a course for choral singers led by Justin Doyle
13 to 18 October 2019

Singing in Rome is an international gathering of amateur choral singers. We will rehearse and perform a programme of Renaissance music with a leading specialist conductor. The general aim is to explore an important area of repertoire and create an intense musical experience in a relaxed and convivial setting.

Tomás Luis de Victoria ~ Missa Gaudeamus, Vidi speciosam
Cristóbal de Morales ~ Jubilate Deo omnis terra, Beati omnes qui timent Dominum

At the age of ten Tomás Luis de Victoria became a choirboy in the cathedral of his native Ávila in Spain. When his voice broke at seventeen he was enrolled as a student at the Collegium Germanicum in Rome. There he was to spend the next twenty years. He occupied a number of posts including the Roman Seminary, where he succeeded Palestrina as maestro di cappella. His Missa Gaudeamus, combining the order and beauty of sixteenth-century Italian writing with the passion and fervour of Spanish music, dates from this period. It is based on the motet Iubilate Deo omnis terra by Morales, which was written to be sung at the 1538 Truce of Nice, the cessation of hostilities between Francis I King of France and Charles V King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, as a result of shuttle diplomacy by Pope Paul III (the mutual enmity of the two rulers was so great they refused to sit in the same room). In the motet and the Mass both composers make much use of the opening phrase of the introit Gaudeamus omnes – Let us all rejoice – as a cantus firmus. Other pieces will be confirmed when the planned balance of voices has been achieved.

The Victoria Mass is scored for six voices SSAAT/BarB and the aim is to convene a group of 36, with six voices on each line. The course is designed for the serious amateur singer. 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. Justin Doyle is experienced at working with amateur musicians and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal.

  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.

The course will be held in the centre of Rome in All Saints church at Via del Babuino 153. Via del Babuino runs from the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) to Piazza del Popolo, an area once known as the English ghetto. From the Spanish Steps (nearest metro Spagna), turn right towards Piazza del Popolo and the church is on the left at number 153. Via del Babuino is the street leading away from the Piazza di Spagna on the left  in the 18th century etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi above. The scene is little changed today.

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