There will be three courses in 2017, the first at Easter time and then two in the summer holidays. We are delighted to be returning to Wellington College for two of the courses and to Cheltenham College for the third, where we will benefit from the wonderful facilities offered by both.
2017 course dates are:
Easter: Sunday 2nd April to Saturday 8th April
Early-August: Sunday 30th July to Saturday 5th August
Late-August: Tuesday 15th to Monday 21st August
We are again inviting organ students to join the August course, with special coaching in addition to their singing. Boys with changing voices are more than welcome to join any course. We will help them to use their new voices comfortably and without strain, and they will be able to join in fully with the choir.
Each course ends with a concert to which parents and families are warmly invited.
From 8 to 15 years
The course is residential, and in addition to the Musical Directors will be fully supervised by our experienced pastoral staff, headed by our houseparents and our Matron.
The young people will be accommodated in boarding houses with a combination of single and twin occupancy rooms, and small dormitories. We endeavour to ensure where possible that participants who have particular friends on the course are accommodated close together. Meals will be taken by young people and staff together in the main Dining Hall.
A wide range of music will be covered – from sacred to secular and from serious to light. Each course ends with a final concert which will be in two parts – in the first half the students will perform the lighter music they have prepared, following which we move to the College’s magnificent chapel for a performance of the major choral work. For 2017 we plan these to be:
Easter: The Mozart Requiem and Schubert’s An die Musik
Early-August: Brittan’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens and Schubert’s Der Musensohn
Late-August: Bach Magnificat, with period instrument ensemble
The young people will have the unique experience of singing this wonderful music alongside the highly-trained adult voices of the course staff and friends. And, of course, ability to sight-read is not an entry requirement – that’s one of the things that we teach during the course!
Attendance at the first two courses costs £710, and for the third course £760 to cover all tuition, accommodation and use of the relevant school facilities. There is a discount of 5% for families who make two bookings for the year, and 10% for three or more bookings. For next year’s courses we shall again be supplying each student with a folder containing all the music to be covered by the course, for which we shall be asking for payment, and which will be theirs to take home afterwards.
We want access to our courses to be as open as possible. We are inviting parents to make a voluntary donation of £15 with each course application to help us to achieve this. These donations will be to The Choral Course Foundation, registered charity No. 1147832, recently established to enable young and enthusiastic singers to attend choral courses irrespective of experience or financial constraint.
There are two potential sources of bursaries to assist towards the course fees, both of which will be means-tested:
* IAPS Charitable Trust – please contact John Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org
* The Choral Course Foundation – please contact Charlotte Mahony at email@example.com