir for Gary Barlow's West end show - The Girls -  performances at the 2016 Royal Variety Show and the 2017 Olivier Awards.

    The total price for the retreat is £295 for residential delegates, with a £100 non refundable deposit to secure your place with the final balance due by April 20th. These prices are based on a twin room sharing/double rooms - there will be an additional supplement for a single room.

    We are also offering day delegate places (with all meals included but no accommodation) for £195, with a £75 non refundable deposit to secure your place with the final balance due by April 20th. This would be suitable either for local singers or singers who would prefer to stay in a hotel/B&B. Please contact us for a list of suggested B&Bs.  

    We have an in-house chef who will cater to all dietary requirements. If you would like us to help coordinate travel for you please let us know.

    For questions please contact Hannah on hannah@hannahbrine.co.uk. More information https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3198061

     
    5 - 9 June 2018

    ANÚNA International Summer School, Dublin, Ireland. The Anúna Summer Schooin Dublin has attracted delegates from twenty different countries and takes place in June of each year. To date delegates from over twenty countries have been part of this unique experience which focuses on the fundamental nature of singing itself and includes modules on conducting, singing technique, sean nós (traditional singing from Ireland) and a final concert where the participants perform with the members of Anúna. Details and application www.anuna.ie and for more information view but you might have a quick look at this short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SevK_kmXrSM

     
    17 - 24 June 2018

    June Week for Advanced Singers in Avila directed by David Skinner. We will return to our much loved city of Avila for another week of unaccompanied Renaissance gorgeousness, this time with David Skinner. A good standard of sight-reading is required and singers will be asked to complete a more detailed application form. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/avila-singing-holiday

     
    1 - 8 July 2018

    Sing Brahms Requiem in Dresden directed by Colin Durrant. Dresden was a huge hit during our first visit last year and was heavily oversubscribed. With a four-star hotel backing onto the River Elbe, great museums, exquisite architecture, and a visit to the Meissen porcelain workshops it's no surprise. Here is a second chance to experience all this. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/dresden-singing-holiday

     
    7 - 14 July 2018

    Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop in southern Brittany, France. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland
    The workshop will be held in Arradon, in the gulf of Morbihan and will focus on German Romantic music for women's voices by J. Brahms. 
    More information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

     
    13 - 15 July 2018

    Choral Weekend with Jonathan Willcocks - Tutor: Jonathan Willcocks
    We are delighted to welcome distinguished conductor and composer Jonathan Willlcocks to direct this course, which will focus on a range of European sacred choral music, including works by Bruckner, Fauré, Mozart and Rachmaninov, together with Jonathan’s own choral music. Please note that you must already have reasonable experience of choral singing to get the most from this course, which is not for beginners.
    http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2049

     
    15 - 22 July 2018

    A Week in Budapest directed by Patrick Craig. This will be our third visit to the exotic Hungarian capital. Expect dinner on a Danube cruiser, great scenery, good food and wine, and a week of pleasant, good-humoured, music-making under the baton of Patrick Craig. The week will feature a mix of Renaissance and more recent repertoire More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/budapest-singing-holiday

     
    22 - 28 July 2018

    Paul Spicer’s English Choral Experience Abbey Dore Week, Herefordshire. A week of fine choral singing, excellent food and convivial company in the magically situated Dore Abbey. Experience an inspirational choral course under the leadership of renowned choral conductor, Paul Spicer, with the opportunity to join the course Consort. With an extensive multi media exhibition, this week becomes a mini Arts Festival. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/AD-course.php

     
    28 July - 4 August 2018

    Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop in Occitania, southern France. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland
    The workshop will be held in Caunes-Minervois Abbey, in the area of the Minervois vineyard and will focus on English music of the early twentieth-century by Parry, Elgar and Holst.

    More information : http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr
     
    5 - 12 August 2018

    Assisi Summer School directed by David Skinner. This will be the last Assisi week directed by David Skinner for a while so don’t miss it. We will study a carefully selected programme of unaccompanied Early Music masterpieces concluding with a concert in the Basilica of San Francesco. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/assisi-singing-holiday 

     
    18 August - 1 September 2018

    The Berwang International Holiday Music Course combines intensive music making with a holiday based in the village of Berwang in the Austrian Tyrol. All music sessions are held in English. The course consists of a choir, a string orchestra and a wind ensemble who sometimes work independently and sometimes in a variety of combinations. The main work for 2018 is Haydn’s Nelson Mass which will be performed in the village church and again as part of a service at Stams Abbey. We will also rehearse/perform a wide variety of music from a range of periods and in various styles. New for 2018 is a junior choir for children aged 6-13, those aged 14 and over are welcome to join the main choir/instrumental groups.

    Should family or friends wish to join us for the holiday activities, but not take part in the music sessions, we have a category known as Listeners who will be made very welcome. A variety of accommodation is on offer to suit all pockets. For further details, or to book a place, please visit www.musicholiday.com or email admin@musicholiday.com.

