further details of a course for choral singers led by Will Carslake
28 December 2017 to 2 January 2018

Ambleside is at the head of Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District and surrounded by England’s most spectacular scenery. Many notable figures have a connection 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; 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 Winter School will be held in the adjoining Parish Centre, an award-winning new building in the local Lakeland slates, with breathtaking views of parkland and fells, car parking and excellent accessibility throughout. The address is Vicarage Road, Ambleside LA22 9DH.

The plan is to start the Winter School with an afternoon (5pm-7pm) session on Thursday the 28th of December. All rehearsals will be held in the Parish Centre next to St Mary’s church, near the centre of the town. This opening rehearsal will be followed by a supper served in the Parish Centre. Then from Friday to Monday there will be rehearsals from 9.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. The schedule on Tuesday the 2nd of January may be slightly different and will include a public performance in the Parish Centre in the early evening, followed by a supper there, which will mark the end of the course. The opening and closing suppers at the the Parish Centre are included in the fee for the course; on other evenings we will allow the party to break into smaller groups to eat at the many restaurants in the town. All the public domain music will be printed in a booklet and sent to you before the course.

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 £445, paid in two parts: a deposit of £200 or the equivalent in euros on registration (this will be returned in full if you have to withdraw before 1 November; after that you may hold it over to another course) and £245 by 1 December. The fee includes payment for the two suppers in the Parish Centre and the booklet containing all the public domain music, which will be sent to you in advance; accommodation is not included. To enrol, 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 then send you details of how you may pay the deposit.

      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 Winter School.

The winter school will be held in the main hall at Ambleside Parish Centre. The award-winning building by Paul Grout Associates is next to St Mary’s church and has breathtaking views of parkland and fells.