Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

 
2015  
   
1 - 8 August 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon – south of France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : HOMILIUS. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
2 - 8 August 2015

CoMA Contemporary Music Summer School 2015 at High Melton, near Doncaster, Yorkshire

Tutored by some of the UK's leading performers and composers, the Summer School provides an exhilarating and supportive environment for exploring new repertoires, developing music-making skills and forging new and enduring friendships. This year's tutors will be Caroline Balding (violin), Chris Brannick (percussion), Emily Bloom (recorder), Tansy Davies (composition), Clare Hammond (piano), Sophie Harris (cello), Stuart Hazelton (ensemble), Rebecca Lenton (flute), Sarah Leonard (voice), Janet Oates (voice), Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Gregory Rose (voice and ensemble), James Weeks (voice and ensemble).

 

What makes us so different is the sheer range and quality of musical experiences offered and the phenomenal commitment, expertise and generosity that can only come from musicians who are at the top of their profession. If you are looking for a summer school that is regularly described by participants as inspirational, life enhancing and confidence boosting, then look no further. The CoMA Allcomers Summer School has a proven track record of changing lives – for the better! An eclectic mix of concerts, workshops and orchestral options offers musicians of varying skills and interests a multitude of new musical experiences, as participants and audiences. Our venue at High Melton is set on a scarp overlooking the Deane Valley, and offers the use of a Saxon Church a well as rehearsal spaces, a theatre and practice rooms.

 

We provide for all musicians, be they composers, singers and/or instrumentalists. Most sessions accommodate a wide range of abilities - late starters as well as very experienced musicians and music teachers. Some options require no previous experience. Others are better suited to the ambitious and well-practiced.

Teachers who have attended previously have received financial support from their schools as part of their in-service training in recognition of the immense benefit they gain from summer school with its many examples of new music and practice.

See www.coma.org/summermusic for full details.

 
3 - 9 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music Residentiary Choir for Adults takes place at Rochester Cathedral this year and is directed by Scott Farrell.  Entry to the choir is by audition, and there are a few vacancies - tenors are particularly welcome! Cost £190 for tuition, with additional food and accommodation charges. For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015RES.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 
9 - 16 August 2015

Ristretto Summer Choral Workshop in the South of France! Gentlemen, we have a few places available on our summer school in Provence August 9/16. Led by Errol Girdlestone, international conductor and choir master and founder member of the Hilliard Ensemble, this intensive a cappella week is for good sight readers who want to focus on singing to a high level and enjoying the food and wine of the south of France near Avignon! Repertoire for 2015: Frank Martin Songs of Ariel, Vaughan Williams Shakespeare Songs, John Shepherd Filiae Hierusalem and Thomas Tallis Laudate Dominum omnes gentes  & In jejunio et fletu. Cost: 270 euros. Hotel accommodation can be arranged. Contact Kate at choralsummer@aol.com. For further information www.http://ristrettovoices.com/en/forthcoming/summer-school/

 
8 - 15 August 2015

Sacred Choral Course with Ivor Setterfield. Announcing a fantastic choral singing holiday for 2015, taking place at Palazzo Mannocchi, in the beautiful Marche region of Italy. Built in the 17th century, this historic building is adorned with frescoed ceilings, antique furniture, two swimming pools, hot tubs, and several terraces, all of which enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Le Marche is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite Renaissance art and architecture, unspoilt countryside and gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fantastic region has to offer, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Urbino, a chance to explore the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, and a trip to the pilgrimage city of Loreto.

