a course for choral singers led by Eamonn Dougan, 24 to 29 March 2019

A week of music for experienced choral singers in a church in the centre of the historic Sussex town of Lewes. A group of up to thirty-six singers will rehearse a programme of Lenten music for a public concert. The general aim is to study an important area of choral repertoire in beautiful surroundings and a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Robert White ~ Lamentations
Antonio Lotti ~ Crucifixus
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina ~ Stabat Mater
Tomás Luis de Victoria ~ Tenebrae Responsories
Robert Ramsey ~ In monte Oliveti, O vos omnes

An unashamed wallow in music of the season that seems to draw composers to their highest flights of inspiration. Both the White and the Lotti will be the six part settings of their respective texts, for two sopranos, two altos, tenor and bass. The Palestrina is an eight part double choir piece. If you are a good reader, 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 you are very welcome to join us. The intention is to combine professional pace of work with amateur enthusiasm.

Eamonn Dougan has been a regular Lacock director for the past ten years. He is himself a singer and his courses always contain a substantial element of vocal technique. He is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. Eamonn is an engaging communicator with a particular passion for the Sixteenth and Twentieth Century repertoire, Bach, the French and Polish Baroque. Recent engagements have seen Eamonn conduct  Cosě fan tutte at the Ryedale Festival, Fauré Requiem with the newly formed Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus, and Mozart La finta giardiniera  with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Ensemble. Eamonn has a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen. The first disc, music by Bartlomiej Pekiel, was shortlisted for a  Gramophone Award (‘ Richly dramatic’ – The Observer). The fifth disc, music by Marcin Mielczewski, was released to widespread critical acclaim in September 2017. In 2008 Eamonn was appointed a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort.

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

Eamonn Dougan (right)
on a visit to Lacock
in September 2017,
with Harry Christophers
and Deborah van der Beek