Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

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21 January 2017

New Cambridge Singers is holding another Big Sing in aid of charity. Please will you join us at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge when we shall be singing most (not quite all) of Handel’s Messiah.    This is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and particularly their work in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. Do please come if you can, and pass this on to your fellow singers too.  I know that some of your choir joined in the Big Sing we held in 2015. We shall again be conducted by Graham Walker, and joined by New Cambridge Players and a team of soloists.

You should book in advance if you can, please.    Here is the link to Cambridge Live web site.  Singer Tickets £20   Students/Children £5 Audience tickets will be available on the door of the church only adults £10, students £5. 

The rehearsal will be from 2-4.30pm  (choir registration from 1.15pm) Performance 6pm, finishing by 7.30pm.

Please bring Watkins Shaw edition of Messiah, if you have it;   there will be scores to borrow on the day if you do not. More information on the day can be seen on or from and from 01223 350544 

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 

4 February 2017

Thomas Tallis: Singing Workshop - St Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, W6 9BE. 2-6pm (registration from1.30pm)

Join Petros Singers for an afternoon exploring the music of arguably England's greatest choral composer, Thomas Tallis. The workshop will cover motets and anthems from across Tallis' life - a period of unprecedented political and religious upheaval; few other composers so seamlessly adapted their own voice to reflect the times in which they lived. 

The workshop will be led by Rory McCleery who, as artistic director of the Marian Consort, is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians finding fresh verve in this timeless music. Rory will provide some vocal technique and voice training through a selection of the motets and anthems. After a break for tea we will then have the opportunity to sing through the pieces we have rehearsed. 

Rory directs and performs with The Marian Consort, the internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble. In addition, he greatly enjoys working as a soloist and consort singer with leading specialist early music ensembles including The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort and The Tallis Scholars.    

Please see for more information and bookings. Tickets, which include loan scores and refreshments, are £15 or £10 concessions/under 28s. All tickets must be booked in advance. 

8th, 15th & 22nd February

FREE course in female a capella harmony singing with Harmony InSpires in Appleton, near Oxford

The course will take place over 3 evenings from 7:30 – 10:00pm.

If you have enjoyed singing at some stage in your life but let it lapse, now is your opportunity to re-vitalise that hobby. Or maybe you currently sing but would like to try a different voice part, or have a go at singing in 4 part unaccompanied harmony. 

On this 3 week course, you will learn about developing good vocal technique, sing with other like-minded students, and hopefully have lots of fun!! Learning tracks are provided, so the ability to read music is not essential.

More information at or Email


12 - 17 February 2017

Canterbury Liturgical Music Course. Our next choral course, directed by Alistair Dixon and based in Canterbury Cathedral, will focus on singing 5 Choral Evensongs on 13th -17th February in the cathedral. In addition to works by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Stanford and Dyson, the repertoire will include lesser-known pieces by Ley and Biebl.The course fee includes all rehearsals and services, tea before Evensong and lunch on Friday. It also covers the cost of the music. The course fee does not include the cost of accommodation or other meals. A two-hour lunch break will allow participants time to eat locally. Canterbury Cathedral is situated centrally and is close to cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels.


Participants will assemble at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 12th February for registration before the first rehearsal.We regret that the course is unsuitable for people with reduced mobility, as the rehearsal area is accessed by very steep stairs.A deposit of £75 is payable upon application, to be refunded in the event of the application being unsuccessful or the cancellation of the course. To apply for a place on the course, fill in the form here.


Students and young adults may apply for a bursary to attend this course (see application form). Course Fee £150 (£75 upon application, with £75 on or before 1st December 2016)

3 - 5 March 2017

Singing Adventures: Exploring Contemporary Classical Vocal Music, Baden Powell House, South Kensington, London.

