Singing Courses & Choral Workshops & Training

 
2015  
   
6 - 8 March

Royal School of Church Music Singing Break for Adults in Truro.  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 

 
7 - 8 March 2015

The Dartington Community Choir would like to invite you to join them and their guest conductor David Ogden at a two day workshop studying and singing JS Bach’s St John Passion. We will be singing  the large choruses and chorales in German and the crowd and dramatic choruses in English. This  non-residential workshop will  be held in the glorious surroundings of  Dartington Hall, near Totnes in Devon over the weekend of 7th and 8th March 2015. The choral fee is £45 and scores may be hired for the weekend. Accommodation if required is available at Dartington either in The Courtyard or in Higher Close at special rates. Please mention the workshop when booking: 01803 847147

Full details and an application form are available on the Dartington Community Choir web site:     www.dartington-community-choir.co.uk  

 
8 March 2015 Kingston Choral Society present a choral workshop featuring Karl Jenkin "The Armed Man". Registration from 9.30am The Assembly Rooms, Presteigne. Workshop 10am to 4.30pm. Cost £12.00 (under 18s free). Numbers are limited so early registration is advised. Text 07766097600 or email kingstonchoral@mail.com
 
22 March 2015

Be a part of our Jersey Boys Workshop followed by a trip to see the internationally acclaimed hit musical, Jersey Boys in London's West End in band A seats! Schedule and package includes:
 

12.30-2.30pm: Jersey Boys workshop provided by Funky Voices at Bishops Hall, Elizabeth Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NP
- Learn and perform ensemble songs from the hit musical 'Jersey Boys'
- Gain confidence in performing whilst acting through song
- Learn vocal styles in musical theatre and how they differ from popular music


3pm: Coach pick up at Bishops Hall to travel to The Piccadilly Theatre, London. Cars can be left at Bishops Hall.
 

5pm: Jersey Boys show starts! (Band A seats, usually costing £67.50)
 

8pm: Approx show finishing time. Coach to pick up at the Theatre and travel back to Bishops Hall, Brentwood.
 

9.30pm: Estimated arrival time back at Bishops Hall, Brentwood.

Book HERE: http://funkyvoices.co.uk/workshops-2/workshops
Deadline for booking: 5pm, Wednesday 18th February but places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 
13 - 14 April 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 Easter course will be at Chichester Cathedral. To find out more visit, http://www.rscm.com/myc/index.php or email myc@rscm.com

 
8 - 10 May 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Alix (Beaujolais - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire PALESTRINA. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
9 May 2015

Manwood Singers are organising a singing day with Adrian Lucas,  a celebrated choir master, once Musical Director of Worcester Cathedral, the Worcester Three Choirs' Festival, the City of Birmingham Choir and the Worcester Choral Society.  He is now a freelance conductor, organist and broadcaster. 

The programme includes 16th century anthems, some classical pieces, some romantic part-songs and music from George Shearing. .

It will take place at St Clement’s Church Sandwich Kent from 10 am to 4.30 pm.  The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for students. Please contact janetmahalah101@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

 
22 - 24 May 2015

West Gallery Music with Francis Roads. Due to popular demand, Francis Roads returns for another of his courses on West Gallery Music. The music is joyful, rewarding and easy church music, sung in town and country during the 18th and 19th centuries to whatever instrumental accompaniment might be available. Francis Roads’s course is especially suitable for singers who feel that they need practice in holding a part, and players of wind and bowed string instruments who would welcome ensemble experience. West Gallery music will be of special interest to choirs looking to expand their repertoire with straightforward but rewarding material Tutor website: www.rodingmusic.co.uk

Resident: £265 Non-resident: £190  Code: 15/246 - 25% discount for Under 27s:   Resident: £198.75 Non-resident: £142.50 For more information and to book please visit www.benslowmusic.org

 
25 - 27 May 2015

The Royal School of Church Music residential Spring Course for Young People (aged 8 to 15) will take place at Sneaton Castle Centre in Whitby.  Directed by Andrew Reid, this course provides three days of intensive training for young singers, and will be particularly useful for those working towards RSCM Voice for Life awards.  It includes a wide range of choral training, including care and development of the voice.  Cost £230. For more information visit, http://www.rscm.com/courses/2015SYP.php or contact the Education Administrator at RSCM; education@rscm.com (01722 424843)

