About the course
Open to singers from 16-25 years old, the course offers a unique opportunity to work with two of the world's foremost early music ensembles in a beautiful 15th century setting.
During the week candidates will sing in the full choir (about 45 voices), a smaller evensong choir (c. 24 voices) and smaller consort groups (around 8-12 voices). Evensong and Compline will be sung throughout the week and concerts will be given by the Tallis Scholars (Thursday 26 August) and Fretwork (Friday 27 August)
Throughout the week, Peter Phillips, Nicholas Wilks and Ghislaine Morgan will be in residence along with the course accompanists.
The Tallis Scholars
The Tallis Scholars will take up residence on Thursday 26th and this will provide opportunities to work formally and informally with the group as well as see them in rehearsal. They will give a private concert in the evening for course participants, their friends and families.
Fretwork, one of the world's leading viol consorts, will be joining us on Friday 27 August, working with course participants during the day and giving an evening concert. There will be plenty of opportunities to get to know the group and to work with them in rehearsal and in performance.
The course will focus on music from the 15th and 16th century, including unaccompanied works and works performed with organ or with Fretwork.
The main focus of the course will be a concert, directed by Peter Phillips on the afternoon of the final day. Held in Winchester College's newly refurbished concert hall, consort groups will bring together the music they have been working on during the week. All the singers will join forces in the full choir to sing a selection of larger scale works.
Individual singing lessons will be provided for all students. Teachers are also on hand in many of the rehearsals to address any questions which may arise.
The Consort Course takes place at Winchester College in Hampshire.