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Dear All,

Following our e-flyer, we have had lots of requests for a full newsletter, so here we go.

Bolton Priory 14th – 17th May
Our first course of the year is Bolton Priory

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The Priory is the most extraordinarily beautiful venue for a Choral Holiday. It provides a warm expansive indoor church, with great acoustics and a substantial organ, set amongst the ruins of the remainder of the priory, which themselves are set in a stunning Yorkshire landscape.

We will be singing 4 full choral evensongs, plus repeating last year’s special treat of singing a service of plainsong Compline in the ruins of the old Quire, where the monks would have sung it centuries ago. I’m delighted that Ben Saul will once again assist and play the organ on this course.

The Music we plan is as follows (By clicking on the coloured links you can hear all the pieces):
Orlando di Lasso – Magnificat Octavi Toni
Thomas Luis de Victoria – Nunc Dimittis
Thomas Tallis – Hear the voice and prayer
Stanford – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Bb
Charles Wood – O Thou The Central Orb
Adrian Batten – Fourth Service Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
William Croft – We will rejoice in thy salvation
T. Tertius Noble – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in B minor
George F. Handel Zadok the Priest

Milton Abbey 30th August – 1st September
Milton Abbey is our longest running course, now in its 9th year. Every year it gets bigger and more and more people make a point of putting the dates into their diary as soon as they are published.

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Set in the amazing grounds of Milton Abbey School, stands a fantastic abbey in which we sing for the whole weekend. It’s just like having our own cathedral. We work on a wide variety of music but, rather than working towards services, we spend our time working on vocal technique, interpretation, expressiveness and performance techniques as well as letting our hair down both vocally and socially.

At the end of the course there is an informal sing through of the music covered on the course which friends and family are most welcome to attend. There is a reason people keep coming back to this course; it’s tremendous fun and there’s always a great atmosphere. I am delighted that we will have the usual team together again, with Ben Saul and Jonathan Hope assisting me and playing the organ and piano. We are provided with accommodation at the school as well as amazing food and plenty of lovely wine, all included in the price.

The music we plan is as follows:
Allegri – Miserere Mei
Haydn – Te Deum in C
Rossini – Cantemus Domino
Lasso – Jubilate Deo
Handel – Your Voices Raise
Holst – Turn Back O Man
Bruckner – Os Justi Maditabitur
Grieg – Ave Maris Stella
Palestrina – Sicut Cervus
Sullivan – The Long Day Closes
Soon and Very Soon
Plus Various surprises!

Evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey with Dr Barry Rose 21st September Dr Barry Rose is, to choral music, what Brian Clough was to football (as one colleague of mine put it). He is the man who turned St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir into possibly the most celebrated choir in the world.

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To have Barry working for Choral Holidays is a major coup and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him coming to lead this one day course for us. Starting at 11am, with all music provided, we will be working towards a full choral evensong at 5pm.

Tewkesbury Abbey is a stunning building in which to work and is another step in our quest to run courses in as many churches as possible which are cathedrals in all but name.

The music will be as follows:
C.V. Stanford’s Justorum Animae, Ayleward Responses,
Sumsion in G Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Basil Harwood’s anthem O How Glorious is the Kingdom

Barry will be accompanied on the organ by Tomos Watkins who many of you will remember from our course at Black Jack’s Mill last year.

Cantemus Cum Spiritu
Cantemus Cum Spiritu continues to go from strength to strength. This is our advanced choir who sang with such distinction at Rochester, Wells, St. Paul’s, Portsmouth and St. Alban’s last year.

In February we will be singing for a weekend at Southwell Minster, after which we will be at Ripon for a week before returning to St. Paul’s. If you are an advanced singer and think this may be for you, then click the coloured link and check out the page.

I think that brings you up to date. Please feel free to pass this on to your choirs, colleagues and friends and we really hope to see you on one of our trips soon,

With very best wishes,

Jeff Stewart

We are now offering Singing Lessons either in person or remotely by Skype.

We look forward to seeing you on some of our trips.

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