This will be our 18th 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 the church at Petritoli.  Full details and booking information: www.heliconarts.co.uk/2015-courses Telephone 03333 444564

 
9 - 15 August 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop for conductors, music teachers or students in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon – south of France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : POULENC, MESSIAEN, VILLETTE, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS and BRITTEN. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
10 - 16 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir (MYC) offers special opportunities for young people (between 16 and 23 years) to sing the widest and most exciting range of sacred music. Membership is through audition (tenors and bases are particularly welcome!) and courses are held during the Easter and Summer holidays. The summer course will be at Winchester Cathedral. To find out more visit, http://www.rscm.com/myc/index.php or email myc@rscm.com

 

15 - 22 August 2015

Secular Choral Course with Mary King. Announcing a fantastic choral singing holiday for 2015, taking place at Palazzo Mannocchi, in the beautiful Marche region of Italy. Built in the 17th century, this historic building is adorned with frescoed ceilings, antique furniture, two swimming pools, hot tubs, and several terraces, all of which enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Le Marche is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite Renaissance art and architecture, unspoilt countryside and gastronomic delights. We will experience the best that this fantastic region has to offer, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Urbino, a chance to explore the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, and a trip to the pilgrimage city of Loreto.

This course will be our third 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 concert in the theatre in Petritoli. Full details and booking information: www.heliconarts.co.uk/2015-courses Telephone 03333 444564

 
17-23 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music residential Summer Course for Young People (aged 8-24) will take place at Kingswood School in Bath.  Directed by Tansy Castledine, this ever popular course will provide a wide range of choral training, including the care and development of the voice and will be particularly helpful for those preparing for the RSCM awards. Cost £410. For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015BYP.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 
17-23 August 2015

The Royal School of Church Music CCourses for Boys, Girls and Young Adults are auditioned parallel courses for boy and girl trebles, taking place at Durham Cathedral, directed by Andrew Reid.  Young adults sing the lower voices, supported by professional singers – an ideal opportunity for those exploring the choral scholar and lay-clerk pathway into cathedral music. Cost £475 trebles, £395 ATB.  For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015BYP.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 

 
18 August 2015

The Royal Free Music Society present a Summer Workshop for members and non-members. This workshop will focus on selected movements from Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and from his early Salzburg masses and will provide an opportunity for singers to develop their singing techniques and their understanding of specific repertoire. The workshops will take place at the Royal Free Hospital.  7 – 9pm: Singing Mozart’s Masses They will be led by our Musical Director, Benjamin Wolf.  Music will be provided. The cost of the workshop is £15 per workshop (some concessionary places are available). If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form: here.

 
19 - 23 August 2015

Three British conductors are leading a residential singing course in Spain. Peter Phillips (director of the Tallis Scholars), Rupert Damerell (director of Zenobia Consort) and Alexander Campkin (director of the Oxbridge Singers).  

This will take place from 19 to 23 August 2015 with two concerts on the 22 and 23 August. It is located in the stunning monastery of St Tomas, in Avila just outside Madrid. The repertoire is music for triple choir by the Avilan composers Tomas Luis de Victoria and Sebastian de Vivanco, contemporaries of Saint Teresa, in the 500th anniversary year of her birth.  

Places are limited; find out more information and apply here: http://zenobiamusica.com/ppaugust15en/ or email: zenobiacursos@gmail.com

 

27 August 2015

The Royal Free Music Society present a Summer Workshop for members and non-members. This workshop will focus on English Madrigals from the Tudor period and will provide an opportunity for singers to develop their singing techniques and their understanding of specific repertoire. The workshops will take place at the Royal Free Hospital.  7 – 9pm: Singing Madrigals  They will be led by our Musical Director, Benjamin Wolf.  Music will be provided. The cost of the workshop is £15 per workshop (some concessionary places are available). If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form: here.

 

Wed 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct

 

Chickenshed Community Chorus is an on-going series of vocal sessions at which you can develop your singing skills as part of an ensemble. During the workshop you will learn and develop vocal arrangements and will 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!

 

Venue:             Chickenshed Theatre unless stated otherwise.