Join us to sing Howard Skempton’s A Flight of Song (a COMA commission) and enjoy Partsongs, new compositions, extended techniques, Arvo Pärt, approaches to performance, Pérotin, text scores, improvisation, John Cage and rhythm during this exciting weekend


Tutors: Sarah Leonard, Janet Oates, Loré Lixemberg, Cathy Heller Jones, Emily Peasgood and Howard Skempton

For singers of all abilities; experienced or new to contemporary music


Cost: £95 (£10 discount for early booking and limited concessions) or email


12 March 2017 A Cappella Spring Fest. A Choral Workshop. This is the 7th of these inspiring and successful events and we have a packed programme to offer, including some traditional activities plus some new styles and classes. 10.00 am - 5.10 pm Cornerstone Arts Centre i  Didcot, Oxfordshire (Advance booking essential) Further details email or Tel: 01235 223584. The cost for the day will be £47.00, with some group discounts available. Open to over 18's only.
24 - 26 March 2017

Away 2 Sing has organised a fun weekend of singing for men, based at the amazing Smith's Hotel in Weston Super Mare.

Men (wives and partners are welcome too), whether you sing in a choir or whether you want a fun weekend away singing or learning more about singing, come and join us. We'll be based at Smith's Hotel right on Weston's beautiful sea front. With the beach just across the road, a wide prom, balmy sea breezes, what more could you want other than a good weekend of singing?

Whether you think you have a good voice or not, you'll be very welcome. We'll provide all music copies you'll need but the ability to read music itself is not necessary.

Learning tracks will be available in advance where necessary. With learning time at a premium, we always use music in the finalé
 concert. Led by Peter Davies and Colet Patmore-Hill, both highly experienced teachers and choral leaders, we'll learn more about how to sing well and look after our voices as well as rehearsing for the Sunday afternoon finalé concert with Worle Chorale in the wonderful surrounds and acoustics of St John's Parish Church. 

Time will be available during Saturday afternoon to explore the town, beach and pier. Full details along with a sample itinerary and costs are available from our website: The deadline for receipt of bookings is Friday 24th February 2017 but places are limited and bookings are already coming in so don't miss out! Click here to make a booking

27 April - 1 May 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop in Spain

John Rutter - Magnificat

25 - 28 May 2017

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop

The workshop will be held in Alix (Beaujolais-France) and will focus on Renaissance music by Roland de Lassus. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland.

For more information :

27 May 2017

John Rutter Sing Day, 11.00am - 4.00pm. The Friends of St Mary’s Church Sunridge are please to announce that John Rutter is coming to Sevenoaks for a Come and Sing Day on Saturday 27th May 2017 at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks. Registration is from 10.00am and the singing starts at 11.00am prompt and finishes around 4.00, tickets for this amazing event are £20.00 for non members each and available from  the Friends website ages and abilities are very welcome, no minimum standards and no auditions! All scores for the day will be provided, an ability to read music would be an advantage but it is not a necessity. Admission by ticket purchased in advance only, there will be no tickets for sale at the door. 

8 - 15 July 2017

Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop

The workshop will be held in Arradon (Brittany-France) and will focus on French music for female choir : 'Messe des oiseaux' by Dynam-Victor Fumet. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland. For more information :

15 July 2017 Bach B Minor Mass Choral Workshop - Lancaster Priory, Priory Close, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1YZ. 10.30am - 4.00 pm. Music hire & refreshments are provided. There will be a meal break at lunchtime (please make your own arrangements for packed food / meal out). There is no particular dress code – just wear whatever is most comfortable. Please encourage your friends and family to attend the informal performance at 4pm on the day, for which entrance is free, and please encourage any other singers you know to come and join us. We are singing selected extracts from the work. Visit the Making Music website
15 - 21 July 2017

Langlais Festival Choral Week in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France Led by two of Britain’s foremost church musicians, Malcolm Archer and David Bednall, with singing teacher Hilary Jones, this tenth choral week will form an important part of the annual Langlais Festival in the village where Jean Langlais was born.  We’ll be focussing on works by Jean Mouton, J.S.Bach, Mozart, Orlande de Lassus, Villette, Ladmirault, Langlais, Parry, Stanford, Archer and Bednall, which we’ll perform in two concerts and a church mass.   There are also choral scholarships for singers aged 18 – 26.

Fees cost £265, which includes an individual singing lesson with Hilary Jones, all the music scores, refreshments during coffee and tea breaks and an evening meal on the first day. For further information, please see Tel: 01296 681291/07999 884634  email:  


5 - 12 August 2017


Le Chant des Oyseaux - Choral workshop

The workshop will be held in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Occitanie-France) and will focus on music by William Byrd. Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland.

For more information :
1 October 2017

International Oratorio Choir - Choral Workshop 26 September - Poland

W. A. Mozart - Requiem, KV 626