further details of a course for singers and instrumentalists led by Eamonn Dougan and Greg Skidmore, 13 to 18 August 2017

Eamonn Dougan read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and works alongside Harry Christophers with Genesis Sixteen, the ensemble’s training scheme for young singers. He is also the founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, with whom he has conducted a number of world premieres including AQUA by Eriks Esenvalds and Nico Muhly’s Looking Forward. Passionate about choral music, Eamonn directs choirs and workshops across the UK and Europe. He is the Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society and has recently been appointed Associate Director of the London Youth Choir. In September 2008 he was appointed visiting professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort. Recently he appeared as guest conductor with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Huddersfield Choral Society. He has appeared on disc and on the concert platform throughout the world with many of Britain’s leading ensembles and is a member of I Fagiolini.

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 13 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 18 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 £475, paid in two parts: a deposit of £230 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.