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A Week in Vilnius - 14 July to 21 July 2024

Directed by Patrick Craig


A Week in Vilnius

Vilnius, which is an elegant and under-explored European capital will see RBS complete it's Baltic triangle following previous highly successful singing events in Riga and Tallinn. We are delighted to welcome back Patrick Craig to direct a feast of choral music taken from his year at London's St Paul's Cathedral – where he is a Vicar Choral.

"The music for this week will take us on a joyful and exhilarating journey through the liturgical year at St Paul's Cathedral, from the glitter of Christmas, through the emotions of Holy Week to the delight of Easter. This programme features some of our most beloved regular repertoire and includes music written especially for the building. "        Patrick Craig
We generally choose nice hotels for you but we are particularly pleased to be working with the 4 star Hotel Neringa in Vilnius. We think you will really enjoy staying there. On our half-day Thursday we there will be an opportunity to visit Trakai castle - the castle in the middle of the lake featured in our picture gallery above - have some lunch, and enjoy a guided tour of the castle and grounds.

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. 

The course will begin with supper at 7.30 pm on the Sunday evening with rehearsals starting in earnest on the Monday morning. The end of course concert will take place on the Saturday night with most people leaving for home the next day.

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Musical Director

Patrick Craig is a countertenor, harpist, teacher, lecturer and conductor. He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral and has sung almost a thousand concerts with the Tallis Scholars. Read more...


    Eccard- When to the Temple Mary went
    Wesley - Wash me throughly
    Battishill - O Lord look down from heaven
    Greene - Lord let me know mine end
    Weelkes - Hosanna to the Son of David
    Hadley - My beloved spake
    Finzi - God is gone up
    Stainer - I saw the Lord
    Elgar - The Spirit of the Lord
    Alec Roth - Jubilate  

Where to stay?


We will be staying in the Hotel Neringa, a comfortable 4 star hotel in downtown Vilnius. You will need to arrive on Sunday 14th  in time for dinner 
The course ends after breakfast on the following Sunday. 

Getting there


This bit is up to you and is not included in the price. Vilnius has it's own airport not far away from the city centre and budget flights are available as well as regular services with the main national carriers.  

What does it cost?


The course fee for the week is £1295.  This covers tuition, seven nights accommodation in the Neringa  with breakfast (based on two sharing) and four 3-course evening meals with wine. Non-singers sharing a singer's room pay a reduced fee of £895. Music - which can be kept - will cost £35 and is sent out six-eight weeks in advance.  The single occupancy supplement is £35 per night. 

Holiday insurance

All participants are required to take out appropriate holiday insurance and supply their policy details to us before the course begins. You should also bring a GHIC card or an EHIC card with you - if yours is still valid. 

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.