Salzburg Summer School - 27 May to 1 June
Directed by Ghislaine Morgan
Salzburg High Voices Summer School
"such a gorgeous selection of music that those of us who usually sing only with chaps never get the chance to sing" - Carol B, Clevedon
"Ghislaine was one of the most inspiring vocal coaches I have ever worked with - always encouraging and positive.
"My private lesson with her was really helpful" - Sara F, Bath
This course led by the wonderful Ghislaine Morgan offers ladies a unique opportunity to enjoy music written for high voices - in one of the music capitals of the world. Having enjoyed ourselves so much in Gozo last year, we have invited the charismatic and indefatigable Ghislaine Morgan back to offer Run by Singers' first ever specialist workshop exploring some of the beautiful sacred music written for upper voices (soprano and alto) throughout the centuries. We'll sing pieces ranging from hypnotic medieval motets and the exquisitely crafted polyphony of Lassus, to expressively romantic Caplet. The workshop will include daily warm ups to anchor us in solid technique, and arrangements of lively and moving Spirituals by Ghislaine. Salzburg being forever the home of "The Sound of Music" we might even dig out a clever canon or two.
Expect lots of fun, lots of learning and great music. Ghislaine is an expert in singing technique so you can also expect lots of practical tips on breathing, posture, and control of the voice. If you need individual help there will also be opportunities to book private singing lessons with her. That's all on top of the lush music you will sing together as a group in rehearsals and the final concert - and it all happens in Salzburg! So there will be great cakes, great coffee, stunning scenery, Mozart's birthplace and all the settings from The Sound of Music.
If there is sufficient interest we will go on the official Sound of Music guided tour special guided coach tour starting with the convent and ending deep in the Austrian Lake District at Mondsee - where Maria and the Captain got married.
This will be our third visit to Salzburg and we always have a fantastic time. So please join us; by all means bring your non-singing menfolk (we will even give them a discount) but as far as the music is concerned it's ladies only please.
Transport is not included but there are direct flights to Salzburg's small friendly airport and nearby Munich - even from the budget carriers. Late bookers will find Munich a better option with a wider choice of flights.
You need to arrive in time for dinner on Saturday night - so any arrival before 7.30 will be fine. The course proper will end with our concert - in the Marble hall of the Mirabell Palace - on Wednesday evening which will be followed by dinner. Most people will go home the next day, Thursday 1 June, unless they are planning to stay on an extra day. A detailed timetable will be sent out with the music around six weeks before we arrive in Austria but the course will follow the usual RBS format with four- five hours a day of singing (mostly in the morning) and plenty of time off to explore Salzburg.
Who is the course for?
This course is for choral singers of all ages who want to spruce up their singing. It's not really for beginners but there will be practice tapes available so you don't need to be a great sight-reader. Participants should be prepared to study the music beforehand, although nobody is expected to be note-perfect on Day One.
Non sumus in mundo (Hildegard)
Quasi Aurora (Hildegard)
Psalite cum Luya (Anon)
Laudemus Virginem (Anon)
Mass for three voices (Caplet)
O Salutaris Hostia (Rossini)
Fun pieces, special arrangements and exercises
What does it cost?The course fee is £795 which will cover all tuition, music and course notes, five night's three-star accomodation in a modern hotel 20 minutes walk from the City Centre, and two three-course evening meals. Transport is NOT included. This price is based on two sharing so there is a single occupancy supplement of £30 a night. Non-singing partners, sharing a singer's room, pay a reduced fee of £595 subject to availability.
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.
If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emma Ford (email@example.com) or you can try ringing us during normal office hours on 01462 893972. The office is not always staffed but, if you leave a message, somebody will get back to you promptly.