St John's College, Cambridge, 22 Aug - 30 Aug 2017
Course Director: Tim Johnson
Age range: 16-18
Course Director: Tim Johnson
Age range: 16-18
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
We are looking forward to singing our Course Recital in St John’s College Chapel.
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.
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.