a course for choral singers led by Bill Carslake
28 December 2021 to 2 January 2022

This course is cancelled. We hope to fit Bill Carslake’s programme into the Lacock schedule at a future date.

A week of music-making for choral singers in the Wiltshire town of Corsham, on the southern flanks of the Cotswolds. The Winter School is a tradition dating back to 1990; in the early days it was held in Lacock itself: more recently at other places, such as the tiny village of Zennor on the Cornish coast near Land’s End, the bookshop town of Hay-on-Wye and Ambleside in the Lake District. The aim is always to combine serious and dedicated singing with as much good cheer as possible.

Hildegard von Bingen
~ Alma Redemptoris Mater (sopranos)
Josquin des Prez ~ Missa Ave maris stella
Jean Mouton ~ Nesciens Mater
Adrian Willaert ~ Ave Maria, gratia plena
Thomas Tallis ~ Psalm 67 from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter
Thomas Campion ~ Never weather-beaten sail
Carrell and Clayton ~ Amazing grace

Bill Carslake writes: “This programme follows the path of the light. It explores inner and outer oceans. At its heart is Josquin’s Missa Ave Maris Stella and Willaert’s Ave Maria, Gratia Plena. Other spiritual guidance comes from Willaert’s teacher, Mouton, in his Nesciens Mater. Tallis’s God Grant with Grace is paired with Carrell and Clayton’s Amazing Grace, and the whole programme is interspersed with spoken quotations from Hildegard von Bingen and Shakespeare. Hildegard’s Alma Redemptoris Mater guides the traveller to rest at last, where ‘Glory there the sun outshines’, in Campion’s Never Weather-beaten Sail.”

Bill Carslake is a composer and writer as well as a musical director. His music and words are inspired by outdoor places and his collaborators: writers, climbers, artists and scientists. He also runs the words, design and analytics agency, Clarity & Hart, to work with low carbon shipping companies. More information about his practice here:

Further details of the timetable, travel, accommodation, fees and enrolment.