What to expect
Arrival from midday on Saturday 15th July, the week will start with a 'meet and greet' around 4pm where you can get to know your tutors and fellow participants before we dive right into the singing! Your first provided meal will be in the evening on this first day.
A typical day starts with a morning vocal warm-up. The warm-up session is designed to exercise your vocal cords and ease you into the day’s singing both physically and mentally.
Following the warm-up, mornings are usually given over to full choir rehearsals, or you might explore a variety of smaller scale repertoire.
During the afternoon you might have a talk, workshop or split choir rehearsals. There will be free time for you to wander in the local area, browsing in the shops or enjoying afternoon tea, or just taking advantage of some quiet time to relax in the comfort of your room or in the school’s attractive campus.
After your evening meal, time is given over to smaller group sessions. Each day comes to a close with Compline in the Chapel and an informal showcase in the course bar for any who would like to share the music they have been working on with the group.
For those who wish to socialise, the summer school bar offers a great way to relax after a hard day’s singing and to get to know your fellow participants and
tutors a little better.
On Wednesday 19th July we will sing Evensong at Magdalen College, Oxford under the direction of Mark Williams.
Friday is concert day! All your hard work
culminates with the Gala Concert. All the
main works you have studied during the
week will be on the programme, along with some of the tutor projects. The concert takes place in the Chapel and is open to the public. Of course there is an end of course party after this, which is a lovely way to say goodbye to our friends.
Departure is after breakfast on Saturday 22nd July. Rooms must be vacated by 9.30am.