Advanced Classes

Applications for advanced classes must be received by Friday 6th May 2022 and be supported by a recording if not known to the organisers. Singers are allocated according to the variety & strength of applicants each year & previous involvement is no guarantee of being shortlisted. Please list alternative class choices upon application should you be unsuccessful in your advanced class application.

Opera Scenes

This class is worth five class points and successful applicants will be allocated repertoire in advance to learn and memorise one scene with one director and a secondary scene with the other director. For each scene, a music call will be taken at the start of the week, with at least two production calls with the relevant director and a dress rehearsal prior to the final performance. Language coaching will also be provided. Opera scenes will be directed by Janis Kelly & Linda Ormiston with Wyn Davies & Martin Pickard conducting. The course culminates in the Saturday evening Opera Scenes workshop performance.

Song Cycle

In this class, participants and audience will experience song cycles prepared and performed in their entirety. It will involve group sessions with the nominated tutors early in the week (as detailed below), with all class participants exploring the poetry and music in preparation for a public performance. Before the concert the tutor will give a short talk about the cycles.

This class is worth three class points and is only available to full-week course applicants. Please note that successful applicants for song cycles with Malcolm Martineau may not select additional classes with him as part of their weekly allocation, but may apply for extra classes subject to availability.

Repertoire allocation will be confirmed in advance and successful applicants should be familiar with their whole cycle prior to arrival on the course. Tutors will then allocate individual songs during the group classes. The chosen cycles this year will be:

  • Winterreise, Part 1 (Op.89)Franz Schubert
    Led by Malcolm Martineau with Jacquie Crago
  • Poèmes pour Mi (Book 2)Messiaen
    Led by Robin Bowman
  • Maria Stuart Lieder (Op.135)Schumann
    Led by Gary Matthewman
  • In Spring (Op.43) Rimsky-Korsakov
    Led by Sergey Rybin
  • Let Us Garlands Bring (Op.18)Finzi
    Led by Will Vann

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