further details of a course for choral singers led by Rory McCleery
10 to 15 July 2022

The Edinburgh Early Music Summer School is intended for experienced choral singers who are good readers, have a blending, straight voice (or one with 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 eight sopranos, eight means/mezzos, eight altos, six tenors, six baritones and six basses. The plan is to start the course with an early evening (5pm to 7pm) session on Sunday the 10th of July. Then from Monday to Friday there will be rehearsals from 9.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. All rehearsals will be held in Old St Paul’s Church and its adjoining hall. On Friday the 15th of July we will give a public performance in the church, followed by a group supper in a nearby restaurant, which will mark the end of the course. On other evenings we will dine in smaller groups. 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.

Singers of student age – which we will not define too closely – are invited to apply for a full scholarship to the Edinburgh Early Music Summer School. These places are intended for current, recent or prospective university choral scholars, music students or other singers seriously interested in developing their vocal skills and ensemble musicianship. There will be opportunities to form smaller-scale groups outside the times of the choral sessions. The scholars are exempt from the course fee but pay for their own travel and accommodation costs. To apply, just email us giving brief details of your singing experience.

The Summer School will take place in Old St Paul’s Church, a hidden gem of the Old Town, and its adjoining hall. It is in the centre of the city, near Edinburgh Waverley Station, St Giles’s Cathedral and the Scottish Parliament Building. Entrances in Carrubber’s Close and Jeffrey Street give little clue to the splendour within this historic episcopal church with a Jacobite past and magnificent and complete late Victorian original furnishings. Still, a massive tetraptych depicting tumbling folds of white cloth, painted by Alison Watt in 2004, is displayed in the memorial chapel. The address of the church is Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH.

You arrange your own accommodation. Of course there is a bewildering choice – web sites such as
https://www.visitscotland.com and https://edinburgh.org might be a good place to start. Old St Paul’s is three minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Waverley station via Market Street and Jeffrey Street. From the airport there is a tram to St Andrew Square or a Lothian Buses Airlink 100 service to Waverley Bridge, both running every eight minutes.

The fee for the course is £535, payable in two parts: a deposit of £235 or the equivalent in euros on registration and a further £300 by the 1st of June. 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 the booklet containing all the music, which will be sent to you in advance. Accommodation and travel are not included. To apply, 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 send an acknowledgment and aim to let you know if there is a place for you within two weeks.

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 Edinburgh Early Music Summer School.