Course 5: Cambridge

Thu 23 Aug – Fri 31 Aug 2018

St John’s College, Cambridge

Course Director: Ralph Allwood

Age range: 16-18

HIGHLIGHTS

Our guests on Course 5 include:

VOCAL MASTERCLASS | IESTYN DAVIES

CHORAL WORKSHOP | ANDREW NETHSINGHA

CHORAL WORKSHOP | STEPHEN CLEOBURY

CONSORT WORKSHOP | JONATHAN HOWARD (KING’S SINGERS)

 

RECITAL | ST JOHN’S COLLEGE

ST JOHN’S COLLEGE CHAPEL – 28 AUGUST, 17:00 – 18:30

We will perform the Course Recital in St John’s College Chapel, directed by Ralph Allwood. All are welcome.

CHORAL EVENSONG | ST JOHN’S COLLEGE CHAPEL

ST JOHN’S COLLEGE CHAPEL – 30 AUG, 16:00 – 17:00

St John’s College is home to one of the finest chapel choirs in the world, and we are fortunate to be based there for the whole of Course 5 this summer. We look forward to a visit to the Chapel to sing Choral Evensong, directed by Andrew Nethsingha. All are welcome.

CHORAL EVENSONG | KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE – 29 AUG, 17:30 – 18:30

It is a privilege to return to King’s regularly, and we look forward to signing Evensong in the world-famous Chapel during Course 5, directed by Stephen Cleobury, who will also give a Choral Workshop earlier in the day. All are welcome.

CHORAL EVENSONG | BBC RECORDING (not live)

ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE – 31 AUG, 12:00 – 13:00

All welcome. Please be seated in Chapel by 11:45.

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

COURSE DIRECTOR – RALPH ALLWOOD

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.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TEACHER – LINDSAY WAGSTAFF
SINGING TEACHER – DAVID LOWE

David Lowe is a central pillar of the Choral Courses’ teaching faculty, regularly teaching on the courses and visiting to give master-classes. He has been teaching students in Cambridge for over 20 years and can put his name to starting out the illustrious careers of numerous singers on the world stage. Formerly a professor of the Royal Academy of Music and now at the Royal Northern College of Music, David was also a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and sung for many years in the Tallis Scholars and Collegium Musicum 90 under the late Richard Hickox.

SINGING TEACHER – MARGARET HUMPHREY CLARK

Margaret Humphrey Clark studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she is now a Professor of Singing. She is also a trained teacher of the Alexander Technique which she uses to enrich her singing teaching. She had a varied career in Oratorio, Recital, Ensemble work and Opera before focussing mainly on teaching. She has taught singing in many schools including Eton College and St Paul’s Girls’ School, at Cambridge, Surrey and City Universities, and has been teaching on the Eton Choral Courses for many years.

SINGING TEACHER – GILES UNDERWOOD

Giles Underwood is a versatile singer, specialising in baroque repertoire and contemporary music, but also at home with Mozart and Puccini. He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey and an academical clerk at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Biology. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He has played many major roles on the stage, including Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Marcello (La bohème). On the concert platform, he has sung Haydn in the Royal Albert Hall, Wolf in the Wigmore Hall, Bach in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vaughan Williams in the Sao Paolo Opera House.

He has recorded widely. His performance on OpusArte’s disc of Membra Jesu Nostri by Buxtehude has received critical acclaim, as has his work with the solo voice ensemble, I Fagiolini, with whom he sang for nine years.

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