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Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

 
2014  
   
23 - 30 August 2014

Sacred Choral Course with Ivor Setterfield. Directed by Ivor Setterfield, the repertoire for this course will be a selection of sacred music from ancient to modern, and will lead up to a performance in the delightful town of Arcos de la Frontera.

Excursions will include a day out in Seville, a trip to the white villages of Grazalema and Vejer de la Frontera, a tasting at a traditional sherry bodega in Jerez or a visit to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art.

The course will be held at Cortijo Barranco, a beautiful olive estate in the Andalucían hills. The perfect location for an inspiring week of choral singing, the Cortijo has excellent facilities including a swimming pool. Delicious local Andalucían food and wine will be served throughout.

Fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, airport transfers, course costs, all excursions and activities. Full details at www.heliconarts.co.uk.  Telephone: 03333 444564 Email: info@heliconarts.co.uk.

24 - 28 August

Hereford Cathedral Of all the cathedrals in the UK, Hereford seems to be a great favourite with choral singers. I’ve been asked many times to organize trips there and and now I’m delighted that, through Choral Holidays, we are able to do so. 

Our task is a simple one; sing choral evensong on 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th August in this wonderful building which is the home of a community that has worshipped continuously for well over 1200 years. And, as we are there for several days, we get to sample that wonderful feeling of becoming part of the Cathedral on a day to day basis, and to enjoy the sensation of becoming part of history as our voices mingle with those of the people who have sung there before throughout the last 1200 years.

The great thing about this holiday is that we get to prepare for each of the services thoroughly, but, as there is only one service on any given day, it’s all fairly relaxed. The price of the holiday includes your music, a learning CD and your tuition. It does not include food or accommodation.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting comfortable with being the choir of a cathedral. we invite you to come along and join us on what will be an unforgettable trip. For more details see www.choralholidays.com/hereford.

30 August - 6 September 2014

Secular Choral Course with Mary King Led by renowned vocal performer, coach, writer and broadcaster Mary King, the music for this course will cover a range of classical, jazz, musical theatre, popular and folk music written or arranged for mixed voice choir, and will culminate in a public concert.

Highlights of the week will include a tasting at a traditional sherry bodega in Jerez or a visit to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art, a day out in Seville, a trip to the spectacular town of Ronda, and a flamenco workshop.

The course will be held at Cortijo Barranco, a beautiful olive estate in the Andalucían hills. The perfect location for an inspiring week of choral singing, the Cortijo has excellent facilities including a swimming pool. Delicious local Andalucían food and wine will be served throughout.

Fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, airport transfers, course costs, all excursions and activities. Full details at www.heliconarts.co.uk.  Telephone: 03333 444564 Email: info@heliconarts.co.uk.

31 August - 6 September

Rimini International Choral Workshop with Peter Phillips. The workshop will feature Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum. More details https://www.facebook.com/riminichoralworkshop

8 - 13 September JIMENA de la FRONTERA MUSIC WEEK led by Eamonn Dougan. A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a small pueblo blanco in southern Spain. We rehearse a programme of  renaissance music for a concert at the end of the week. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting. For more information visit: www.lacock.org/
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: www.stonechoral.org.uk www.facebook.com/stonechoral

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.

 

Why?

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 (benjamingoodson.com).

 

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 whitehallchoir.org.uk

 

How much and who do I contact? £5, payable on the day, but please email: events@whitehallchoir.org.uk 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: dorsetvocalproject@hotmail.com

 

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 www.mmcourses.co.uk 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 office@pdmtourismgroup.com| www.pdmtourismgroup.com | 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: www.choral-workshops.com

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 http://singingholidays.com/portfolio/palermo-singing-break/

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 aliquando@sky.com Or fill in the form here

 
2015  
   
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/