The Junior Choral Course offers unique opportunities to children aged 8 -15 to experience choral singing at a very high level. The course staff are all accomplished singers, and their voices join the young people to enable them to sing some of the great choral repertoire for four voices alongside good music written for the students’ higher voices. The proof of the success of the courses lies in the very high proportion of participants who return year after year, many of them attending multiple courses and bringing with them younger brothers and sisters. The culmination of the course is the final concert, which will combine a major work from the choral repertoire and lighter music.
2017 was another highly successful year with three courses, strong demand for each course and record attendance well up again. In 2018 we shall again be holding three courses, in April, and two in August. We are delighted to be returning to Cheltenham College for two courses, and to Wellington College for the third. For the late-August course we are very excited to be preparing Haydn’s wonderful Nelson Mass, again to be accompanied at the final concert by a period instrument ensemble. Boys with breaking or broken voices will be welcome on all three courses, and will be given special attention to help them use their new voices comfortably and without strain.
During the week the young people will work hard at a range of music, both with their sectional tutors and as a whole group. Free time is equally important and a wide range of activities is organised every afternoon, with a strong emphasis on fun! The Junior Choral Courses are open to all, irrespective of school, and means-tested bursaries are available. Each course will be under the musical direction of Ralph Allwood and Martyn Ford.