• 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.

  • Organists

    Course 6 is also one of the specially designed organ courses, providing a unique opportunity for organists to develop accompanying experience by working with an excellent choir under expert guidance. You will also have your own sessions on repertoire, improvisation, liturgy and other keyboard skills, and there will be more accompanied repertoire on the course, with individual coaching from experienced organist, Tom Winpenny. You will also be able to take full part in the course as a singer and gain valuable insight into singing technique from the workshops and master-classes.

    Organists Choral Courses

    Course organists collaborating at close quarters

  • Venue

    Cambridge University is as famous for its choirs as it is for its academic excellence. This beautiful setting and the vast number of beautiful buildings and chapels in the university are the reasons why we are thrilled once again to be holding a course there.

    This year the Course is based at St John's College, one of Cambridge's largest colleges. We will rehearse in the College's Chapel, which boasts the tallest tower in the university, and the ideal acoustic for singing in every day. The course will eat all meals in St John's and stay in the college's many characterful courts. We will also be using the recently-refurbished Divinity School and its high-spec concert hall.

    But during the week we will be spreading ourselves to many different colleges, holding recitals, services, concerts, workshops in their various college chapels.

  • Tutors

    Tim Johnson

    course director

    Tim Johnson is Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College. His work as a choral director has included preparing choirs for many of the top professional orchestras, including the London Symphony orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Highlights of his first two years at Eton have included a recording of Duruflé’s Requiem (Herald), concert tours of China and Japan, and a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the Philharmonia under Lorin Maazel. More recently Tim directed the Eton choristers on David Starkey’s BBC series, Music and Monarchy.

    Tim Johnson

    Tom Winpenny

    organ director

    Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, where he also directs the Abbey Girls Choir. He studied as Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and was subsequently Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. His solo recordings include music by Bingham, Stanford, and Berkeley and Liszt. He has performed in venues throughout the UK, and given recitals in the USA and Europe.

    Tom Winpenny

    Margaret Humphrey Clark

    Singing Teacher

    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.


    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.

    Nicki Kennedy

    David Lowe

    Singing Teacher

    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.

    David Lowe
  • Highlights


    St John's College, Cambridge - 26 August, 1400 - 1600

    We are delighted that the 2017 Course 6 Vocal Masterclass will be given by David Lowe. David has been associated with the Eton Choral Courses for many years, as a singing teacher and Masterclass leader.

    David Lowe is a classical music vocal specialist having worked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world. He was born in Birmingham and educated at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar, and the Royal College of Music. He has travelled widely around Europe, Scandinavia and USA, singing with many of the best-known London ensembles. He has also provided professional choirs for Richard Hickox, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and European Voices, which he founded with Simon Halsey.

    Alongside this busy performing life, he has developed a considerable reputation as a teacher of singers of all ages. His pupils include the Choristers and Choral Scholars of St John’s College, Cambridge as well as many Choral Scholars from King’s, Jesus, Clare and Caius Colleges. From 1994-2007 he was a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music, where many of his Cambridge students continue their postgraduate vocal study. He was awarded an honorary ARAM in 2003. He joined the singing faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011. His work is widely known around Britain and Europe through his many workshops and lectures for BFYC, NFMS, ABCD and RSCM and the Eton Choral Course where he works each summer. He is a regular visitor to Den Jyske Sangskole in Denmark where he gives masterclasses on singing and singing teaching.
    He was, until 2005, Associate Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir and is a Director of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir. During 1997 he was Acting Director of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge and has continued this relationship with this fine choir under the directorships of Dr Christopher Robinson, Dr David Hill and now Andrew Nethsingha. He is regularly asked to work with other choirs, notably the Berlin Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Huddersfield Choral Society, BBC Symphony Chorus and the City of Birmingham Choir.
    From 2007 until 2011 he was Master of the Music of Norwich Cathedral, directing the Choristers, Girls Choir, Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars in the Cathedral services as well as concerts, broadcasts and tours.

    David Lowe


    King's College, Cambridge - 27 August, 1730 - 1830 ALL WELCOME

    It is a privilege to return to King’s regularly, and we look forward to signing Evensong in the world-famous Chapel during Course 6, directed by Stephen Cleobury, who will also give a Choral Workshop earlier in the day.

    Tallis – O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
    Leighton – Responses
    Psalms 126 & 127
    Tavener – Magnificat (Collegium Regale)
    Holst – Nunc dimittis
    Howells – Like as the hart
    Hymn – Praise my soul the King of heaven (descant by Stephen Cleobury)



    St John's College, Cambridge - 27 August, 2000 - 2045 (ALL WELCOME)

    Course 6 is also a Course for organists, who are supervised by Tom Winpenny. The organ students of the Course will perform an organ recital at St John’s College this year.



    St John's College, Cambridge - 28 August, 1400 - 1600

    Performing as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, Far East, and throughout Europe, Andrew Nethsingha has been Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge since 2007. His innovations at St John’s have included weekly webcasts and a termly Bach cantata series. His recordings for Chandos have been well reviewed.

    Andrew Nethsingha received his early musical training as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father was organist for over a quarter of a century. He later studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won seven prizes, and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He held Organ Scholarships under Christopher Robinson, at St George’s Windsor, and George Guest, at St John’s, before becoming Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. He was subsequently Director of Music at Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. Other recent positions have included Artistic Director of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and Musical Director of the Gloucester Choral Society.

    He has served as President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association. He has worked with some of the UK’s leading orchestras. Andrew’s concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra have included many of the major choral works: Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Britten War Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Poulenc Gloria and Duruflé Requiem. He has also worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, the Aarhus Symfoniorkester and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent conducting engagements have included the BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Tokyo Suntory Hall. He regularly runs choral courses in various countries, including France and the U.S.A.



    St John's College, Cambridge - 28 August, 1700 - 1845 (ALL WELCOME)

    We are looking forward to singing our Course Recital in St John’s College Chapel, directed by Tim Johnson.

    Tallis – O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
    Gibbons – This is the record of John
    Vaughan Williams – This is the truth sent from above
    Holst – Nunc dimittis
    Howells – Like as the hart
    Wesley – Thou wilt keep him
    Naylor – Vox dicents, Clama
    Tavener – Magnificat (Collegium Regale)
    Patrick Gowers – Viri Galilaei
    Howells – Evening Canticles (Collegium Regale)



    St John's College, Cambridge - 28 August, 2030 - 2200

    Timothy is currently one of the countertenors in the King’s Singers, and we are really looking forward to hearing what he has to say during his Consort Workshop when he visits Course 6 this summer.



    St John's College, Cambridge - 29 August, 1530 - 1700 (ALL WELCOME)

    All are welcome to this service, which will be recorded by the BBC for transmission at a later date on BBC Radio 3. Congregation members are asked to be seated by 15:15.

    Director – Tim Johnson
    Organ – Tom Winpenny

    Vaughan Williams – This is the truth sent from above
    Leighton – Responses
    Psalms 69, 70
    Howells – Collegium Regale
    Naylor – Vox dicentis, Clama
    Hymn – O come, O come Emmanuel (decant: Ledger)



    St John's College, Cambridge (Divinity School Recital Hall) - 29 August, 1900 - 2000 (ALL WELCOME)

    During the week there are opportunities to perform solo songs or arias to the rest of the course but, near the end of the week, the Informal Concert gives students the chance to perform any other music of their own choice. This is either on their own or in small groups. The concert has a more informal atmosphere than some of the full choral performances. All are welcome.