further details of a course for choral singers led by Will Dawes
28 December 2019 to 2 January 2020

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 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 Saturday the 28th of December. All rehearsals will be held in the Town Hall in the centre of the town. Then from Sunday to Wednesday 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 Thursday 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.

The fee for the course is £435, 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 £240 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.

      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 Corsham Winter School.