Course 4: Oxford

Wed 22 Aug – Thu 30 Aug 2018

The Queen’s College, Oxford

Course Director: Simon Toyne
Age range: 16-18

HIGHLIGHTS

Our guests for Course 4 include:

VOCAL MASTERCLASS | LINDA HIRST

CHORAL WORKSHOP | GABRIEL CROUCH

CONSORT WORKSHOP | TIMOTHY WAYNE-WRIGHT (KING’S SINGERS)

 

COMPLINE | MERTON COLLEGE CHAPEL

MERTON COLLEGE CHAPEL – 27 AUG, 20:00 – 20:45

We are delighted to be welcoming Benjamin Nicholas to the Course. He will direct Compline in Merton College Chapel on the 27 August. All are welcome.

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RECITAL | EXETER COLLEGE CHAPEL

EXETER COLLEGE CHAPEL, OXFORD – 29 AUG, 17:30 – 18:45

There has been a Chapel in Exeter College since its foundation in 1314, and has fulfilled many different functions over the past seven centuries, as understandings of religion and faith has changed through the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Oxford Movement. Today the Chapel is, of course a place of divine worship, but also a deliberately inclusive space, belonging to the whole College. There are excellent opportunities at Exeter College for Choral and Organ Scholars, and we are delighted to have been invited to perform our final Recital in the Chapel. All are welcome.

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EVENSONG | CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OXFORD

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OXFORD – 28 AUG, 18:00 – 19:00

We invite parents and friends to join us at Christ Church Cathedral as we sing Choral Evensong. The Cathedral is the College Chapel for the College as well as the cathedral church for the Diocese of Oxford. The beautiful building is home to a vibrant worshipping community with a rich worshipping tradition and a world famous Cathedral Choir. It hosts a wide range of diocesan events, music, art and drama.

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MUSIC

During the week the full choir sings a wide range of music spanning the last five centuries up to the present day for the main course performances. In your small CONSORTS you will sing a variety of music from madrigals to close-harmony and jazz arrangements
You will be asked to bring some SOLO music to work on in your individual SINGING LESSONS and there will be a chance for you to perform any other music during an INFORMAL CONCERT.

TUTORS

 

SIMON TOYNE

COURSE DIRECTOR

Simon Toyne’s work as a choral director has included preparing choirs for the world’s most well-known conductors, including Gergiev, Maazel, Nelsons, Pappano and Rattle, working with the Royal Opera, Mariinsky and Bolshoi opera companies, and leading tours to Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. For many years, he was Director of Music at Tiffin School, where the Tiffin Boys’ Choir worked regularly with the London orchestras and featured on the soundtrack for many films, including The Hobbit and Philomena, and was Director of Music of Kingston Parish Church. He has led conferences and workshops on conducting and singing for the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, the Association of British Choral Directors, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Kotuku Trust in New Zealand, and the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, New York. In September 2015, he took up the post of Executive Director of Music of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) and Malcolm Arnold Academy, where he is responsible for the development of music across over 30 state primary and secondary schools in the East of England.

SAMUEL EVANS

SINGING TEACHER

Sam Evans studied as a choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge, and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, where he won the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. As a soloist he has performed at the BBC Proms, the Opera Comique in Paris, and Sydney Opera House. He is a winner of the Association of English Speakers and Singers Prize, and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Welsh Singer of the Year competition. He has taught singing at several leading schools including Eton and Westminster, and is currently Head of Vocal Studies at Highgate School.

NICKI KENNEDY

SINGING TEACHER

Nicki Kennedy’s solo career has taken her all over the world with many of Europe’s leading baroque and classical ensembles. She regularly appears at the Wigmore Hall in London and in prestigious festivals in Europe and further afield. As well as her solo career, Nicki has sung with London’s top session choirs, contributing to films and recordings from Pirates of the Caribbean to the Harry Potter films. Nicki is Head of Singing at Repton School in Derbyshire. She regularly teaches on Eton Choral Courses and also in France, Spain and the Czech Republic. This year she joins the teaching staff of the National Youth Choir.

NICOLA-JANE KEMP

SINGING TEACHER

Nicola-Jane Kemp studied at Chetham’s School of Music, sang with Clare College Choir at Cambridge University, and studied solo voice at the RCM and RSAMD. A coloratura soprano, her signature role is ‘Queen of the Night’ from Mozart’s Magic Flute which she has sung for many companies including the Académie Européenne de Musique d’Aix-en-Provence. Other roles include ‘Pretty Polly’ (Punch and Judy) for Music Theatre Wales, ‘Konstanze’ (Die Entführung) for The London Opera Players, ‘Lakmé’ for Belcanto Opera and ‘Zerbinetta’ (Ariadne auf Naxos) at St John’s Smith Square.

Nicola-Jane has been a soloist in two New Year Galas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and sang Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed A Mind of Winter by George Benjamin with the Orchestre Léonard de Vinci in Rouen, France and was soloist for the Jubilee concert in 2002 at Chatsworth House, returning in 2003 and 2006 by popular demand. She has made two New Year tours of the UK singing Viennese operetta with the London Gala Orchestra and Guildford Philharmonic, and is a regular guest soloist for open air concerts round the UK. She has been a guest soloist for New Year Galas in Egypt with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Robin Stapleton. As co-editor with Heidi Pegler, she has recently been awarded ‘Best Educational Publication’ by the British Music Industries Association for her series of songbooks The Language of Song.

Nicola-Jane currently teaches choral scholars at Clare and Queens’ Colleges, Cambridge and at St Paul’s Girls’ School, also giving masterclasses and workshops for the ARK Academy schools in conjunction with Suzi Digby OBE and The Voices Foundation. She is also an examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals and sits on the council for the Association of Teachers of Singing.

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