CORSHAM WINTER SCHOOL
further details of a course for choral singers led by Aidan Oliver
28 December 2018 to 2 January 2019
Corsham is an attractive small town in the south Cotswolds, its many fine buildings attesting to its mediaeval prosperity from the wool trade, and later, the quarrying of Bath Stone.
Corsham Court, an Elizabethan stately home is well worth visiting for its impressive picture collection including a Betrayal of Christ by Van Dyke and an Annunciation
by Fillippo Lippi, Chippendale’s largest delivery of furniture, Adam decorations and a park, with public access, landscaped by Capability Brown. The Corsham Winter School will be held mainly in the recently refurbished Victorian town hall, an excellent singing venue with good heating, lighting and acoustics.
The plan is to start the Winter School with an
afternoon (5pm-7pm) session on Friday the 28th of December. All rehearsals will be held in the Town Hall in the centre of the town. Then from Saturday to Tuesday there will be rehearsals from 9.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. Each
evening we will have supper together at different restaurants in the town (not included in the fee for the course) and see in the New Year with the traditional party at Cantax House in Lacock. The schedule on Wednesday the 2nd of
January will be slightly different and will include a public performance in the Town Hall in the early evening, followed by supper which will mark the end of the course. All the public domain music will be printed in a booklet and
sent to you before the course.
You arrange your own accommodation. Corsham has
a range of places to stay: bed and breakfast houses in the town or surrounding countryside, pubs, comfortable hotels, self-catering cottages and the spare rooms of local supporters of the course. We will send you a list when you
have accepted a place. The nearest railway stations are Chippenham and Bradford-on-Avon (the hyphens are necessary if you are dealing with it on the internet); National Express coaches from London Victoria and Heathrow stop on the
edge of the town, making Heathrow as convenient an airport as Bristol.
FEES AND ENROLMENTThe fee for the course is £425, paid in two
parts: a deposit of £195 or the equivalent in euros on registration (this will normally be returned in full if you have to withdraw before 1 November; after that you may hold it over to another course) and £230 by 1 December. The
fee includes payment for the booklet containing all the public domain music, which will be sent to you in advance, but not meals or accommodation. 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.