further details of a course for choral singers led by Eamonn Dougan
15 to 20 May 2022

The Ambleside Music Week is intended for experienced choral singers who are good readers, have a blending, straight voice (or one with a controllable vibrato) with full dynamic range, are used to normal choral discipline and are able to respond quickly to direction – the intention being to combine professional pace of work with amateur enthusiasm. There are places for twelve sopranos, eight altos, four tenors, four baritones and four basses, giving four voices to a part in the eight-part pieces. The plan is to start the course with an afternoon (5pm-7pm) session on Sunday the 15th of May. All rehearsals will be held in the church of St Mary and the adjoining Parish Centre. This opening rehearsal will be followed by a supper in a nearby restaurant. Then from Monday to Friday there will be rehearsals from 9.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. On Friday the 20th of May we will give a public performance in the church, followed by a second group supper, which will mark the end of the course. On other evenings we will break into smaller groups to eat at the many restaurants in the town. The two group meals are not included in the fee for the course. All the music will be printed in a booklet and sent to you before the course.

Ambleside is at the head of Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District and is surrounded by England’s most spectacular scenery. Many notable literary figures have a connexion with the town, including Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. There was a Roman fort here but the town flourished when the coming of the railways and the building of a ferry terminal opened it to tourism, so the buildings are largely Victorian. The parish church, St Mary’s, was built in 1854 by George Gilbert Scott, architect of many London landmarks including the Foreign Office, the Albert Memorial, the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras station and King’s College chapel. The Ambleside Music Week will be held in the church and the adjoining Parish Centre, an award-winning new building in the local Lakeland slates, with breathtaking views of the surrounding parkland and fells. The address is Vicarage Road, Ambleside LA22 9DH.

You arrange your own accommodation. Ambleside has a range of places to stay: bed and breakfast houses in the town or surrounding countryside, pubs, comfortable hotels and self-catering cottages. There is a comprehensive non-commercial directory on the Visit Cumbria web site at The nearest railway station is four and a half miles away at Windermere, the end of the Lakes Line (which connects with the West Coast Main Line at Oxenholme), with a bus connection to the centre of Ambleside every 15 minutes.

The fee for the course is £560, payable in two parts: a deposit of £280 or the equivalent in euros on registration and a further £280 by the 1st of May. The deposit may be credited to another course if you have to withdraw and we are able to allocate your place to another singer. The fee includes the booklet containing all the music, which will be sent to you in advance. Accommodation and travel are not included. To apply, just email us the information listed below or if we already know it just let us know that you would like to come. We will send an acknowledgment and aim to let you know if there is a place for you within two weeks.

      o your name
      o address (to send you the music booklet)
      o telephone number(s)
      o preferred email address
      o voice (soprano – mean/mezzo – alto – tenor – baritone – bass)

    Email us for further enquiries about the Ambleside Music Week.

The Ambleside Music Week will be held in St Mary’s church and the adjoining Ambleside Parish Centre. The award-winning building by Paul Grout Associates has breathtaking views of the surrounding parkland and fells.