• Music

  • Organists

  • Venue

    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.

  • 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.

    Simon Toyne

    Anita Morrison

    Singing Teacher

    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.

    Anita Morrison

    Robert Rice

    Singing Teacher

    Robert Rice is a concert baritone who regularly performs oratorios such as Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Passions et al. He gained early recognition for staged performances of challenging contemporary scores, and continues to give recitals of modern song, also recently visiting Bavaria to work with guitarist Erich Schachtner on a Lieder programme.

    Robert teaches singing regularly at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, for Lincoln Cathedral, and privately in London. He is in demand as a workshop leader; in recent times he has given workshops and master-classes for the Eton Choral Courses, The Sixteen, Christ’s Hospital and UCL Opera among others.

    Robert Rice
  • Highlights


    St Chad's College, Durham -

    Christopher is one of the King’s Singers, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Courses this summer for a consort workshop.



    Durham Cathedral - 31 July, late evening (time TBC)

    We are delighted to welcome Paul McCreesh to Course 3 this summer, where he will direct the ancient office of Compline in Durham Cathedral Quire.

    Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of Gabrieli which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians and broadening access to classical music; he works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.

    McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester, whom he returns to this season to conduct Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras, conducting choral projects with both orchestras in 2016/17, the latter at Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

    From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through to the nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world- renowned Gulbenkian Choir. In 2016/17, McCreesh returns to the orchestra twice to conduct Elgar The Dream of Gerontius and a programme of Satie, Saint-Saëns and Beethoven featuring Gautier Capuçon.

    McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. In 2015/16 he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.

    In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director between 2006 and 2012. To date they have made seven recordings, most recently Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, released in 2015. Other highlights include Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013). The Winged Lion recordings build on his large catalogue of recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, which includes the Gramophone Award-winning Haydn Creation.



    Durham Cathedral - 2 August, 1715 - 1815

    We are fortunate to have been invited to sing for three separate events at Durham Cathedral this summer, and Choral Evensong in the beautiful Quire of the Cathedral promises to be a real highlight. Directed by Simon Toyne.



    Durham Cathedral Chapter House - 3 August, late afternoon (time TBC)

    With a fine acoustic and intimate setting, the Chapter House makes the ideal venue for our unaccompanied choral recital at during the Course. Directed by Simon Toyne.

    Durham Bailey