Address:          290 Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE

Box Office:       020 8292 9222

E-mail:             bookings@chickenshed.org.uk

Website:          www.chickenshed.org.uk

Time:               6.30pm

Ages                21+

Price    :           £45 for 6 weeks of workshops or  £8.50 Pay As You Go

 
12 September 2015

Altrincham Choral Society Singing Day Following on from our very successful Come & Sing in 2014, Altrincham Choral Society is delighted to invite you to join us to explore John Rutter’s Feel The Spirit. Whether you are an experienced singer or last sang in a school choir, you will be most welcome – all you need is a love of music! Cost (inc. music hire and tea/coffee on arrival) £15 (£7 students). http://www.altrincham-choral.co.uk/

 
2 - 4 October 2015

Royal School of Church Music Singing Break for Adults in Salisbury.  Adults (aged 18 and over) of all levels are welcome to attend this course held in a gloriously picturesque setting. This course is organised by the director and booking is through the venue. For more information and booking details visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015SBA.php 

 
10 October 2015

Dartington Community Choir Choral Workshop 2015 - Studio 6, Space Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon. Will Todd - Mass in Blue. We invite you to join members of Dartington Community Choir for their 2015 One Day Choral Workshop. A wonderful opportunity to work with the composer Will Todd himself and gain special insight into his celebrated Mass in Blue as well as a selection

of songs from his Footprints Collection. Jazz/Choral at its best! Our choral workshops are becoming a firm favourite for singers locally and further afield. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Choral Fee £20 - Visit our website for further details and an application form www.dartington-community-choir.co.uk

 
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: http://www.choral-workshops.com/

 
24 October 2015

Moorland Voices Workshop In celebration of John Rutter’s 70th birthday Local choir, Moorland Voices, are holding a Choral Workshop on Saturday October 24th at Denstone College, ST14 5H, directed by Nigel M Taylor. 

Works to be studied are “Gloria” and “Praise ye the Lord” with The Corus Brass Ensemble and excerpts from “Feel the Spirit”(Steal Away, Every Time and Deep River) with Soprano Yvonne Howard. 

Following the workshop the participants will perform at a formal concert,  in the College Chapel at 6:30pm. This will include additional music from Corus Brass, Yvonne Howard, and Moorland Voices. Bookings for the workshop now being taken £20 per person. (NB. The concert is open to all tickets will be on sale in the autumn £10)

For further information, application form visit www.facebook.com/MoorlandVoices ; email MoorlandVoices1@gmail.com or phone 07971 171297 

 
12 December 2015 Singing Day with Jonathan Willcocks at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB. Singing day devoted to the choruses of Handel's Messiah and Jonathan' own work, Sing Africa. The day will begin at 10.30 am and will end around 4.30 p.m. Refreshments for break times will be provided but participantsshould make there own arrangements for lunch. Depending on the numbers attending the venue will either be the Benslow Campus or a larger local venue. Price £20.00 For more details telephone or visit 

0044 (0)1462 459446 • info@benslowmusic.org    www.benslowmusic.org

   

2016  
   
27 September - 2 October 2016

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop in Cracow (Poland) - Szymanowski -Stabat Mater & Brahms - Song of Destiny

 

"Stabat Mater" by Karol Szymanowski is one of the most famous and at the same time one of the most personal works of the composer.The first sketches were made in the spring of 1925. Everything here is characterised by a fascinating simplicity. The melodies basically consist of small and large seconds and thirds; most of the movements possess a slow tempo.  A unique piece de resistance of oratorio literature, which could only emerge in a Slavic country. The “Schicksalslied” (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms is – together with “A German Requiem” among the best choral works of this composer.In 1868, while Brahms was visiting friends in Wilhelmshaven, he was given the poem “Hyperion’s Song of Destiny” written by Friedrich Hölderlin. Brahms was so deeply affected by the words that he began to compose his Song of Destiny for Choir and Orchestra the very same day.

 

In Cracow the International Oratorio Choir will be using the rehearsal rooms.

The former capital of Poland is one of Europe’s last undiscovered destinations by mass tourism. Here the Holy Father Pope John Paul II served as a Bishop for more than twelve years. Centre of the old town is Rynek (main market place), one of Europe’s most beautiful and largest market places. This market place is divided by huge cloth halls as well as the gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. At the south edge of the old town rises the Wawelburg with the famous King’s castle. In 2000, Krakow was the European Capital of Culture.

 

The concert will be held in Cracow (Poland) on 1st October 2016. More information about this project: https://www.choral-workshops.com/choral-workshop-szymanowski-brahms-cracow/