further details of a course for choral singers led by Rory McCleery
21 to 26 March 2021

Corsham Lamentations is intended for experienced choral singers who are good readers, have a blending, straight voice (or 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 six first and six second sopranos, six first and six second altos, six tenors and six basses. The plan is to start the course with an afternoon (5pm-7pm) session on Sunday the 21st of March. All rehearsals will be held in the Town Hall in the  centre of the town. 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 26th of March we will give a public performance, 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.

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.

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 £545, paid in two parts: a deposit of £245 or the equivalent in euros on registration and £300 by 1 February. 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 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.