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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

Masterclass for Singers

“The Art of Song”

Linda Hirst              

Linda Hirst’s biography

David Elwin’s and Michael Pandya’s biographies

David Elwin senior répétiteur & vocal coach,

Michael Pandya répétiteur & vocal coach

The Art of Song’ seeks to empower and enable singers of all abilities to reach their full potential. A collaborative ethos will encourage singers to learn from each other as well as from their course leaders. In class, each individual’s voice will be explored through technique, style, text, colour, context and body language. There will also be a focus on breathing, posture, presentation and making it fun!

Quand j’étais chez mon père.

There will be opportunities for those of a suitable standard, if they so wish, to perform in public. The class will offer two concerts towards the end of the week. The selection of pieces and participants for these concerts will be at the discretion of the course director and her professional colleagues.

The class will be limited to twenty participating students. Observers are also welcome

Singers should bring four or five pieces that they enjoy singing. They should vary in period, language, style and tempo and could include a song cycle if desired. The music should be comfortably within the singer’s vocal range and if possible at least two of the pieces should be memorised. The better you know your pieces the more profitable your lessons will be! Students will be able to rehearse their pieces with a class accompanist immediately before a class lesson - please remember to bring copies of your songs for both the accompanist and the tutor. It is also intended that a joint masterclass will take place with the Piano Accompaniment Course for which it is suggested that members of the class prepare one song from the following list taken from Britten’s ‘Complete Folksong Arrangements’ (High Voice or Medium Voice) published by Boosey & Hawkes: The Salley Gardens, Sweet Polly Oliver, The Ash Grove, The Plough Boy, The Miller of Dee, Il est quelqu’un sur terre, Le roi s’en va-t’en chasse, Voici le printemps,