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.
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...
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...
- MUSIC LIST - DAVID ALLINSON
Robert Parsons - Peccantem me quotidie a5 SAATBRobert Parsons - Libera me de morte aeterna a5 SAATBRobert Parsons - Credo quod redemptor a6 SSAATBRobert Parsons - Magnificat in English a8 SATBSATBRobert Parsons - Nunc dimittis in English a8 SATBSATBRobert Parsons - Retire my soul a5 SSATBJohn Taverner - Audivi vocem a5 SATBJohn Taverner - Ave Maria a5 SATTBWilliam Byrd - Optimam partem elegit a5 SAATBHeinrich Isaac - Tota pulchra es, amica mea a4 SATBAndreas de Silva - Nigra sum a5 SATTBPedro de Cristo - Quae est ista a5 SSATBFrancisco Guerrero, Dulcissima Maria a4 SATBTomás Luis de Victoria, Beata es, Virgo a6 SATTBBRodrigo de Ceballos, Hortus conclusus a4 SATBVictoria, Vidi speciosam a6 SSATTB
MUSIC LIST -MATT FINCHDon'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.
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 ample parking on site but it is no longer free and the approach to the University Brayford site is not well signed. Let us know if you want to bring a car and we will arrange parking for you and make sure you have good driving directions.
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.
All singers are strongly advised to take out appropriate holiday insurance and supply their policy details to us before the course begins.
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.