Barcelona - 10 July to 14 July
Directed by Jeremy Jackman
Barcelona has been on many singer's wishlist for many year so we are delighted to be visiting this vibrant and cultured city in 2017. Don't worry about the warm July weather; we have found a delightfully air-conditioned hotel and rehearsal room near to the historic centre of Barcelona. There is a taxi rank and a metro station conveniently located just outside our hotel so the market stalls of the Ramblas, the palm-fringed seafront, and Gaudi's iconic buildings are only a few minutes away .
Speaking of Gaudi, we have secured an opportunity to sing in the incredible Sagrada Familia Cathedral, much of which is now complete, and we shall combine our visit with a private guided tour. We shall also arrange a group visit to Gaudi's Park Guell so no need to worry about tickets and queuing .
Accomodation in Barcelona is notoriously expensive and getting an allocation of rooms large enough to house a choir has been challenging so we are delighted to have secured rooms at the popular four-star Hotel Catalonia near Plaza Espana. The hotel has a restaurant, a rooftop bar and a swimming pool, a spa - and a nice large breakfast room complete with nice large breakfast! If you have always wanted to see Barcelona in style, this is your chance. We do most of our rehearsals in the morning so there will be plenty of time off for shopping and sight-seeing. Non-singing partners, who benefit from a generous discount, are very welcome.
Conditor Alme Siderum (15c anon)
O Lord Grant the King (Weelkes)
Credo Quod Redemptor (Lobo)
Todos los bienes del mundo (Encina)
De la Virgen que pario (Cabezon)
I Will Arise (Creyghton)
Teach Me O Lord (Attwood)
Cantate Domino (Monteverdi)
Tebe Poem (Rachmaninov)
God So Loved the World (Stainer)
Surely the Lord is in this Place (Burnell)
Arise, Shine (Handel arr Jackman)
Jeremy JackmanJeremy Jackman's musical education began as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, and continued at the Royal College of Music and Hull University. He sang throughout Eastern and Western Europe as a soloist, and with ensembles such as the BBC Singers, the BBC Northern Singers, the Alfred Deller Choir, the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen.
In 1978 he was appointed countertenor Lay Clerk at Westminster Cathedral, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury. Two years later he was invited to join The King's Singers, succeeding Nigel Perrin as their highest voice, and for the next decade shared their demanding international schedule, performing in the world's most celebrated concert halls and making countless broadcasts and recordings. In 1990 Jeremy resumed work as a choral conductor, directing choirs, courses and workshops all over the world.
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Who is the course for?
This course is for experienced choral singers of all ages; it is not suitable for beginners or people who have not sung in a choir for several years. Participants should have basic sight-reading ability and be prepared to study the music beforehand, although nobody is expected to be note-perfect on Day One.
This bit is up to you and is not included in the price. There are budget flights available from Easyjet and Ryanair. There are also regular scheduled services with the main national carriers. Getting from the airport to the hotel couldn't be simpler, The Express Aerobus leaves from outside the terminal every 10 minutes - first stop Plaza Espana right outside the hotel!
Travel and health insurance
Insurance is not included so we strongly recommend that all singers take out their own cover. You should also bring an EHIC card with you.
What does it cost?
The course fee is £895 which will cover all tuition, four nights 4-star accomodation with full breakfast, two 3-course evening meals with wine, and the private guided tours of the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. This price is based on two sharing so there will be a single occupancy supplement of £35 a night . Non-singers sharing a singer's room pay a reduced rate of £695 . Music for the course, which can be kept, will cost £25.
We will require a £195 deposit per person at time of booking with the balance payable no later than eight weeks before we leave. Invoices will be sent out with the music.
The course starts with dinner on Monday 10 july and ends officially after our concert on Thursday evening . Most people will choose to go home on Friday but if you wish to stay an extra day or, indeed, come a day early let us know in good time and we should be able to arrange it for you.
If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emma Ford (email@example.com) or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 893972. The office is not always occupied but if we are not there, leave a message and we will call you back promptly.