Principal Conductor: Thomas Leech
Join us for this supportive and engaging course – designed to expand your repertoire, develop your sight-reading skills and inspire you with excellent technical advice from our conductor and section leaders, all professional singers and experienced educators. Some familiarity with notation is assumed, and our tutors are expert in working with a broad spectrum of experience. Sectional rehearsals help members to become familiar with the music and one-to-one sessions throughout the week provide the opportunity for you to work on specific areas or perhaps a favourite solo piece.
For 2017 the choir tackled music of love and longing by Eriks Esenvalds and Stephen Paulus, and Tony Hewitt Jones – Seven Sea Poems (with strings)….plus choral showstoppers!
The 2017 course featured a wealth of music for both the experienced choir member and those newer to singing. The programme included stunningly beautiful and surprisingly simple pieces by Stephen Paulus (The Road Home) and Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds (Only in sleep, Stars), contrasted with the amazing Sea Poems by Tony Hewitt Jones. This stunning collection sets poetry by, among others, Browning, Masefield and Shakespeare and is by turns wild, romantic, adventurous, furious and mysterious…To relax after this the choir also worked on a selection of exhilarating choral showstoppers, including Edenroth’s brilliant Chili con carne and Piazolla’s Libertango!
Plenty of time is included for singing through additional music, with repertoire from across the centuries. The course concert provides a wonderful opportunity to perform the repertoire, accompanied by the string tutors conducted by Tom Leech.
Members are also encouraged to join in the Open Choir session (which in 2017 featured “The Rio Grande” by Constant Lambert), the Open Vocal Ensemble sessions (with a huge range of repertoire from madrigals and catches to opera choruses), and are welcome to perform in the members’ concert.