Tue 7 Aug – Wed 15 Aug 2018
Course Director: Ralph Allwood
Age range: 19-26
Our guests for Course 3 inclide:
VOCAL MASTERCLASS | ROBIN BLAZE
CHORAL WORKSHOP | DANIEL COOK
CONSORT WORKSHOP | PATRICK DUNACHIE
CHORAL EVENSONG | HEXHAM ABBEY
HEXHAM ABBEY – 13 AUG
We are delighted to be returning to Hexham Abbey for Choral Evensong on 13 August.
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE POLYPHONY MASTERCLASS | MARK SPYROPOULOS
ST CHAD’S COLLEGE, DURHAM – 11 AUG
Born in London, Mark was a choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin and St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin, and later studied at GSMD and English National Opera. He has performed with a variety of opera and oratorio ensembles in the UK and continental Europe, including with William Christie at the Opèra Royal de Versailles and several appearances with Opera Holland Park. In 2015 he became the first British singer to join the Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome. He has since appeared as soloist and chorister for the Pope in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican TV and Radio, Polish National TV and most recently on tour across South Korea and North America. With the Sistina he has recorded three discs for Deutsche Grammophon: Cantate Domino (2015, featuring the Allegri Miserere Mei- 1661 codex), Missa Papae Marcelli (2016) and Veni Domine (2017). He is currently working on their fourth and fifth discs: Easter Music from the Vatican archives, and the complete Canticum Canticorum by Palestrina. Mark has made several TV and Radio appearances discussing music and the Sistina, including RAI, NBC, Sky Arts, CBS 60 Minutes, BBC Breakfast, BBC World Service, and BBC Radio 3 In Tune. He has given talks at Eton College and the China Exchange, and produced articles for the Independent on Sunday, The Tablet, Early Music Today and The Guardian.
COMPLINE | DURHAM CATHEDRAL
DURHAM CATHEDRAL – 12 AUG
Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Set grandly on a rocky promontory next to the Castle with this medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to people travelling up and down the East Coast Main Line, not least to those getting off at Durham Station for Choral Course Three. Compline is the final church office of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours, marking the ‘completion’ of the working day.
As well as the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Durham boasts a rich choral tradition with the Cathedral at its heart and numerous flourishing college choirs. Course 3 is fortunate to be at St Chad’s College, right in the centre of the city, on the ‘Bailey’.
The Course will be taking full advantage of the university surroundings and students will stay in the College, where all meals will be provided.
St Chad’s College, 18 N Bailey, Durham, County Durham DH1 3RH.
Ralph Allwood MBE founded the Eton Choral Courses in 1980 and was Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College until 2011. Alongside positions as Conductor of Inner Voices, Director of Rodolfus Choir and Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich, Ralph is in high international demand for choral workshops and master-classes. He is a choral advisor for Novello and the Voices Foundation, and adjudicates the Choir of the Year Competition and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Paul has recently worked as a vocal coach with the Belfast Philharmonic Junior Chorus and is one of the latest additions to our roster of fantastic teachers. From Kilmarnock, Paul studied at the Royal College of Music with the renowned Wagnerian baritone Norman Bailey CBE. As a soloist he has sung with Scottish Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Opera West Norway, Opera de Nancy & Theatre du Châtelet in France and many other festivals and opera houses besides. He teaches singing at The High School of Glasgow, works as a vocal coach with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and runs 2 singing courses: Springsing in Glasgow and SingChatel in the French Alps.
A former winner of the Maggie Teyte Prize Competition, Anita has given recitals all over Europe and appeared with the Dallapiccola Ensemble in London, Milan and Rome. Her operatic roles have included Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw), Female Chorus (Rape of Lucretia), Alice (Falstaff), Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La Boheme), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Marenka (The Bartered Bride), Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera) and Countess (The Marriage of Figaro).
Since she began to work with the choristers of Westminster Cathedral she has become increasingly devoted to her teaching. In addition to a private practice she is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, teaches regularly at Eton College and has been teaching on Eton Choral Courses for many years.