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Lincoln Summer Schools - 13 August to 17 August 2024

Directed by David Allinson & Matt Finch


Lincoln Summer Schools - two courses for 2024

Following the success of last years UK Summer Schools at Lincoln University we are returning this year with two brand new courses.

Course One - Voices from Tudor Lincolnshire: Motets for the Virgin Mary
This course will be directed by David Allinson and will focus on English choral music of the 'Golden Age'. 
Read David Allinson's introduction to Voices from Tudor Lincolnshire here.

Course Two - I got Rhythm : Gershwin, Porter and Ellington
Matt Finch - Maestro of the Musical Theatre - will direct another programme of classic numbers from the Great American Songbook.

These are two separate courses with singers signing up for one or the other.

Lincoln itself needs little introduction and the shiny new campus of Lincoln University is just across the lake from the Town Centre. Up on the hill the majestic cathedral is clearly visible.

The courses runs from Tuesday evening, when we meet for dinner, to the following Saturday where we perform our new repertoire at a lunchtime concert - followed by Afternoon Tea.

Who is the course for?

This course is for experienced singers who want to improve their choral technique and enjoy exploring a rich mix of repertoire in a convivial social setting.  Music will be sent out in advance and, while nobody is expected to be note perfect on arrival, we do expect singers to familiarise themselves with the music beforehand. This is not a course for beginners but anyone who has been singing regularly in a choral society or church choir is unlikely to feel out of their depth.  

Our singing holidays have proved equally popular with people travelling on their own and singing couples. We all eat together each evening where everyone will soon get to know each other.


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Musical Director

Dr David Allinson is a highly respected choral trainer specialising in the history and performance of Renaissance sacred music. He read Music at St Peter's College, Oxford (where he was a choral scholar) and took his Master's with Distinction at University College, Durham before completing a doctorate on the devotional context and meaning of early Tudor sacred music at Exeter University. Read more...

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Musical Director

Matt Finch - a prolific composer and arranger - has been singing and performing music since he was a small child.  
Musical Director for Bath Light Operatic Group for over 25 years, Matt completed his music degree at Bath Spa University where he conducted the choir and orchestra. Since then he has conducted several choirs including many virtual and online choirs.  Read more...


    Robert Parsons - Peccantem me quotidie a5 SAATB
    Robert Parsons - Libera me de morte aeterna a5 SAATB
    Robert Parsons - Credo quod redemptor a6 SSAATB
    Robert Parsons - Magnificat in English a8 SATBSATB
    Robert Parsons - Nunc dimittis in English a8 SATBSATB
    Robert Parsons - Retire my soul a5 SSATB
    John Taverner - Audivi vocem a5 SATB
    John Taverner - Ave Maria a5 SATTB
    William Byrd - Optimam partem elegit a5 SAATB
    Heinrich Isaac - Tota pulchra es, amica mea a4 SATB
    Andreas de Silva - Nigra sum a5 SATTB
    Pedro de Cristo - Quae est ista a5 SSATB
    Francisco Guerrero, Dulcissima Maria a4 SATB
    Tomás Luis de Victoria, Beata es, Virgo a6 SATTBB
    Rodrigo de Ceballos, Hortus conclusus a4 SATB
    Victoria, Vidi speciosam a6 SSATTB  

    Don't it Make my brown Eyes Blue - Richard Leigh
    The Way we were - Marvin Hamlish
    They can't take that away from me - Gershwin
    Just One Of Those Things - Cole Porter
    You Do Something To Me - Cole Porter
    Solitude - Duke Ellington
    It Don't Mean a Thing - Duke Ellington
    I Got Rhythm - Gershwin
    Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin
    Night and Day - Cole Porter
    Satin Doll- Duke Ellington
    Nice Work If You Can Get It - Gershwin

Where to stay?


We will be using  the university's student accommodation which is bright, clean and recently built  - but not particularly spacious.  The rooms are all en suite and all contain a single 4 foot bed - six inches narrower than a standard double. There are no twin rooms but there are also NO SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENTS.

Couples are advised that the beds are not designed for two full-sized adults to sleep in. All rooms have access to tea and coffee making facilities.


Getting there


This bit is up to you and is not included in the price. Lincoln University is right beside the railway station and this is the recommended way to get there. If you come by car, there is no parking on site unless you have a blue badge. 

What does it cost?


The course fee is payable in two stages - £245 on registration and a further £695 no later than eight weeks before arrival in Lincoln. This covers tuition, the concert, four nights accommodation with breakfast at the university, four evening meals - and afternoon tea. Music - which can be kept - will cost £35 and is sent out six-eight weeks in advance. 

Holiday insurance

All singers are strongly advised to take out appropriate holiday insurance and supply their policy details to us before the course begins. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman ([email protected]) or Emma Ford ([email protected]) or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 372702. The office is not always occupied so please do leave a message and we will get back to you.