further details of the course in Tobago for choral singers led by Justin Doyle
28 January to 2 February 2018

  Justin Doyle directed the very successful first Singing in Castara in 2016. Before that he had made Lacock appearances at the Corsham Winter School in 2013 and the Trogir Music Week in 2015. He was born in Lancaster and is now once again based in the north-west of England, where he has conducted the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra and the Manchester Chamber Choir. He was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He has been a prizewinner in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers. He has recently taken up the highly prestigious role of Principal Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir.

The course is designed for choral singers with a taste for adventure. You should be a competent sight-reader, have a straight, blending voice with full dynamic range, be used to normal choral discipline and be able to respond quickly to direction. Participants are of all ages and nationalities and come alone, with a friend or partner, or in a group. Justin Doyle is experienced at working with amateur musicians and the atmosphere is relaxed and informalWe will confirm the repertoire and add further pieces when we have a better idea of the size and balance of the group. Our plan will be to meet in time for supper in one of the beach restaurants on Sunday 28 January 2018. Then on the following five days rehearse all morning (say from 9.30am to 1.00pm, with a break) in the village community centre, then take an indulgent four-hour lunch break – to rest the voice as much as anything else – and then put in another couple of hours of singing before supper. We will also take any opportunities that present themselves to collaborate with local musicians. Throughout the week we’ll all eat together at different restaurants in the evening. We will give a public performance in the evening of Friday 2 February.

British Airways (Mondays and Fridays) and Virgin Atlantic (Tuesdays and Saturdays) both fly to Tobago from London Gatwick. At the moment (June) both are charging £524 for a return ticket on the early-in-the-week flights next February. Your accommodation will be able to arrange a taxi to collect your from the airport for a fare in the region of £25 for two people. The places to stay are typically rooms in small guest houses, and apartments. You arrange your own accommodation. We will act as a clearing house for people wanting to get together to share apartments. Here are direct links to some of the places to stay in Castara, in no particular order:
Blue Mango Cottages
Sea Level Guesthouse
Castara Retreats
Angel Retreat
Sea Scape
Alibaba’s Sea Breeze
Castara Coffee House
Hidden Cottage
Castara Cottage
The Beach House
Porridge’s Place
Naturalist Beach Resort
Carpe Diem Villa

The fee for the course is £480, paid in two parts: a deposit of £240 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 £240 by 1 January. The fee includes payment for the music booklet, which will be sent to you in advance, with all the music apart from the William Todd, but not meals, travel or accommodation. To enrol, just email us and include 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)