Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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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,

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 email
30th August 2016 Basic Singing Skills Workshop with Diana North BA (hons), MA, MISM. This is a two hour workshop aimed at singers who are either new to singing or would like to refresh their technique. The workshop will cover the anatomy of the voice, breathing technique, vocal health and sound production. It is an interactive workshop so participants need to come prepared to sing!

The cost is £10 (including tea and coffee) and will be held at the Farnham United Reformed Church starting at 7.30 p.m. Workshop places can be booked online or through my website

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.

Psalmen Davids
Geistliche Chormusik
Symphoniae Sacrae

More information:

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: Website:

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 Numbers limited, early applications recommended.
30 September - 2 October 2016

Away 2 Sing has organised a fun weekend of singing for men, based at the amazing Whitehouse Hotel right in the heart of the city At The Whitehouse Hotel, Worcester. Easily accessible from the M5, you, your friends or other members of your choir are warmly invited to join us. (Wives and partners are just as welcome too!)

Whatever your singing ability, you'll be very welcome as we all get to know each other and learn together. Led by Peter Davies and Colet Patmore-Hill, both highly experienced teachers and choral leaders, we'll rehearse music for the short Sunday afternoon finalé concert in the cathedral and learn more about what it takes to be a good choir singer. 

We'll welcome men of all singing abilities from across the UK to join together and sing as the weekend's
Whitehouse Male Choir. We'd love you to join us. With time to explore the nearby Malvern Hills or the vibrant City of Worcester, full details along with, a sample itinerary and costs are available from our website: Some of the music might be familiar. Most will be specially arranged by Peter for the weekend. Learning tracks will be available in advance where necessary. With learning time at a premium, we'll use music in the cathedral concert.

You can book NOW at this link. We look forward to welcoming you to Worcester!

1 October 2016 Caritas Harmony Ladies Choir would like to welcome ladies to a Choral Workshop led by Ian Kennedy. This will be a fantastic opportunity to work on a few pieces of music with expert tuition. Venue: Stopsley Baptist Church, St Thomas's Road, LU2 7XP 10.00 am (for registration) until 5.15 pm. Tickets £15.00. Please bring your own lunch. Coffee, teas and biscuits will be provided. Tickets are available online at: 'Get Tickets' or  telephone 01582 599520
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:

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 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!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: 

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


Early booking is recommended.


4 November 2016

Music Theatre Singing Workshop in London Rambert, South Bank. . Marie Rambert Studio, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP 19.00 - 22.00 hrs. We're back in London this November for another slice of music theatre scrumptiousness with the fabulous Pippa Gearing and Matt Pallant.

We’d love you to join us for this special evening at the wonderful Rambert studios on the Southbank in London. . 

This wonderful evening of singing costs just £25 and includes a compulsory glass of wine :) There are limited places available so please book now to secure your spot

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
4 February 2017

Exeter Philharmonic Choir workshop on Elgar Dream of Gerontius

Andrew Millington will be leading a workshop in The Mint Methodist Church, Exeter. More details on 

27 April - 1 May 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop in Spain

John Rutter - Magnificat

1 October 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop 26 September - Poland

W. A. Mozart - Requiem, KV 626