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Course Places | May Update

We have a record number of applicants for the courses this year and two of the weeks (Course 2 and Course 6) are fully subscribed. Places are still available during the rest of the summer, especially for lower voices, and we encourage all singers to apply as soon as possible to secure a place! There are also a small number of bursaries available.

Are you a teacher?
Please do pass this around your departments and to all of your students and encourage them to apply for a week they will never forget, where they will make huge progress, vocally and musically.

Are you a young singer?
If you are unsure whether the courses are right for you, have a look at what previous students have said about them, read about the courses, or have a look at the individual course pages, to see what each week has to offer.


“I have made some life-long friends and can’t wait to come on a course in the future! It is an experience I will never forget and would recommend to any young, keen singers!”
2013 Student

“I never knew such a high standard of choral singing existed at our age. I now have a love for English choral music that I don’t think I could have gained otherwise.”
2012 student

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Course Music Announced

We are thrilled to announce the music for the 2014 Courses. More than ever, we have selected a wide-range of music in varying styles and from various periods, from the early Renaissance to the present day.

The music on each course has its own distinct character and approach. Course 1 and Course 6 feature a large amount of accompanied repertoire for Evensongs at Merton College, Oxford and St John’s College, Cambridge. On Course 3, on top of the music chosen for Evensong at New College, Oxford, we have selected a largely secular programme for our recital in the Three Choirs Festival, featuring settings of Shakespeare by Vaughan Williams and bringing Elgar’s ‘From Bavarian Highlands’ back to his native Worcestershire. Ambitious programmes for BBC broadcasts on Course 2 and Course 4 will provide ample challenge and for Course 5 we have taken the opportunity to include music by local composers Noble, Bairstow and Ebdon at our Evensong in Hexham Abbey.

See our individual course pages to find out more about what you will be singing on your course this summer.

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Announcements, Events

Close-Harmony for Bursaries | The Incognitos: Live in Concert

Many may be familiar with the social and musical benefits of close-harmony singing! For one group, however, there is the hope of further benefit, namely to widen the reach of good singing and choral music to all young people, and allow for as many as are enthusiastic to take part.

On 21 April, The Incognitos will sing a concert at St Gabriel’s, Warwick Square to raise money for the Choral Course Foundation. The Foundation was set up to help all young singers take part in the Eton Choral Courses and their younger counterpart, the Junior Choral Course.

Monday 21 April, 19:30
St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, SW1V 2AD
Tickets: £10 (on the door)
You can also donate online.

“I started the Choral Course Foundation 18 months ago, with the aim of helping those join in who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Last summer, lots came and were transformed by the courses and I’ve had lots of moving letters.” Ralph Allwood, Founder and Director

Close-harmony singing forms a major part of the Choral Courses, with each course splitting up into small Consorts of 10-12 singers.

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Course Places | March Update

A full quota of applications for Course 2 and Course 6 has now been received, with places available on the waiting list. However, places still remain on our other four courses this summer and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to secure a place:

Course 1 – get a taste of Oxford and Cambridge, working with top Cambridge Director, Andrew Nethsingha, and visiting the beautiful Merton College, Oxford. Course 3 – sing in the prestigious Three Choirs Festival. Course 4 – sing on a BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Choral Evensong. Course 5 – work with world-renowned composer, John Rutter and perform in Durham Castle.

For all enquiries and the most up-to-date information on places, contact the Choral Courses Administrator, on +44 (0)1753 671124.

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Cambridge Choral Course

Masterclass at St John's

Last week, Course 6 was held at St John’s College, Cambridge. This was the eighth choral course to be held in Cambridge but the first at St John’s, with courses previously held at neighbouring Trinity College.

Cambridge News reported on the course.

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Choral Scholarships | Old Royal Naval College Chapel


A bass and a tenor Choral Scholar are needed for the excellent choir at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, conducted by Ralph Allwood. These singers would join Choral Scholars from Trinity Laban conservatoire. The commitment is Sunday mornings and Monday evenings during term time plus occasional extra services. The Scholarship value is £1,200 for the year, and there are various extra concerts and services in addition to this. Enquiries are welcome, even from those who won’t know about availability until the end of August. For more information or an informal discussion, email Ralph Allwood:

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BBC Radio 4 Broadcast

BBC Radio 4

On Sunday 13 July, course two, directed by Ben Parry, took part in a live broadcast of ‘Sunday Worship’ on BBC Radio 4, from Eton College Chapel. You can listen to the service on BBC iPlayer until Sunday 20 July.

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University of Cambridge Vocal Assessment Days

Bridge of Sighs Matt Thomas

The University of Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Choral Awards Scheme Vocal Assessment Days are held in September/October in order to provide informal advice on the suitability of your voice and experience for the varying demands of the choirs at Colleges that offer choral awards as part of the Inter-Collegiate Choral Awards Competition. The deadline to apply is Sept 15. More information is available here.

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Reunion and Concert at Eton College

Choral Course Foundation

We will be inviting back past members of all courses in 2014 for a reunion event on 31 August  - a perfect opportunity to sum up a brilliant summer of music-making and a chance to see friends made during the courses. Course 6 will travel back to Choral Courses HQ for this special concert in Eton College’s magnificent School Hall.

The workshop and concert will be raising money for the Choral Course Foundation to enable more and more young singers to attend the Choral Courses regardless of financial situation.

For further details, please click here.

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