     
    19 - 24 August 2018

    English Summer School, Bath directed by Nigel Perrin Based in the beautiful and historic City of Bath we will work on an exclusively English programme concentrating on the music of Purcell and his contemporaries. There will be opportunities for solo and semi-chorus work. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/bath-singing-holiday

     
    26 August - 1 September 2018

    Singers Abroad, which launches this year with a week in beautiful Friuli in north-east Italy.  The course is for choral singers of all ages, and includes five days of singing, culminating in a concert on the Friday evening in one of the oldest churches in the region.  Accommodation is provided in 4-star Eurohotel Palace Maniago, and the course includes four group meals together, opening and closing drinks receptions, and visits to nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites Lake Barcis, Cellina Gorge, Cividale del Friuli and the Nonino grappa distillery!


     The deadline for applications is 1 May 2018.  www.singersabroad.co.uk has all the details.

     
    30 August - 2 September 2018 Singing Retreat at Old Swinford Hospital with Hannah Brine

    Love singing? Want to immerse yourself in wonderful surroundings and make music with a friendly and welcoming group of singers from all backgrounds? Then we would love for you to join Hannah Brine's Singing Retreat 2018 at Old Swinford Hospital, near Birmingham (www.oshsch.com) from the 30th August to 2nd September 2018.

    What can you expect to do whilst on retreat? Led by conductor Hannah Brine you will learn gorgeous songs in 3 and 4 (and sometimes more!) part harmony as well as meeting fun, like-minded people and indulging in fabulous food prepared by our in-house chef. Hannah will be joined by guest conductor Patrick Barrett for the weekend who will lead a workshop or two too.

    Conductor Hannah Brine runs choirs in London including the award winning Victoria Park Singers and Kensington Singers. She has also delivered choral workshops for organisations including the NHS, ITV, Channel 4, Selfridges and Rothschild. She is currently taking the Estill Certified Master Teacher course (CMT) and teaches at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  She coached the choir for Gary Barlow's West end show - The Girls -  performances at the 2016 Royal Variety Show and the 2017 Olivier Awards.

    The total price for the retreat is £450 for residential delegates, with a £150 non refundable deposit to secure your place with the final balance due by June 1st. These prices are based on a twin room sharing/double rooms - there will be an additional supplement of £30 for a single room.

    We are also offering day delegate places (with all meals included but no accommodation) for £300, with a £100 non refundable deposit to secure your place with the final balance due by June 1st. This would be suitable either for local singers or singers who would prefer to stay in a hotel/B&B. Please contact us for a list of suggested B&Bs.  

    We have an in-house chef who will cater to all dietary requirements. If you would like us to help coordinate travel for you please let us know.

    For questions please contact Hannah on hannah@hannahbrine.co.uk. For more information visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3198074

     
    2 - 9 September 2018

    Church Music of the Portuguese Masters, Evora directed by David Allinson. The walled city of Évora and, in particular, its stunning cathedral, is the epicentre of the ‘Golden Age’ of Portuguese polyphony. We will study music by the three greatest composers of the time, Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo and Filipe de Magalhães, and sing a concert in the cathedral. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/evora-singing-holiday

     
    22 - 23 September 2018

    Paul Spicer’s ECE Camerata in Durham Castle, County Durham. Be one of around 30 experienced singers joining the renowned choral conductor, Paul Spicer, to perfect and perform choral chamber music in the stunning setting of Durham Castle, which together with Durham Cathedral, forms one of the most famous vistas in Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Durham-course.php

       
    23 - 30 September 2018

    Osborne Sherry Summer School, Spain directed by Jeremy Jackman Based near Jerez in the heart of the Spanish sherry region we will enjoy a week of sun, sea  - and sherry. We will enjoy tastings of award-winning sherry and Iberian ham and pay a visit to nearby Cadiz and Gibralter. There will be a choice of four-star and five-star accomodation. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/cadiz-singing-holiday

     
    10 - 14 October 2018

    The Glory of Venice This popular long weekend is always fully booked so stand by in January to apply in good time. We stay in the best part of Venice, near to all the sights but away from the crowds. And we get to sing Venetian music in Venice. No wonder it's so successful. Pictures from  last year here. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/venice-singing-holiday

     
    20 - 21 October 2018

    Paul Spicer’s ECE Camerata in St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, Suffolk. This new departure for Paul Spicer’s Camerata course is aimed at a chamber choir of expert, ambitious and high achieving upper voices (sop/alto) and will take place in the beautiful setting of St Bartholomew’s Church in Orford, Suffolk. Its aim will be to perform high quality music in a place that is so strongly linked to Britten and has premiered several of his works. For more information and to book: www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk/Orford-course.php

     
    1 - 5 November 2018

    Tribute tour of Flanders, Ghent directed by Peter North. There is no UK cathedral weekend planned for 2018 but, as the world prepares to pay tribute to the fallen on the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, Peter North will direct a special programme of commemorative music in churches in Ghent and Bruges, concluding with participation at the Last Post Ceremony by the Menin Gate. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/flanders-singing-holiday

     
    2 - 5 December 2018

    Mozart Requiem in Vienna directed by Jeremy Jackman Every two years, by invitation, we perform Mozart's Requiem in Vienna's Karlskirche with full Baroque orchestra and soloists. The concert takes place at midnight at the hour of Mozart's death. The Church is always packed and Vienna is surrounded by lavish Christmas markets. More information here: http://www.runbysingers.org/vienna-singing-holiday