Eton College, 4 Jul - 12 Jul 2017
Course Director: Ben Parry
Age range: 16-18
Course Director: Ben Parry
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.
The courses have been based at Eton College since 1985 and we start the summer with two courses here, rehearsing every day in the stunning buildings of the College and making full use of the state-of-the-art music schools.
Students will stay in individual rooms in one of the school's boarding houses and enjoy three meals per day in the mediaeval College Hall.
Eton is across the river Thames from Windsor, near Slough and within easy reach of London, just outside the M25.
Eton College, Windsor, BERKS, SL4 6DW
Ben Parry is a composer, conductor, arranger, singer and producer in both classical and light music. His choral compositions and arrangements are published by Peters Edition and have been heard at the BBC Proms and on the hit TV series, Glee. He is Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Assistant Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge and co-director of London Voices, with whom he has worked on the soundtracks of many major Hollywood films. Formally Director of Music at St Paul’s School, London and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, Ben has directed Eton Choral Courses annually for the last 16 years.
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.
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.
Peter Wilson studied at RSAMD in Glasgow and later in Rome. He has sung extensively throughout Europe, and also in America and continues to give recitals. His main time is devoted to teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Dennis O’Neill WIAV in Cardiff. Five years ago Peter founded an International Summer school on the Isle of Arran for young singers, where he lives. He returns to Eton Choral Courses after many years.
Mark Williams will started as the new informator choristarum (choir master), organist and tutorial fellow in music at Magdalen College, Oxford in January 2017.
He studied at Trinity College Cambridge, where he held an organ scholarship and an academic scholarship. He was appointed assistant organist at St Paul’s Cathedral and director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral School in 2000.
A fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he is a freeman of the City of London, and a trustee of the Friends of Cathedral Music, the Oundle Music Trust, the Harlton Organ Trust, Zambia’s Muze Music Trust and Songbound.
He succeeds Daniel Hyde, who has become organist and director of music at St Thomas Church, New York.
Jonathan Howard has been a member of the King’s Singers since 2010. We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to Eton College for a Consort Workshop during Course 1.
During the week, the students will also have the opportunity to sing the ancient office of Compline in Eton’s beautiful College Chapel, directed by Ben Parry. Compline is the final church office of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours, marking the ‘completion’ of the working day. The wonderful summer evening atmosphere in Chapel promises to be a very special experience or all.
We are delighted to have been invited to nearby Windsor Castle to sing a recital in St George’s Chapel. We are fortunate that this historic venue is only a short walk away from Eton College. Directed by Ben Parry.
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 6, later this summer. We look forward to a visit to the Chapel during Course 1 to sing Choral Evensong, directed by Sarah MacDonald.