further details of a course for singers and instrumentalists led by
Justin Doyle, David Hatcher and Greg Skidmore
12 to 17 August 2018


  Justin Doyle has recently taken up the highly prestigious role of Principal Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir. For Lacock he directed the very successful first Singing in Castara in 2016 and the return visit in January 2018. Before that he had made Lacock appearances at the Corsham Winter School in 2013 and the Trogir Music Week in 2015. He was born in Lancaster and is now once again based in the north-west of England, where he has conducted the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra and the Manchester Chamber Choir. He was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He has been a prizewinner in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers.

David Hatcher is a ubiquitous figure in the early music world, equally at home on wind instruments and viols. He has performed or recorded with most English early music groups of note, including  Fretwork, The Consort of Musicke, Musica Antiqua of London, The Corelli Orchestra, The Harp Consort, The Consort of Musicke, I Fagiolini and Sprezzatura, as well as The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Globe Theatre and Glyndebourne Opera. In 1987 he moved to Japan for nine years, taking an active part in that country’s flourishing early music scene and recording with Chelys, Ensemble Ecclesia and the Bach Collegium of Japan. Recent projects include Damon Albarn’s opera ‘Dr Dee’ and I Fagiolini’s 40-part Mass by Alessandro Striggio. He performed in the inaugural season of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2014 and in the acclaimed production of ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’ in 2014 and 2015. He is a founder member of Philomel and The Intrepid Academy, which explores the rich heritage of early 16th century Venetian music. He lives in Leominster.

Greg Skidmore is the director of The Lacock Scholars. Born and brought up in Canada, he studied at the Universities of London and Oxford and was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral and a lay clerk at Gloucester and Christ Church Oxford. He now has a varied career of consort, choral, and oratorio singing, and conducting. Recent solo engagements include Bach’s S. Matthew and S. John Passions, the Mass in B Minor, and Christmas Oratorio, all with Ex Cathedra; Stravinsky’s Canticum Sacrum with the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham; and the Brahms, Faure, Mozart, and Durufle Requiems. Choral and consort singing is his speciality, and he has sung with The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra Consort, Alamire, Oxford Camerata, The Brabant Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Cappella Amsterdam, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, La Grande Chapelle (Madrid), Currende (Antwerp), and the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir (Toronto).

The plan is to start the Ludlow Summer School with an early evening (5pm-7pm) session on Sunday 12 August. All rehearsals will be held in St Laurence’s Church, SY8 1AN, in the centre of the town. From Monday to Friday there will be rehearsals from 9.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. The public performance will be at 6pm on Friday 17 August. Because of the probable size of the party we will arrange group suppers in a restaurant on the first and last evenings only (not included in the fee for the course). We will print all the public domain music in a booklet and send it to participants in good time before the course. We will supply instrumental parts.

Singers of student age – which we will not define too closely – are invited to apply for a full scholarship to the Ludlow 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. We can help in finding inexpensive lodgings. To apply, just email us giving brief details of your singing experience.

The official tourist web site lists a large range of hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation. Ludlow has a railway station on the Welsh Marches Line, which runs between Shrewsbury and Hereford and is operated by Arriva Trains Wales. The nearest major airport is Birmingham.

The fee for the course is £490, paid in two parts: a deposit of £245 or the equivalent in euros (this will be returned in full if you have to withdraw before 1 June; after that you may hold it over to another course) and £245 by 1 August. The fee does not include meals, travel or accommodation. To enrol, just email us and include 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 Ludlow Summer School.