SUMMER CHORAL WEEK

Saturday 21st to Friday 27th July, 2018

directed by
MALCOLM ARCHER
with DAVID BEDNALL (organ)
and HILARY JONES (vocal coach)

AIMS OF THE CHORAL WEEK

  • to study and perform choral works by Jean Langlais, his contemporaries, those who influenced him and those he has influenced, together with some of the best music of the Anglican tradition
  • to bring experienced singers together in the Breton village where Langlais was born
  • to work intensively with living composers who are professionals of the highest calibre
  • to perform in three events during the Langlais International Festival 2018

STRUCTURE OF THE CHORAL WEEK

There will normally be two rehearsal periods each day at 3 rue de Moulin, la Fontenelle. We have been invited to sing Sunday morning mass at the church in la Fontenelle and we shall perform in two concerts in Dol Cathedral and La Fontenelle.  Vocal coach Hilary Jones will be giving whole choir warm-up sessions each day and she will ‘voice’ the choir. Each participant is also entitled to a 20 minute individual lesson with Hilary (included in the course fees, but you can opt out), and singers may book additional half-hour (£20) or hour-long (£40) sessions with her during the week.  There will also be lectures given by the choral week leaders.

MUSIC

We will be focussing on the following works (subject to amendment):

Music from France, England and Germany

W.A.Mozart Missa Brevis in G K140
Edward Elgar
Ave Verum Corpus
César Franck
Psalm 150
Jean Langlais Ave mundi gloria and O Bone Jesu
Louis Vierne
Messe Solennelle
Josef Rheinberger
Osterhymne
Johannes Brahms
Geistliches Lied
Adrian Batten
O sing joyfully
C.V. Stanford
Te Deum and Jubilate in B flat
Randall Thomson
Alleluia
John Ireland Greater love
Malcolm Archer
O magnum mysterium
David Bednall
Some corner of a foreign field

A basic level of sight-singing ability will be essential, and singers should learn the music before the choral week begins. Copies of scores will be sent two months in advance.

CHORAL WEEK FEES

The course will cost £295.  This will include your individual singing lesson with Hilary Jones, all the music scores, refreshments during the coffee and tea breaks and an evening meal on the first day.

You are expected to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

HOW TO BOOK

Apply in the first instance by filling in the application form and returning it together with your non-returnable deposit of £75 (cheques made out to ‘Brenda Dean – Choral Course‘) by 31st March 2018.