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All times and Seasons – A Summer Sing in Salisbury


Enjoy the full, friendly Runbysingers singing holiday experience without getting on an aeroplane!

Join us in Sarum College Salisbury for five days of music making directed by David Ogden. We will be celebrating the seasons of the sacred and secular calendars with a range of British choral music through the ages - from plainsong and anthems by Tallis, Gibbons, Wesley and Howells to folksongs, madrigals by Morley and part songs by Elgar, Holst and Stanford. 

During the week we will enjoy singing opportunities in St Martin's Church, Salisbury, Romsey Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral.  Transport to Romsey will, be provided.

This will be a residential week based in the Sarum College conference centre ​where we all stay as a group, sharing meals, music and fellowship as a group of singers. 

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. Singing couples and individual singers are all welcome. 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. 

Sarum College is in the heart of the City Centre and the amount of walking and standing involved during the week should not challenge anyone of average fitness. If you have concerns about the required level of activity please contact us in confidence before you book.

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Musical Director

David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, choirs at the Royal Mail, Airbus and Sawday's Publishing and, in his post of Head of the Bristol Choral Centre, he conducts the Bristol Youth Choirs.  Read more...



    Tallis: O Lord give thy Holy Spirit
    Gibbons: If ye be risen again ; The Silver Swan
    Purcell: Thou knowest Lord
    Wesley: God be merciful unto us
    Ireland: Greater Love
    Elgar: As torrents in Summer
    Weelkes: Weep o mine eyes
    Morley: Sing we and chant it and My bonny lass
    Ogden: Christ has no body now but yours;  Here I am, my God.
    Stanford: The Blue bird
    Holst: Come to me
    Amy Summers: Nunc Dimittis
    Goodall: The Lark in the clear air
    Neume: The water of Tyne

Where to stay?


We will be staying in Sarum College, a study centre in the close of Salisbury Cathedral. The rooms are simple but comfortable and are all en suite.

Singers can check in any time from 2.00 pm on Sunday 29 August, explore Salisbury,  then join their fellows for an early supper and a first run through the music.

Getting there


Public transport links to Salisbury are excellent. There are direct trains from London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. If you are planning to drive, please check the following link for detailed directions 

What does it cost?


The course fee is payable in two stages - a deposit of £195 and a further £650 no later than six weeks before the course commences .  This covers tuition, four nights accommodation (based on two sharing) the outing to Romsey, lunch every day, and four evening meals. Music - which can be kept - will cost £20 and is sent out six-eight weeks in advance.  The single occupancy supplement is £20 per night. 


Holiday insurance

Insurance is not included so we strongly recommend that all singers take out their own cover. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman ( or Emma Ford ( or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 893972. The office is not always occupied so please do leave a message and we will get back to you.