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Week 1


Week One  28 July to 4 August

BASBWE Wind Conducting Course

Cappella Chamber Choir

Chamber Orchestra

Composers’ Workshop

Masterclass for Singers 1

Piano Accompaniment

Practical Conducting

Voices in Harmony

Wind Ensemble

Week Two  4 to 11 August

A Journey Through Jazz

Art of Choral Direction

Choral Course

Lighter Side Choral Course

Masterclass for Singers 2

Piano Course

Symphony Orchestra

The George Hurst Orchestral Conducting Course

Weeks 1 & 2  extra curricular activities

Choral Workshops 1 and 2

Score Learning and General Musicianship skills

Early morning Chi Kung

Accommodation and Fees

Composers’ Workshop

Malcolm Singer

The Composers' Workshop is intended for composers of all ages and standards, including student composers from the music colleges and universities, as well as keen amateurs.

Applicants should send an example of their own work with their application form. Once accepted for the course, students will be asked to complete a short composition project before arriving at the school. On the course itself, it is hoped that participants will have the opportunity to hear their music played in workshops.


Time will also be devoted to the study of new music by leading composers and to the examination of many aesthetic aspects of the music of today. The course may also embrace some points of improvisation and thus proficiency on an instrument is desirable though not essential.

Malcolm Singer, composer and conductor, teaches Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 1998 to 2017. He read music at Magdalene College, Cambridge before studying in Europe with both Nadia Boulanger and Gyorgy Ligeti. He was later awarded a Harkness Fellowship, spending two years at Stanford University, California. Malcolm’s compositions include Making Music, a commission by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Kaddish for 24 solo voices written for the BBC

Singers.  A Hopeful Place was conducted by Lord Menuhin in the Royal Albert Hall, London and his children’s cantata Dragons (to poems by Nick Toczek) is published by Music Sales, London. His  opera The Jailer’sTale was premiered by Finchley Children’s Music Group in 2010. Recent pieces include ‘Chagall’s Violin’ for seven violins, commissioned to commemorate Lord Menuhin’s centenary. In 2018 he was a featured composer at the Shipley Festival with a performance of The Margrave’s Dream and the premiere of the Shipley Psalms for choir with solo violin. Clarion Call for E flat clarinet and piano was premiered at last year’s Concertfest in Sherborne.

Performing the composers’ works completed during the week 2018