 
25 - 30 May 2015

Pennine Spring Music -Enjoy a singing holiday during Spring Bank Holiday week 25-30 May 2015, in the Pennine hilltop village of Heptonstall. A choir of amateur singers (SATB) is formed for the week, with participants coming from all parts of the country. Rehearsals are directed by Keith Orrell and performances of Handel: Coronation Anthems 1&3 and Rutter: Requiem will be accompanied by the Pennine Spring Orchestra whilst Schubert: Partsongs and Whitacre: Seal Lullaby will be sung during a chamber concert. All details www.penninespringmusic.co.uk or ring Secretary, Jean Leach 01422 843995

 
30 May 2015

Big Sing Day with Bob Chilcott - 11:00 to 17:00 (doors open at 10:00) Clarke Hall Building, Richmond School

A day-long choral workshop directed by the eminent composer and former King’s Singer, Bob Chilcott, with pianist David Murray. A variety of music will be rehearsed, including Wide Open Spaces, by the exciting young Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, and Bob's own compositions: Furusato (Japanese folk songs), Hymns from the Passion and Five Days that Changed the World. Everyone is welcome and sight-reading ability is not essential.

Tea, coffee and bottled water will be available free of charge throughout the day, but please bring a packed lunch. Music scores will be provided; please bring a £10 cash deposit which will be returned when you hand in your music at the end. Advanced booking is essential. Adult £20 ▫ Under 19 £3.00 - Generously supported by Richmondshire Choral Society

 
29 June - 3 July

Vocal Inspiration Singing Course Morland Hall, Cumbria.

Designed and Directed by Wilma MacDougall, this course "Singing....with all the best ingredients" is for all level of singer and offers both group workshops: sight singing, listening skills to help choral singing, daily ensemble singing and group warm up and more, plus individual tuition, coaching, masterclass and private concert.

Cost includes all tuition, music, accommodation at award winning country eastate, all food (freshly prepared by professional cook), and wine with dinner.

Further information and details: www.vocalinspiration.co.uk

 
4 - 10 July 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : MORLEY and MONTEVERDI. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
6 - 11 July 2015

The King’s Singers Summer School - Royal Holloway, University of London Calling all vocal ensembles and individual singers! A unique and incredible opportunity -  working with each of The King's Singers personally and individually over the course of the week, honing skills and helping to enjoy a lifetime of ensemble singing at a higher level than may have previously imagined! 

The gents are thrilled to be joined by Dr Stephen Darlington and Eric Whitacre. Stephen will focus an afternoon discussing and singing extracts of the richly illuminated manuscript collection of English sacred music composed during the late fifteenth century, The Eton Choirbook. Eric will run a workshop on his critically acclaimed pieces Sleep and Seal Lullaby. An incredible opportunity to understand & perform these works with the composer, absorbing his passion behind the works.

With sung Compline in the RHUL Chapel, a Gala concert & dinner on the final evening, and lots of fun social events too during the evenings including a welcome BBQ and pub quiz, it’s set to be a rewarding week!

Perfect for formed ensembles, this is also the ideal opportunity for members of large choirs, to form smaller ensembles with vocal colleagues; learn the precision, shaping and ensemble techniques which can then be shared with colleagues to enrich collective music-making.

Individuals can also apply by completing the relevant application form, send a recording of an unaccompanied English folk song, and the group will consider the application for possible inclusion in a specially formed ensemble for the summer school.

Full details, including a provisional schedule for the week & how to apply, can be found at KS Summer School.

 
11 - 18 July 2015

Le Chant des Oyseaux run a choral workshop in Arradon (Brittany - France) with Franck Pellé-Rolland, choral conductor. Repertoire : BYRD, BRAHMS, VILLETTE and GENTILINI. Please visit our website http://choral-workshops.monsite-orange.fr

 
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/

 
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

 
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 Cathedral Courses 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)

 

 
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

 
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 

 
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/