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Summer in Salisbury - 27 August to 31 August 2023

Directed by David Ogden


Summertime in Salisbury

Following the success of last year’s event, David Ogden once again leads this feast of singing in the wonderful city of Salisbury. Have the chance to sing a wide range of sacred and secular music from across the ages in some glorious buildings including Salisbury Cathedral and St Martin’s Church with a day trip to Romsey Abbey. There will also be plenty of time to explore this historic city. 
Staying in Sarum College in the close overlooking the Cathedral, this course is a marvellous opportunity to sing some choral favourites and explore some new music from around the world.  Something old, something new and maybe something bluesy! 

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, Read more...


    Greater Love hath no man - John Ireland
    My God I love thee from St Mark Passion - Charles Wood
    Everyone Sang - Brian Knowles
    Beati quorum via - Charles Stanford
    Justorum animae - William Byrd
    Call to remembrance - Richard Farrant 
    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace - SS Wesley
    I was glad - Henry Purcell
    Be thou my vision - Bob Chilcott
    Loving wisdom -Thomas Hewitt Jones
    A Prayer of St Columba - Cecilia McDowall
    The Hills - John Ireland
    Hymn to the Eucharist - David Ogden 
    Evening hymn - Balfour Gardiner
    The long Day closes - Arthur Sullivan 


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 27 August, explore Salisbury,  then join their fellows for an early supper and a first run through the music. The course ends after lunch on Thursday. 

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 £675 no later than six weeks before the course commences .  This covers tuition, four nights accommodation with breakfast (based on two sharing) lunches and dinner throughout the course, and tea and coffee during breaks. Music - which can be kept - will cost £25 and is sent out six-eight weeks in advance.  The single occupancy supplement is £20 per night. 

Holiday insurance

All participants are advised to have appropriate holiday cancellation insurance in place. 

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.