a course for choral singers led by Robert Hollingworth, 17 to 22 September 2017

A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a small pueblo blanco in southern Spain. We rehearse a programme of renaissance music for a concert at the end of the week. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

Spanish Music of the Sixteenth Century

Andalusian music dominated the Hispanic world in the sixteenth century. All the trade and plunder of the Americas entered Europe through Seville, giving the city immense power and wealth. Its cathedral, still the world’s largest, attracted many of the finest musicians in Spain; most cathedrals of Spanish America looked to it as a model. Among the composers with links to the city are Pedro de Escobar, Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco de la Torre and Francisco Peñalosa. The works to be studied at the 2017 Jimena de la Frontera Music Week will be published here in the next few days.

 Robert Hollingworth began his musical career as a boy chorister in Hereford Cathedral. Naming the vocal consort he founded while a choral scholar at New College Oxford ‘I Fagiolini’ seemed a good idea at the time, but nevertheless they have since gone on to win world-wide acclaim for a series of innovative productions, most notably the ground-breaking ‘The Full Monteverdi’. Robert combines his performing career with teaching at the University of York. He founded the spectacular if short-lived Islington Winter Music Festival, writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio including Discovering Music and The Early Music Show. He was appointed an artistic advisor to the York Early Music Festival (2006-10) and in 2009 to the Trigonale Festival, Austria. He claims Monteverdi and Monty Python as equal influences on his life and work.

The course is designed for the serious amateur musician. You should be a competent sight-reader, have a straight, blending voice with full dynamic range, be used to normal choral discipline and be able to respond quickly to direction – the aim being to combine professional pace of work with amateur enthusiasm. Participants are of all ages and nationalities and come alone, with a friend or partner, or in a group. Robert Hollingworth is experienced at working with amateur musicians and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. All the public domain music will be printed in a booklet and sent to you in good time before the course.

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


Jimena castle from the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales