Choral Workshop with Simon Carrington

Saturday 22nd October

Time 10am -5.30pm

At last, postponed twice, we will be able to work on Benjamin Britten’s astonishing ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ and Edward Elgar’s Great is the Lord, two very different pieces of British music, under the direction of one of the greats of choral conducting. We will have a full line-up of young soloists, and the Edington Priory organ will be given a full work-out!  Both works are quite short (25 minutes including solos for the Britten and 10 minutes for the Elgar) so there will be plenty of time to really get to grips with them. The day will end with an informal run-through for any friends and family who would like to come along.

Simon was a Choral Scholar at King’s College Cambridge, and was a founder member of the King’s Singers, (baritone) and also co-director. During his 25 year stint with them he was also a free-lance double bass player and was regularly invited as a guest performer, in particular with the BBC Philharmonic and the Monteverdi Orchestra. More unconventionally, he is also the (uncredited) singer in the end credits of the first series of the 1983 BBC sitcom The Black Adder. 

After moving to the United States in 1994 he became professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music in 2003 and founded the Yale Schola Cantorum which he directed for six years. He was appointed Professor Emeritus at Yale University in 2009.

Wiltshire born and bred he has now returned home, dividing his time between here and France, while still travelling all over the world conducting concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

This workshop promises to be extremely rewarding and great fun.  Application forms will be available for downloading from here or by email in May. Watch this space!

Adults £25 including music hire and morning refreshments. £10 for students in full time education or training.

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