2 Nights £290
3 Nights £335
Non Resident £195
After the 10 hugely successful visits to the wonderful Milton Abbey, we return again for our annual weekend of making music, in the most fantastic surroundings. Whether you are a regular or a first timer, you will be made most welcome on our longest running course.
Deep in the beautiful Dorset countryside, set in a natural amphitheater of wooded hills, stands the magnificent church of Milton Abbey. Originally established by King Athelstan in 933, the present building, with its extraordinary acoustic, dates from the 15th Century, with building having been halted by King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. The Abbey became a boys school in 1953.
For 10 years, we have experienced not only the beauty of the school and the setting, but also the thrill of having our own abbey in which to practice and perform. This makes it a great place for people with little experience to come and learn what it’s like to sing choral music, but, it also provides a chance for more experienced singers to come concentrate on learning better vocal technique and performance skills.
This has proved an immensely popular course. From humble beginnings with 16 participants, it has grown year on year, and now attracts around 100 people.
With the help of our two wonderful organists, Jonathan Hope and Ben Saul, and led by our artistic director Jeff Stewart we will be exploring some of the greatest music in the choral repertoire.
Of course, some people will have concerns about safety. We can only reassure you by saying that, owing to a huge investment on the part of the school into facial recognition, heat detectors and sanitizing stations, Milton Abbey School has not had one single case of Covid 19. Added to this, our own precautions meant that we had no cases of Covid 19 as result of people attending our 2021 course.
We will begin the course at 11am on Friday 5th August and finish with an informal concert of the music on which we have worked, on the afternoon of Sunday 7th. We will also have a service of plainsong Compline on the Friday evening, an organ recital from our splendid organists, and a recital from our musical director, Jeff Stewart with accompaniment from Ben Saul.
You will be staying in the school, where you will receive all your meals and will have access to the tennis courts, golf course and swimming pool. There will be the option to arrive on the previous evening on a bed and breakfast and evening meal basis.
The accommodation is the school accommodation, but this is of a good standard. This does not mean dormitories. The rooms are mostly twin, but we are easily able to accommodate those who wish to have a room to themselves. The rooms are not en-suite. The surroundings are stunning and the food sumptuous. Your accommodation, food and all drinks at mealtimes are included in the price. If you would prefer to stay off-site, we have a daily rate available for lunch and dinner.
We look to find a balance in the music that will challenge people and provide them with the opportunity to work on vocal and performance technique.
There is no actual requirement to learn the music before coming on the weekend, but it goes without saying that the more familiar everyone is with the music before arriving, the more we will achieve and the more fun everyone will have.
There is a lower limit on numbers. We have to have at least 45 people, so, if you are nervous about booking, fearing you might be the exposed, don’t be. Assuming the numbers continue to rise, you will be part of a large crowd.
All we ask is that you arrive with a sense of adventure, prepared to be challenged but also to have a great deal of fun. We want you to leave feeling better equipped to express yourself through music and with new ideas on vocal technique and performance technique which will enrich not only your singing but life in general.
The Milton Abbey weekend promises, once again, to be a truly uplifting experience in this most wonderful of English locations.
The repertoire will include the usual wide variety of pieces, with something to please everyone. We return to an idea which we have used before: a “Mix and Match Mass” including a Kyrie from Mozart’s Requiem, Gloria from Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, Credo from Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Sanctus from Rheinberger Mass in Eb, Benedictus from Dvorak’s Mass in D and finally the Agnus Dei from Gabrieli’s Missa Brevis in F. In addition to this we will have Justorum Anaimae by Roland di Lasso, Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Wesley’s Blessed be the God and father, & Pearsall’s Lay a Garland . There are bound to be additions to this.
Cost of the Holiday
Price: £290 2 Nights (Deposit £150)
With extra night including Evening Meal, Bed & Breakfast £335.00 (Deposit £150)
Staying Off-Site with lunch and dinner included £195 (Deposit £150)
For Non Singing Partners the fees are:
Staying on-site for 2 nights £155 (Deposit £150)
Staying on-site for 3 nights £215 (Deposit £150)
Staying Off-Site with Lunch and dinner included £110 (No Deposit Required)